Natural right(s)

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(Lev 25:44-46).

  1. Those nations were wicked sinners (Lev 18:27-28).

  2. The result of sin is bondage (Joh 8:34; Rom 6:16,20).

  3. By their sin, those nations forfeited their natural right of liberty.

  • God sold His own people into captivity because of their sin (2Ki 24:14-16; Isa 5:13).

    1. They relinquished their natural right of liberty by their sin and rebellion.

    2. If we sin, we are the slaves of sin (Rom 6:16-17).

    1. Governments can't give natural rights, nor can they take them away.

      1. Because natural rights come from God and His law, Governments can only acknowledge and protect them, they can't grant them.

      2. If they can't grant them, then they can't legitimately take them away.

        1. The founders of America recognized this fact and enshrined it in the Declaration of Independence.

        2. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men...” – The Declaration of Independence

      3. Both politicians and patriots promise to give people liberty, but many of them are the servants of corruption (2Pe 2:19).

      4. Natural rights may be violated by governments, but they can never be taken away or alienated from a person by anyone, including a government.

        1. "Seneca the Younger wrote: 'It is a mistake to imagine that slavery pervades a man's whole being; the better part of him is exempt from it: the body indeed is subjected and in the power of a master, but the mind is independent, and indeed is so free and wild, that it cannot be restrained even by this prison of the body, wherein it is confined.'" (Natural and legal rights, Wikipedia, 4-11-16)

        2. The apostle Paul was bound in prison, but his mind was not bound, nor was the word of God which he wrote and preached (2Ti 2:9).

        3. The truth will make us free (Joh 8:32), no matter what kind of oppressive government we live under.

        4. As Christians, we have liberty in Christ (Gal 2:4; Gal 5:1; Gal 4:26-31).

          1. Jesus came to set the captives of sin free (Luk 4:18; Joh 8:33-36; Rom 6:17-18,22).

          2. The New Testament in Christ's blood is the law of liberty (Jam 1:25; Jam 2:12).

          3. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2Co 3:17).

          4. At the resurrection we will be completely free from the bondage of corruption (Rom 8:21).

        5. Even if we are servants or slaves, we are Christ's freemen (1Co 7:22).

          1. If we can be free, then we should choose to be free (1Co 7:21).

          2. We belong to Christ and we should not spiritually be the servants of men (1Co 7:23).

          3. In Christ Jesus and in His church, it matters not if we are servants or freemen (1Co 12:13; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11).

        6. Men can take our freedom from us, but they can't take our joy (Joh 16:22).

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