Turkish Title: Hristiyan'ın Özgürlüğü
Original Title: On The Freedom of a Christian
Author: Martin Luther
Everyone wants to be free. Some work to be free, others fight to be free. But the majority of those who seek to be free cannot find the freedom they are looking for.
Can a person who is acting out of their human desires truly be free? Is someone who can travel where they want and do what they want really free? Is a dictator who is subject to no-one free themselves?
Paul wrote to the Galatians that "It was for freedom that Christ has set us free." And through this verse Martin Luther discovered that the thing that sets a person free is freedom from the pain of their conscience in regard to unforgiven sin.
Some abuse this new-found freedom by living according to the desires of the flesh. The Apostle Paul later in Galatians shows not only that this is wrong thinking, but that a Christian is called to a life of service.
On the Freedom of a Christian (Latin: "De Libertate Christiana"; German: "Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen"), sometimes also called "A Treatise on Christian Liberty" (November 1520), was the third of Martin Luther’s major reforming treatises of 1520This work was originally written in Latin then translated into German and developed the concept that as fully forgiven children of God, Christians are no longer compelled to keep God's law; however, they freely and willingly serve God and their neighbors. Luther also further develops the concept of justification by faith. In the treatise, Luther stated, "A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all."