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As I fought and fought the dragon of legalism, He wouldn’t give up! By God’s grace, I wouldn’t either. Hours went on by, which turned into days, and finally…weeks! After many many attacks of the legalistic dragon, I finally struct him with my sword. I wish I could say he will never return. However, once I weaken the dragon, his cousin, the dragon of licentiousness, comes and attacks!
Another attack to distract me from Jesus…
It is so often the case when legalism starts to lose its grip on you, the Dragon of Licentiousness is close by and ready to emerge. Once the dragon of legalism leaves, his cousin is ready to strike. It’s a endless vicious cycle.
Licentiousness will be defined as, “Focusing exclusively on being free and by doing so disregarding the rules and sins God has set for our joy.”
An example of licentiousness would be a view that says since I am free in Christ, I do not have to worry about my sins. I can commit shameless acts because I am free.
Of course, they wouldn’t say it like that, but that is what happens.
Legalism Verse Licentiousness
Legalism says you have to do such and such a thing to receive God’s love or to gain his approval. Licentiousness, on the other hand says, since Christ has died for my sins, I can continue in my sins because I am loved and secured by God. Licentiousness sounds good at first. It takes a truth of Scripture but applies it in a way that will wreak havoc.
Dragons are meant to destroy and we must, through the help of Jesus, take out our sword’s and slay it.
Has God secured you? If you are a child of God’s, then yes! You are loved by God. He wants what is best for you. You can’t out-sin God’s grace in your life. However, the Bible issues strong warnings against licentiousness (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
The hard part with the lie of this dragon (Licentiousness) is that it uses Scripture and then twists it to justify a license to sin. Sin is anything that does not bring honor and glory to God. What Scripture does this dragon thwart?
Galatians 5:1 talks about us being free.
“You are free, so therefore do not worry about your sin. You are free. Do what you want.”
The problem is what I want is often sin! The Bible speaks to this.
Galatians 5:19-21 says that those who do such things will not inherit heaven. This is not to say you will not struggle, but if you continue in such lifestyle, there is no evidence of your salvation. So, please repent!
Romans 6:1-4 says we do not boast in the grace we have received to keep on sinning. The complete opposite! Run! Turn away! If saved, our desire is to become more like Jesus.
If we claim to be a Christian, we won’t continue in our sinful lifestyle, we will repent and pursue Jesus.
Looking to Jesus
Christ knows you will sin. We are not perfect in this life, but praise be to God that Jesus has justified us by his grace (Romans 3:23-24). The Apostle Paul says there is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1). Praise God. We may sin. We may have to fight against both dragons constantly. but we can’t grow tired.
Galatians 5:22-24 is what we should fight to replace our sinful desires with.
Jesus willingly died for our sins, let’s not fall for the trap of this dragon, let’s look to Jesus who is more pleasurable than any lie Satan or our flesh claims. Because Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). Praise God!