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Separation series #5: Reasons for Separation

Holiness is all about being separated from sin and sinful influences so that we can be wholly separated unto God and to His will and plan for our lives. In II Corinthians 6:14-18 and 7:1. we are given several reasons for separation. Let’s look at them.

First, to be yoked with unbelievers in attempting to do God’s work is irrational.

It doesn’t make sense. Note the four rhetorical questions that can only be answered by NONE.

1. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? The answer is, of course, NONE! There is no fellowship with righteousness and unrighteousness. They are at opposite poles.

2. What fellowship hath light with darkness? Light is associated with God. Darkness is associated with Satan. The Christian’s purpose in life is to turn sinners from a life of darkness to the light of the knowledge of Christ. Acts 26:16-18. That’s the purpose of this web site. When God saves a sinner, He calls him out of darkness into His marvelous light. I Peter 2:9

3. What concord (harmony) hath Christ with Belial (Satan)? If Christ cannot work in harmony with Satan, why on earth do we think that God’s servants and Satan’s dupes can work together in harmony? To do so is like someone who knows nothing about music, who hates good music and who has no ability to play an instrument and yet wants to play in a symphony orchestra. He doesn’t belong there! Nor does a heretical minister belong on the platform or on the planning or follow up committee in an evangelistic crusade of a Christian evangelist.

4. Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Amos 3:3 asks, “Can two walk together except they be agreed? They may play ball together or work together in secular employment or socialize together, but they do not worship the same God nor serve the same Lord Jesus Christ.

These four questions show that it is totally irrational to attempt to yoke together in Christian service with an unbeliever.

Not only is it irrational, but it is sacrilegious.

What agreement hath the temple of God with idols? II Corinthians 6:16. Paul taught in I Corinthians 6:19-20 that the Christian’s body is God’s holy temple. In I Corinthians 10:14-21 he continues this thought by showing there can be no communion or fellowship between Christians and the unsaved. Such union is an abomination to God. This unholy union is illustrated in II Kings 21 in the life of Israel’s wicked King Manasseh when he built shrines to false gods in God’s holy temple in Jerusalem.

Pagans and heretics don’t mind being associated with Christians in doing the work of God. They want Christians to accept them as Christians. II Corinthians 11:13-15 teaches us how they work by infiltration. But Christians are commanded to have no fellowship with them. Ephesians 5:11.

Furthermore, joining with unsaved to do God’s work is disobedience to Christ.

We are commanded in II Corinthians 6:17 to come out from among them and be separate. That is God’s command all the way from the Ten Commandments and on through the Bible. When we disobey, it is always to our hurt. In Revelation 18:2-4 God’s people are commanded to flee from Babylon, the false ecumenical church of the end time. See Revelation 17 for a description of this church which works hand in hand with the depraved political system of the end time under the Anti-christ.

II Corinthians 6:17-18 tells us that God wants to welcome us into the intimacy of His family and bless us, but He can only do that when we obey Him in the matter of separation from evil. In God’s covenant with David, found in II Samuel 7:12-16, God promises to bless David’s posterity as long as they obey Him. Solomon, David’s son, was the wisest man who ever lived, but sad to say, he became the most stupid man who ever lived when he married 700 wives and took 300 concubines, women from heathen religions. As a result of this horrible yoke I Kings 11:1-11 tells of how these evil women turned Solomon’s heart away from God and eventually his Kingdom was divided and destroyed.

ARE YOU GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR SAVING YOU?
God has been good to us in bringing us into His family through faith in Jesus. It is the depth of ingratitude to refuse to obey God in this matter of separation.

In II Corinthians 7:1 Paul appeals to us in the light of God’s promises. He goes beyond commands. We ought to live a holy separated life from sin; not just because God has commanded it, but because we are so appreciative for all He has done for us.

In Romans 12:1-2 we have the same motivation for surrendering ourselves to Christ; not just because we are commanded, but because of gratitude for all His mercies to us.

That’s why I surrendered my life to Christ when I became a Christian at the age of nine. I was not simply attempting to obey a command. I was thankful to God for all He had done for me. When we consider all His promises to us, how can we do less, than give Him our best? Are you a Christian? If so, have you taken this step of surrender? II Peter 1:3-4

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May 26, 2006 - Posted by | Separation Series

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