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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I think that understanding that "God + 0 = Salvation" is huge. We just don't need to add anything to the works of God. Playing around with anything related to Christianity is very dangerous. This world makes it very tough to stay close to God, and we should attempt to stay as far from this world as possible. The Holy Ghost certainly makes it possible. Thank you God for your Mercy!
Hi Brother Donald!
Let me emphasize this: "staying away from the world", as you said, must be done inwardly, as you already know. Many men and women in history, and even now, have thought that to stay away from the world physically (monks, nuns, hermits, etc.) would help make them holy. And withdrawing into a cave or monastery, etc., can make a great impression on the flesh. But that mindset is carnal and worthless to the kingdom of God. Thank God for saving us from that error! We do people no good unless we live where they live. That is the very reason Jesus came to live among us! Thank God Jesus wasn't a monk or a hermit!