The only Way to Freedom and Eternal Life, is to follow and obey Jesus. Very few people are willing to do it and that is why they are in bondage. Most professing Christians are sinners. They are slaves to sin. The wages of sin is death. As long as you keep on sinning you are doomed and on your way to hell. Jesus Himself said:“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:34.
If you accept and obey Jesus, repent and be baptized in water, Jesus makes you NEW, you are BORN AGAIN and become a child of God. Then you are not a slave any more but a son, a child of God. You receive a NEW NATURE, the nature of your Father, the nature of Jesus, you SIN NO MORE. You are not in bondage any more, you are free from the bondage of sin.
Most professing Christians are not born again, they are not children of God. They are just converted sinners, they have put on new clothing, but underneath the covering they are the same. A pig differs in nature from a sheep. Pigs love mud, they roll in their own dung. You can wash a pig and put perfume on it but at the first opportunity it will dive back into the dung pile.
Sheep avoid mud. If they accidentally fall into mud they immediately struggle to get out of it. Many professing Christians have the pig nature. They love sin. At the first opportunity they dive right into it.
Some Christians have the goat mentality. They almost look like sheep but fences hardly keep them in. They either jump the fence or find a hole through which to escape and cause havoc. Goats destroy everything. They eat anything, plants and even clothes from the washing line. They climb in trees and destroy gardens and trees, ripping the bark off trees causing them to die. They climb on cars, roofs and anything. They are aggressive. They fight each other, they bully the small ones, sometimes for food, at other times just for fun. They will even ram their owners and other people. They are crafty, headstrong and stubborn, they follow their own mind.
Jesus said:”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”John 10:27,28.
Most professing Christians are not His sheep. They do not know nor follow Him. They are not born again.
Those with the pig nature love sin and filth. They cannot resist temptation. They don't want to stop sinning. Even when Jesus saves them and pardons their past sin, many climb out of the water after being baptized and run back to the sin and filth. They don't want to be saved from sin, they don't want to be clean and holy. They wallow in the dung.
Others are goats. They are selfish, aggressive, independent, for ever breaking out, climbing over the fence, going their own way and causing havoc wherever they go. They are disobedient and refuse to follow Jesus. They follow their own mind, instinct and desires. They follow their opinion, doctrines, own interpretation of the Bible. They persecute and bully the true followers of Jesus who walk in truth. They will go after anyone who tempts them with a tasty morsel of false doctrine. They love lies and listen to the false preachers who promise them prosperity, once saved always saved and the false grace gospel, which is the goat gospel. They think they can repent every day and go back to sin the next day. They don't want to follow Jesus and obey Jesus.
Others have the mule mentality. They are stubborn and unfruitful. They don't want to work for the kingdom of God. They call it a works gospel. They want to be idle while enjoying the pleasures of life. They are unfruitful, they cannot produce offspring. They are the tares that Jesus spoke of. The tares look like wheat but do not produce a useful crop.
You need to be born again and have the sheep nature and you need to follow Jesus, the good Shepherd. If you follow after the hirelings, the false prophets and false preachers you will get slaughtered and deceived. If you stray from Jesus the wolves, the false worldly churches and prosperity preachers will grab you and rob you of your money while they lead you to hell.
You need to LISTEN to Jesus and FOLLOW Him to have eternal life. Accept Jesus with all your heart, go after Him, repent, be baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sin. He will forgive your past sin and set you free from the bondage of sin. He will make you new, born again. He will give the new nature in you, the nature of a child of God. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit, who will come and live in you, to teach and guide you, so that you will hear the voice of Jesus and be able to follow Him. You have to stay with Jesus, LISTEN and FOLLOW Him until the end. Do not be foolish and return to your old sinful fleshly nature, because then you will be destroyed. You will sin and you will perish.
Jesus will guide you to FREEDOM and LIFE. He alone is the Way the Truth and the Life. Seek Him, find Him, follow Him until the end and He will give you eternal life. If you once knew Jesus but you strayed from Him and lost your way, repent and run back to Jesus, before you die away from Him, in your sin, because then you will perish.
May Jesus bless you.