Some Christians are converted out of the world, where they had little or no religious background. They become Christians, but after a time they bump into the Lordship of Jesus Christ, in practical living. So when he orders something they don’t like, they leave the Way and join a denomination that permits them to follow their human desires. And there they stay, talking about Jesus as Lord and Savior, but denying his sovereignty over their lives, thinking that God will approve of their religion.
He “follows my statutes and observes my regulations by carrying them out. That man is righteous; he will certainly live, declares the sovereign LORD.”
Ezekiel 18.9 NET
Jesus Christ is either Lord of our entire life, or he is not Lord of any of it. Over us he must have the dominion, not our permission. His will must be obeyed, not weighed and evaluated.
The righteous person will live when he faithfully obeys the commands. He who uses freedom in Christ as a pretext to satisfy worldly impulses will be condemned.