Do Not Bring People into Bondage

You know how the Judaizers were following Paul and seeking to bring his converts into bondage.  I can’t imagine that they were doing this with consciously malicious motives.  Rather, they were doing what they thought was right before God – just as Paul himself had been persecuting Christians before his conversion, thinking he was doing God a service.

It’s common for people to think they are serving God when they are actually doing the opposite.  Consider the most dramatic example of all: the Jewish leaders who turned Jesus over to the Romans for crucifixion “for the good of the nation.” 

Similarly, you think you are helping God by seeking to attract people to your church.  It doesn’t seem like bondage to you.  In fact, it seems like the opposite.  You think you are setting them free. Instead, you are just helping them exchange their irreligious bondage for a religious bondage.  They are still bound to sin.  Only an awareness of Jesus can free them from sin.  You can tell them about Jesus, but you can’t give them the freedom.  Moreover, if they think joining you is what gives them the freedom, they will miss Jesus and remain bound.

Set them free.  Tell them to stop serving you and your church so that they can go back to the world from which they came and serve Him there.

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