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Should inmates have to choose between Jesus and freedom?

Writing in World magazine, Andrée Seu shares:

I recently wrote about a man in a Michigan prison whose parole was contingent on completion of a mandatory program for sex offenders. To recap, Daryl became a believer sometime during his 24 years of incarceration and has been walking with the Lord. He submitted to all the stipulations and homework of the program for months but came to a place where compliance was in direct conflict with what he saw in the Word of God.

The program in question, run by an outside treatment center, seems to employ a mode of brainwashing and is very nearly a cult. Its main tools for behavior modification are intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, and peer pressure, notably shaming and ostracism, things destructive to one’s sense of self and integrity.

But far worse, the program leaders don’t want to hear anything about Jesus. At one point, Daryl told the group that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior, and he was censured, told that “using religion is a crutch.” When Daryl learned that in order to graduate he had to say things about himself that directly contradicted Scripture, he had a problem on his hands: Does he comply outwardly (while embracing the truth inwardly) in order to not forfeit his chance for parole? Or does he refuse to compromise the truth?

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    many of these so-called services are in conflict with religion instead of utilizing a positive influence they combat it. Sad.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Inmates have used “religion” such as finding Christ or becoming a Muslim etc. as a means of attempting to make folks think they are now part of the good guys. This man is a convicted sex offender. A large portion of sex offenders are going to repeat that after they get out. Have read too many cases of men re-offending while “out on parole”. He shouldn’t ever get out on parole. He made sure he didn’t when he wouldn’t compromise. Good.

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