我在网上看了莱克兰“复兴”的纪录片。一个身体画满了纹身的讲员，站在舞台上叫喊，同时台下的人蹦来蹦去。之后，人们排着队等着被他按手，希望得到医治。在整个90天的帐篷聚集中，人们来自世界各地想要“经历”神。有些人甚至辞掉了工作，希望这样的“复兴”会带给他们新生命。年轻人又蹦又笑，躺在地板上抽搐，在赞美的歌中跳舞，完全沉浸在来电的情绪中。其中的一个人说，“我觉得好自由”，另一个说“神好美”。但我没有看到一个十字架，我也没有听到一个字谈及耶稣被钉十字架。我的感觉是，他们确实是自由了，从“那十字架讨厌的地方” 被释放了（5:11）。 3个月后，讲员因为外遇，与他的妻子离婚，这场“复兴”就这样结束了。这部纪录片并没有告诉我们那些辞掉了自己工作的人后来如何。
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“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal 5:1). But what exactly is the freedom Paul was talking about?
I watched the documentary about Lakeland “revival” on internet. The preacher, whose body was covered with tattoo, stood on the stage screaming while people jumping up and down below. Afterwards, people lined up to be touched by him in hope of getting healed. Throughout the 90-day tent meeting, people came from all over the world to “experience” God. Some even quit their jobs, hoping such “revival” would give them new lives. Young people, jumping, laughing, lying on the floor twitching, and dancing with praise songs, were totally immersed in the electrifying atmosphere. “I feel so free” said one of them, and “God is so beautiful” said the other. I did not see a single cross, and I did not hear a single word about Jesus crucified. I get the feeling that they were indeed freed, freed from the “offense of the cross” that is (5:11). Three months later, the preacher committed adultery and divorced his wife and the “revival” was over. The documentary does not tell us what happened to those who quit their jobs.
Meanwhile, I once talked to a young Christian. He had been struggling with a hidden sin for a long time. He put up a good façade every Sunday, but his spirit was tormented by the shame of the hidden sin. He even secretly held bitterness against God. Finally through the help of his peers, he was set free by the gospel. He realized that we all struggled with different sins, and only through the cross we may overcome. He continued to struggle and continued to triumph through the power of the gospel. He found the peace and acceptance in Christ through his loving peers, and he no longer felt ashamed but was eager to help others with similar struggle. He was truly set free by the truth, the truth of the cross, of Jesus crucified, and he was ready to be a vessel of God.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” (5:13). I feel sorry for those who were misled by the false prophet, and they paid a dear price for mistaken their sinful nature as freedom. On the other hand, I am greatly encouraged by the freedom my friend received through the gospel. He helps me see the true meaning of freedom in Christ. Thank you, my friend.
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