Today is the 4th of July and many will celebrate freedom. But what does freedom really mean? Many think freedom is all about the pursuit of happiness, the pursuit of ones ambitions, passions, dreams, desires, and live life to the full. As I myself am learning in the career field I may not get exactly the job that fulfills all my dreams, passions, desires, and fulfillment. However many career authors write their books with this perspective, yes even ones that claim to be christian. So what does freedom mean to you? Charles Stanley has a message series on Real Freedom. http://www.intouch.org/broadcast/today-on-radio When you become a child of God are you a slave of God, or is salvation just a ticket to heaven and is the earth just another paradise of freedom for your pursuits and pleasures? Many churches these days do not preach much or at all on this topic in their own shame, as most do not want to hear any offensive message. But I hope this will challenge you. I myself am suffering the consequences of trying to fulfill my pleasures years ago in the Charismatic movement with my debts. So the pursuit of pleasure does have a consequence just as living for Christ has one. Stephen paid with his life, and as a certain author that I won't name mentioned in his book becoming a christian may cost you your life, your job, your finances, your family and your health.