The Freedom to Serve

November 8, 2006

I am in the midst of reading Kingdom Come by John Mark Hicks and Bobby Valentine. I intend to write a review of the book here once I am finished. But in my reading I came across the following quote, which is so good that I feel compelled to post it:

In some respects the bondage of law appeals to the flesh more than the freedom of the gospel… The slave’s life is easy in some respects. He is told what to do, and when he has done that, he is through. His master sees to all the problems of life for him. All he has to do is to follow orders. There are not a few Christians who would thank you to tell them exactly how much Bible reading they are expected to do every day, how many times a day they are to pray, exactly how much of their money they are to give, how much of Christian work they are to do, and exactly what work; also what they must not do — in short to have a rule and code of precepts which they are to perform, by which to keep out of hell and go to heaven. But the free Christian must ever seek the mind of his Lord: he must judge what is well-pleasing to Him, must study and think what love would do; and he cannot be content with the mere right and wrong: he must exceed those bounds; in short, he must follow Jesus. — Robert H. Boll, Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (1951) page 29.

I’m sure we have all come across people who want to be told what to do. The ICOC bred an entire generation of people who thrive on that approach. It is reassuring, in a way, to know that this malady was not invented in my lifetime! And the remedy has been around for about 2000 years.


  1. Alan,Great post.I am in the middle of reading it too. Can wait to get hear your review. I think so far it has been interesting. I also wanted thank you for adding to the discussion on my blog. I have had serveral people ask: what congregation and how did it begin. I appreciate it greatly if you can share this information. I enjoy reading your blog and thoughts in discussions. God bless and keep up the great blogging.

  2. Is this a new book? I am in the midst of reading “Down in the river to pray” which if a fair representation of baptism in the Christian life.

  3. It’s relatively new. One of the authors is Bobby Valentine, who blogs at Stoned-Campbell Disciple. He wrote an article on the book a couple of months ago

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