Personal responsibility is required in order to have freedom. One has to take personal responsibility for their choices and actions in order to be free. Today, I continue to be disturbed by the trend of abdicating freedom by yielding various issues and personal freedoms to “the experts.” Our health is not our choice, we just need to do whatever the experts tell us. Science is not my expertise, so I should just believe whatever the scientists tell us. In order to have fairness in the workplace, we just need to follow the procedures the government gives us. Since I’m not a Bible scholar, I should not make any judgments upon whether something is right or wrong theologically. In order to have freedom, one must exercise personal responsibility. I am responsible to make choices about science, health, theology, education, philosophy, politics, etc. if I am free. To be a steward of my freedom, I must become informed and choose a course of action. If I surrender my personal responsibility to have less of a load on my mind/pocketbook, I abdicate my freedom. Self-government is required for all Christians under the authority of the Word of God. It is why the Apostles at a certain point declare they must obey God rather than men and practice civil disobedience. We are not free to be passive biblically but rather actively engaged in this world. Just survey the Old Testament. Personal responsibility also empowers and legitimitizes compassion for compassion is a free choice to extend a hand, or a word to another.
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Ryan loves to hike, strategy games and learning. As a thinker and slight introvert with the heart of an apologist and expositor, much of Ryan’s writing has sought to build a case for Christianity for the unbeliever and encourage a faithful walk with God for the Believer. He loves to use mass communication for the sake of the Gospel and the Church. #expository-apologetics #theology #BibleStudy #discipleship Ryan knew that his sin deserved Hell and as a young boy, asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive Him. It was not until He was about 12 years old that he came to understand that the Lord called Him to more than just forgiveness of His sin. Jesus came so that all who come to Him are not only forgiven but have a personal relationship with Him (John 17:3). About the age of 15, the Lord called Ryan to ministry and began throwing open unsolicited opportunities to preach. Since that time, Ryan has served in various forms of ministry but has a particular heart for the local church and equipping Believers through teaching the Word of God. Ryan has earned the Gold Medal of Achievement from Royal Rangers, a B.A. in Communications from Thomas Edison, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He has also completed a doctoral course in Biblical Exposition from Liberty University in 2020. Ryan has authored multiple books mostly focused on Bible study and Theology. Most have been self-published, while a few have been picked up by Ichthus Publications. Personal Statement “My desire is to serve my Savior Jesus Christ and glorify Him. To that end, I believe He has called me to minister to the American Church. My hope is to serve as a teaching/discipleship pastor, continue authoring Bible studies for churches, equip other elders according to 2 Timothy 2:2, and teach as an adjunct professor for the sake of the Gospel and making deeply rooted disciples of Jesus. In short, a trivocation of teaching, pastoring, and writing. My prayer and desire is that my “life message” be Matthew 6:33, Colossians 1:27c-29, and Psalm 71:17-18.” View all posts by Ryan M Marks