Galatians 2:4, “ This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.”
1. The Gospel leads to cultural freedom. Works-oriented or moralistic religion presses people to behave SPECIFIC rules for dress and daily living. Why? If your salvation depends on obedience to rules then you want those rules specific and clear. You don’t want: love your neighbor as yourself. That’s an impossibly high standard which has endless implications. These standards are cultural and would force Christians to form cultural ghettos. It would emphasize external cultural separation rather than internal motive and outlook. We’d be enslaved to doing outward things that are not the core to faith and transformation in Christ.
2. The Gospel leads to emotional freedom. Anyone who believes that God’s love is based on keeping up moral behavior is on an endless treadmill of guilt and insecurity. We are not free from the moral law. We must not murder, steal, etc. But we are free from the moral law AS A WAY TO LIVE. It’s not a system of salvation. We obey in the freedom of gratitude, knowing we are saved in Christ.