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Licentiousness is from the word license, meaning permission.

Civil, moral and spiritual license is freedom to act, either with or without restraint.

"With restraint" means freedom to act within certain legitimately prescribed norms or limitations. This applies to licenses issued by governments, local, state and national:

drivers licenses, with and without restrictions; property licenses; marriage licenses; licenses to practice medicine and law, to teach, to publish, to conduct business and trade; and there are laws governing licenses internationally granted by one nation to another.

Personal license is permission a person gives to himself or herself to do something freely, or permission given to another to act.

Corrupt scientific, business and legal practices are usually classified as unethical, sometimes as illegal. Too often scientists, businessmen, lawyers and politicians are unofficially offered a great amount of latitude to stretch, bend and breach rules and regulations by those persons and organizations or bodies charged with responsibility for overseeing and governing their activities and practices and correcting violations of trust and norms of practice. Governmental corruption is normally classified as unethical and illegal. An outraged citizenry may urgently call for legitimate redress of grievances (see United States Constitution and Bill of Rights).

The immorality of "consensual sex" (fornication) is sometimes presented as the legal defense of those persons accused of licentiously committing adultery or rape.

"Without restraint" means unlimited freedom to act, "to do as you please." Moral licentiousness is corrupt behavior without restraint. Anarchism and antinomianism are philosophical expressions of licentiousness. "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law". See Thelema.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible condemn moral and spiritual license as the evil of licentiousness, unrestrained behavior, unbridled passions and unrestricted lifestyles, such as is often promoted by the entertainment industries in films and books. Such behavior has been falsely promoted as "fully human freedom" and "freedom of expression" unfettered by the moral and spiritual principles of decency and of godly religion (1 Timothy 3:14-16; 3:5; 2 Peter 2:19-22). Atheism promises freedom from such restrictions.

Christian denominations which hold the doctrine of Eternal Security, also called "Assurance", nicknamed "Once saved, always saved", have been accused of promoting irresponsible licentiousness, by doing away with the fear that God will punish sins freely committed by Christians after they have once accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The Catholic doctrine of Indulgences has been grossly misrepresented in anti-Catholic polemic as a form of officially sanctioned "permission to sin". Some Catholics have promoted the scandalous falsehood that "I can do anything I like, as long as I go to confession." The Catholic Church has condemned this assertion as promoting the sin of sacrilege, "abuse of a sacrament", and as a cover for unrepentant immorality. The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther has been accused of being antinomian in his theology of salvation without any necessity for doing good works. See Corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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Compare the following Bible texts:

Matthew 7:15-27
Romans chapter 6
1 John 3:4-18
James 1:16–2:26
John 15:1-10

See also:

commentaries on Ezekiel 18:24
commentaries on Matthew 7:21
commentaries on Matthew 12:33
commentaries on Matthew 25:29
commentaries on Revelation 22:12