Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Spiritually speaking, the inability to use freedom rightly is why some of God’s people are best off left INSIDE Christianity. They are “safer” inside Christianity’s prison walls because they are forced to be under authority there; when they are outside its gates, there is no restraint, and they will destroy themselves. When you get out of prison, you have to work, live, and learn to lead a normal life. For many, that can be a difficult thing after being in prison for a number of years.
Help your children, Jesus!
That is why we must not try to impose our will (that all of God’s children come out of Xty) upon any of our brothers and sisters. I have seen cases where coming to the light from Christian sects liberated some believers, but not for their good. Not all of God’s people have the knowledge to be “free indeed” and remain close to God. They must remain under a certain weight of bondage in order to stay happy.
In the past, I have on occasion sympathized too much with certain saints who were going through hot trials. My experiences with them taught me not to get in the flesh with sympathy, for I saw that when God lifted the heavy burdens off those saints’ backs, they backslid into sin. I understood then that God is always right, and that whatever He is putting any one of His children through is what that child of God needs.