Liar. Maybe intentionally. Maybe naively.
Paul said we've been bought with a price, so don't become the slaves of men again (1 Corinthians 6:20). He meant we are already free. Freedom is ours. It is a reality. These people don't know it. The keys to their own freedom lie everywhere. The same for the teacher. Unfortunately, they are a part of a system that supports slavery but they can't see it.
There is a difference between formal freedom
and actual freedom
. Formal freedom is when we are permitted to make choices within a given system or ideology. Actual freedom is when we question the very structure that grants us formal freedom to the point of undermining its power over us altogether.
Perhaps, like me, you became tired of operating within the system, constantly tweaking and reinventing and renovating it and constantly shifting yourself to comfortably fit in it. You eventually realized that we've already been doing that forever without any substantial change.
Perhaps, like me, you realized that you wanted real freedom, authentic freedom, actual freedom, and that the only way to do that was to throw the whole system into question by leaving it.
Perhaps, like me, your departure from the system was a testimony to your family and friends and the system that you believe it had failed and would continue failing to create the culture of actual freedom.
(Does this describe you? I invite you to join The Lasting Supper.)