Brother Ron Barnes
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Gatebuilder Ministry
A ministry to ministries. We want to help you become a more effective servant of our Father and your community.

Living Smart
Outreach Ministry

Equipping people to be positive,  productive members of the community.

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Prayers and prayer resources for Baha'i, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, New Age, Pagans and other faiths.


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Resources to expand your knowledge and understanding of the world's major religions

Music Ministry
Ron's original gospel songs and links to Christian music web sites.

Resource Directory
Where to find help for medical problems, abuse, finances and other issues.

Career Planning
How to identify the right career, locate potential employers and get the job you want.



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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is Freedom Really Free?

 

Dear Brother Ron

Is freedom actually free or does it come for a price? I would like to know your answer because I know mine. I hope your answer will help me to better understand.

 

Bronchosfan

 

Dear Bronchosfan

 

I rejoice that I live in a country where I am free to worship God in my own way or not worship Him at all. Millions of people do not have that freedom. We must remember, however, that authority must be accompanied by responsibility. The government and our Father have given me the authority to choose my form of worship. Along with that comes the responsibility to use that authority in a way which does not harm myself or others.

 

For example, I believe the actions of the Catholic priests who sexually abused children placed in their care violate this principle. Likewise, those who use their pulpit to preach hatred against racial groups, homosexuals and other religions are in violation. So are those who turn their church into a money machine. Jesus was not too thrilled with the money changers in the temple.

 

You should also be aware that there have always have been and will always be people who try to deprive us of our freedoms. Things have been done in the name of the "Patriot Act" which would have the true patriots who founded this country spinning in their graves.

I believe it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said "The cost of freedom is constant vigilance". We must be constantly alert for those who would deprive us of our freedom in the name of security. Another famous person once said, "Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither and will soon lose both".

Best always
Brother Ron