Exercising your Christian Liberty should always be about doing everything for God and never about escaping those pesky doctrines.
This article on Meeism takes us to a very personal application. Once again, these are observations that we will compare with scripture. Meesim in Christian liberty can be summed as a misperception of, misapplication of, or complete ignorance of the scripture individually. Man desires control of his own destiny; this control has to include god and how god fits into his life. Therefore, man’s will strives to subordinate god to himself. A very natural expansion of our efforts to accomplish this makes worship, relationships, service, the church, scripture, and even Christian liberty about us, not God’s glory. We will find that instead of asking what a church has to offer me, one should purpose to serve God and worship Him.
First, Meeism is a religious movement. It exists in every church across our nation. It tries to make its own application. Meeism beliefs are developed personally based on self-determination and faith in relativistic truth. This is evident in a response, “Well, I believe…..” regardless what the scriptures say. This article will argue that many who claim Christ today pervert biblical liberty in Christ into Meeism.
Meeism changes the church’s purpose from worshipping God to serving man. God does not need the church. God established it as a vehicle for man to serve Him (Luke 4:8; 16:13). We may not care for organized religion personally, but God’s Son sacrificed His life for it (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Timothy 3:15). Colossians 3:16 says,
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
The antithesis of these truths is found in 2 Peter 3:3,
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.
We are servants of Christ. It is His church purchased with His blood therefore we are servants of the church. Christ is the head, the authority of the church (Galatians 1:10; Ephesians 5:23). We are to use our Christian liberty only for God’s service (Galatians 5:13). 1 Peter 2:15-16 says,
For so is the will of God, … as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
The word translated “servants” is also translated “slaves.” Christian liberty is about humble service as a purchased bondservant of the kingdom of God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Meeism makes the Gospel of Jesus Christ about Christian Liberty. Meeism aligns the freedom of Christianity with the world’s sin. Meeism creates arrogance. Many claim knowledge of the scriptures; however, when further questioned personal application is always oriented to benefit the individual or their family’s desires and has little to do with the truth.
Christian liberty is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and being free from the fear of man, fear of death, fear of judgment. We use it to share Christ’s greatest gift with all of mankind, salvation through His Son. God is not pleased when we take His grace for granted.
Many who claim Christ improperly exercise liberty. People have a misconception of the joy of worship being about self, not rejoicing to worship the Lord. Music in worship has become a form of entertainment for the congregation when it should be used to teach, even admonish one another (Colossians 3:16). You will not find the freedom to entertain a congregation for worship in scripture. Worship has never been about our feeling good inside (Psalm 51:15-17). Romans 12:2 says,
be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are not supposed to find the world’s music in the church. The church should be a vehicle by which our minds are renewed and we are transformed into godliness. The church should never be a mirror of worldliness in any way.
Christians also take great liberty with personal responsibility for scriptural application. Many develop unique personal interpretations. Granted, the multitude of ministries compounds the issue. To keep people from strange scriptural interpretations Jesus “gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:11) Seeking the truths of scripture for your family through regular devotions at home is certainly needed. However, living only in your own interpretations is ungodly and unbiblical. God trains men for ministry to train others. Scripture is of no private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). Find a ministry that teaches the scriptures. We should desire not just milk, but meat, the deeper doctrines as well (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Attending church does not provide eternal life however, scripture repeatedly discusses regular worship in a congregation. Claiming a closer connection with God while in the wilderness is no substitute for regular attendance in the house of God. A main reason is found in Ephesians 5:21, “Submit yourselves one to another.” If you can submit to the people of the world, submitting to God is a piece of cake!
Meeism in Christian liberty has promoted promiscuous sex, alcohol abuse, health and wealth gospels and ritualistic worship to punch the weekly worship ticket. Meeism puts on the Christian hat Sunday morning and hangs it in the doorway Sunday night. Christianity is a lifestyle not a day. Christ provides the liberty to live that life in a world completely opposed to Him and His children.
Meeism fabricates a god to please us, to provide emotionally uplifting promises, to promote our self-esteem. Pop-psychology homilies that encourage building self-assurance promote Meeism. Meeism makes church about us, makes us look for things in church that will fulfill our perceived family needs. Meeism is completely void of God’s power, grace, glory, and promises because it does not seek them. Meeism thinks it knows what it needs, looks for those answers while denying God’s omniscience. Meeism wants a god in name only, not one that is truly awesome and worthy of worship; a God that requires personal application and change that recognizes His majesty.
Christian liberty is about being the grace of God by sharing Christ with the world. Freedom in Christ is the answer to Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Where Meeism is prideful and self-serving, true Christian liberty is humble and self-sacrificial. The Christian is simply grateful for salvation, serving and worshipping out of gratitude. Christian liberty operates through a saint belonging to the Kingdom of God while on an earthly pilgrimage. Be a humble Christian and exercise your liberty for His glory alone. Then you may hear, “well done thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 5:21)