Q&A – Can Christians Be “Liberated” Women?


    Can Christians be “liberated” women?


    When dealing with questions like this, it’s important we first define the key word or words within our question. What does it mean to be “liberated”?

    I looked up the definition in three separate sources – the Oxford Reference Dictionary, and the New Bible Dictionary 3rd Edition. “Liberated” is the past tense of the word “liberate” and where we get the word “liberty” from. The Oxford Reference Dictionary and both define “liberate” this way:

    To set free; to free a geographical area or nation from an enemy occupation, foreign control or oppressive government; to free a group or individual from social or economic constraints (rules) or discrimination, especially arising from traditional gender roles or bias.

    As I mentioned, “liberated” is past tense. Let’s reword the question a bit now that we know liberated means “set free” from something. So, “can Christians be women who have been ‘set free’?” Well, we can’t answer a question about Christian women from a purely worldly view, so this is how the New Bible Dictionary defines “liberty”:

    The biblical idea of liberty has its background in the thought of imprisonment or slavery. When the Bible speaks of liberty, a prior bondage or incarceration is always implied. Liberty means the happy state of having been released from servitude for a life of enjoyment and satisfaction that was not possible before (pp. 684-5).

    Both definitions indicate being set free from something, but the biblical definition means set free from prison or bondage, whereas the worldly definition indicates being set free from anything we find oppressive.

    In our time in history, women (with the exception of a few countries) have the right to vote, own property, hold jobs and choose who we want to marry; we decide where we want to go, what we want to do and what we want to say.

    So I have to ask the question: From what do we need to be “liberated”?

    The world defines freedom or liberty as the right to do and say whatever we want. The Bible has direct response to that:

    For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve on another (Galatians 5:13).

    So what does the Bible say about being “liberated” from bondage?

    But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification (receiving the holiness of Christ), and the outcome, eternal life (Romans 6:22).

    At the core of each person’s life is one decision: Be a slave of sin and a sinful world, which the Bible says leads to death (Romans 6:23), or be a slave of God, which leads to eternal life. When we surrender our lives to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ, we’re actually agreeing to give up doing things our way (worldly freedom) and agreeing to live our lives according to God’s will (God’s freedom).

    Worldly freedom is all about my pleasure right now and God’s freedom is about what’s in our best interest and becoming who God always intended us to be with the added benefit of eternal life.

    PI girls, what do you think–can Christians be liberated women? What type of liberty will you choose, the world’s or God’s?

    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I’ve always thought of being a ‘liberated woman’ as meaning that you make your own decisions for your own reasons; thanks for the insightful post! How sad that the world’s definition has come to mean that you basically sleep around for the heck of it…

      • Whoa! I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the world’s definition is basically “sleep[ing] around for the heck of it”! I think that is an obscene exaggeration not only of the definition given in the article, but in way the word is used in today’s world.
        Also, don’t forget that when people “sleep around”, it’s never for the heck of it. There are usually major underlying psychological factors when people engage in premarital sex.

    2. Amen! When you become a Christian, you are automatically liberated from the chains of sin that weigh you down. “I am free to love, I am free to live, I am free to live for You, I AM FREE!” Love that song

    3. As Christians, we are liberated, from sin and all the terrible things that happen with it, and from the world’s “liberation,” which too often is really slavery to what we want (or think others want from us) even if it’s wrong. We are liberated *to* choose to do the right thing, have an actual friendship with the Maker of the Universe and discover who He really made us to be, and be truly happy in life, here and in Heaven! Yes, Christian women are definitely “liberated.” Sisterwhocares, I love that song, too!

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