According to Kieran Cronin, “rights without self-control are sterile. In the Christian tradition: self-control, inner discipline – even amounting to a relatively strict asceticism – is fundamental for freedom. However, unlike the secular tradition which makes inner freedom a matter of human will-power, helped by our internalization of social norms and encouraged by fear of human sanctions, the religious believer holds that this inner freedom derives from God’s grace and the guidance of divine laws.”64
Self-control is one of important necessary things and it is inter-dependent with freedom. In Christian faith, freedom doesn’t mean to be out-of-control. Apostle Paul encourage for “self-control” (Rom 14:17). E. G. White also states “The peace that Christ left His disciples is internal rather than external.”65 To control your mind, body and soul are internal. So Christians are always to be aware and self-control.
64Kieran Cronin, Rights and Christian Ethics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 158.
65Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press