Freedom of Conscience [How Can We Promote Religious Liberty?] – Pastor Ted Wilson

In this episode, Pastor Ted Wilson talks about freedom of conscience in light of promoting religious liberty. He also shares how we can maximize God’s gift of free will as crucial in the work of evangelism.

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Religious liberty and freedom of conscience are very controversial topics. The question is, how can we promote them?

In this episode, Pastor Ted Wilson talks about freedom of conscience in light of promoting religious liberty. He also shares how we can maximize God’s gift of free will as crucial in the work of evangelism.

As Seventh-day Adventists, we consider religious liberty a significant part of our history, beliefs, and mission. The Bible even expresses a sense of urgency concerning this. Hence, we support believers who once stood for religious freedom during the centuries of religious persecution.

In connection, Ellen White has a reminder for us in the Signs of the Times, July 26, 1883:

“The mighty conflicts and victories, the great sorrows and special joys, by which individuals and nations are carried forward in the path of reform and salvation, are of too great importance to be permitted to pass from the memory. Such experiences cost the heroes of faith too much to be often repeated in history; they should not be lightly regarded. Those struggles for freedom of conscience should be a lesson to all, that no truth which involves self-denial and sacrifice will be favorably accepted by the world. A costly effort is required of every soul that will go in an opposite direction from the multitude. All that stand in Christ’s name in defense of the truth must have a history of conflicts and sacrifices. They cannot advance in reform, as Christ leads the way, except at the risk of liberty and life.”

Moreover, religious freedom is a fundamental freedom, specifically a basic human right. Yet, it has not often been practiced over the centuries. While true religious freedom focuses on a personal decision, it is also fundamental to the well-being of societies and countries. Honoring and protecting it promotes peace and justice.

Meanwhile, religious liberty and freedom of conscience have biblical foundations. For instance, God created us with the gift of free will. It is an integral part of human dignity and an expression of His great love.

Hence, religious freedom bears the signature of the God of love. Significantly, it plays a crucial part in the great controversy between God and Satan.

According to Revelation chapters 13 and 14, evil power persecutes those who refuse to worship the beast. In contrast, God’s people proclaim their faith in Him but without forcing them to worship.

Similarly, Jesus prepared His disciples to face persecution, but He didn’t teach them to persecute others. Instead of using violence, they had to love their enemies.

Now, we Seventh-day Adventists are experiencing the challenges of the end time. But amid the rising tension, there is always an opportunity to share our faith. We should never be ashamed to defend the truth. 

As we promote religious liberty and freedom of conscience, let’s speak and advocate with grace, conviction, and passion. Let’s seek wisdom from God to accomplish the task of proclaiming the three angels’ messages.