Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Just as every child of God is saved by faith in Christ alone, he or she is to walk by faith in Christ alone without adding "religious precepts." This is true individually, and it is true corporately, or in our assemblies.
Not only so, this liberty is well attested by the analogies of the church as a priesthood, a body, and an assembly of brethren. Priests are equal in stature except for the High Priest, Jesus. All the parts of the body are necessary and answer to the Head alone. (There is no law against ministry, and hence no human regulation of the impulses to minister. The human regulation, instead, is against ministry contrary to New Testament teachings. It is the work of the elders to regulate rather than to initiate or direct the ministries.) Regarding the brethren Jesus said, "for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren," thus echoing the analogy of the head and the body. (Only Biblical eldership is consistent with this teaching, and not the professional pastorate as practiced.)
Now if Christ died so that we should be free, and this freedom is not only from bondage to sin and the wrath to come but also experimental and practical, then it follows that this liberty means liberty of ministry in the church or it is mere theory. But it is certainly not the Lord's theory, it is His command. It is man's theory.
Concerning liberty of service or ministry Thomas Hughes Milner wrote,
This liberty of service is freedom from tyranny. Wherever there is the intervention of human law in religious service there is tyranny in one degree or other. Its form and extent may vary as the climate and seasons of the globe, but most certain is it that wherever man becomes an ecclesiastical legislator he occupies the throne of the tyrant and usurper. It is usurpation of the peculiar prerogatives of the Lord Messiah for any man to give laws, in things divine, to those who would serve God. Christians may be robbed of their liberty, and entangled in bondage either by the imposition of a ritual of service entirely of man, or by one which, though of divine origin, is yet abolished by God, and, therefore, not obligatory on the freed men of the Lord. That there were endeavours of this entangling sort in the apostles’ time is evident from their acts and epistles, and that these efforts to incorporate the law with the faith have not yet ceased appears from the fact that much of what is popularly called “divine service” is supported only by appeals to the law of Moses. In quite a multitude of points are Christians despoiled of their heaven-given freedom by this attempted incorporation of parts of the first and abolished institution with the new, perfect, and everlasting economy. Many of the religious usages of the day are supported only from the Scriptures of the law. A national or state church; membership by virtue of fleshly descent; worship in which the public indiscriminately are recognized as participants; an order or orders of priesthood apart from the sacred people; sacred edifices, peculiar habiliments, ecclesiastical titles, high or holy days, musical instruments, are all of them defended, so far as Scripture is consulted at all, only from the laws and usages of the Jewish institution. By these entanglements many endure the partial blindness which has happened to Israel after the flesh. Moses put a vail over his face that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished; but their minds were blinded, for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament, which is done away in Christ; but even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless, when it––the heart––shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now, the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, not only from that burden which neither the fathers nor their children were able to bear, but from all human religious impositions. Burdens grievous to be borne always have those been which human authority has imposed on its religious devotees. It is only by the distinct and total denial of religious legislative authority in men that true religious freedom is, or can be, understood or enjoyed. To the precise extent of the acknowledgment of the right of man to legislate in things divine is Christian freedom sacrificed. Therefore said Paul, Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free...Be ye not the servants of men...If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ...As ye have, therefore, received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk ye in him, rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving...Beware, lest any man despoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ; for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead substantially. And ye are complete in him who is the head of all principality and power.