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Separation series #1: Good and Evil

The Bible speaks of two kinds of separation. There is a godly separation and an ungodly separation.

 

The godly separation begins with God.  Through our faith in Christ,  He separates us to Himself.  This union with Christ is clearly taught in Romans 6 and Colossians 3. See my series on VICTORY for more on this union with Christ. 

 

Ephesians 2:11-12 tells us that before salvation we were aliens without God and were totally immersed in the world system which II Corinthians 4:4 teaches is under the control of Satan. The world’s philosophy and values were our life.  Our minds and our hearts were influenced and  controlled by Satan and his world system.

 

As Christians in union with Christ, we still live in this sinful world system surrounded by unsaved people. The common problem is that when people come to Christ and are saved, they tend to become so enthralled with their fellow Christians that they begin to lose contact with unbelievers and in so doing, forfeit opportunities to be a witness to them.   

 

Though we as Christians enjoy our fellowship with God’s people, we are not to disassociate ourselves from the lost.  As we go to school with them, work with them and enjoy sports and other activities with them, we have opportunities to show them Christ.  We are the only Christ they know.  We are the only Bible they will read.  As Jesus taught in Matthew 5:13-16  we are to reflect Christ and cause people to desire Him by the way we live our lives.

 

Paul encouraged the Philippians Christians and us in Philippians 2:14-16  to “Do all things without  murmurings and disputings that we may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as lights in the world; holding forth the Word of Life.”

 

The godly separation that the Bible teaches is the outcome of our union with Christ. Because we live and walk in fellowship with Christ and the unsaved live and walk in this Satan-dominated world system, we are not to pretend that no difference exists. We are commanded to not  yoke together with unbelievers in  attempting to do God’s work. That’s the godly separation.  At the same time,  obedient Christians are not to separate themselves from fellowship with other Christians over petty differences. That’s ungodly separation.

 

In this series, you will read of Liberals and Fundamentalists, so let’s start this series with definitions of these two terms.

 

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May 30, 2006 - Posted by | Separation Series

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