Friday, March 11, 2011

Freedom must be under law

"Whenever freedom is made into the absolute, the result is not freedom but anarchism. Freedom must be under law, or it is not freedom. The removal of all law does not produce freedom but rather anarchy and a murderer's paradise. The Marquis de Sade demanded such a world; the liberty he required made a potential victim of all godly men and assured only the freedom for murder, robbery, and sexual violence. Only a law-order which holds to the primacy of God's law can bring forth true freedom, freedom for justice, truth, and godly life.

Freedom as an absolute is simply an assertion of man's "right" to be his own god; this means a radical denial of God's law-order. "Free­dom" thus is another name for the claim by man to divinity and autonomy. It means that man becomes his own absolute. The word "freedom" is thus a pretext used by humanists of every variety— Marxist, Fabian, existentialist, pragmatist, and all others—to disguise man's claim to be his own absolute.

Freedom, in itself means freedom for something in particular. If all men are "free" to murder, then there is no freedom for godly living; no peace or order is then possible. Men are then no longer free to walk tie streets in safety. If men are "free" to steal without penalty, then there is no freedom for private ownership of properly. If men lave unrestricted free speech and free press, then there is no freedom for truth, in that no standard is permitted whereby the promulgation or pub­lication, of a lie can be judged and punished. False witness is then, favored and the importance of truth is denied. The commandment of James was this: "So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty" (James 2:12). There is a law of liberty; without law, there is no liberty."

-R.J. Rushdoony in Institutes of Biblical Law

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