be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:17-18
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works.
SEPARATION FROM EVIL
Separation from evil is fundamental to God's relationship with His children. According to the Bible, separation involves two dimensions--one negative and the other positive:
(a) Separating ourselves morally and spiritually from sin and from everything contrary to Jesus Christ,
righteousness and God's Holy Word.
(b) Drawing near to God in a close and intimate fellowship
through prayer, worship, the Word, and loving service.
Separation in this twofold sense results in a relationship
where God is our heavenly Father who lives within us and
is our God, and we, in turn, are His sons and daughters.
(See: 2 CORINTHIANS 6:16-18)
CALLED TO BE DIFFERENT A PECULIAR PEOPLE
(1.) We are told in the Old and New Testaments that God's people are called to be holy, different, and separated from all other people to belong to God as His very own.
See: EXODUS 23:24, Where God commanded His people not to adopt the religions or to conform to the morals of the societies around them.
(2.) In the New Testament, God calls believers to be separate.
(a) From the corrupt world system and from an unholy compromise (See: JOHN 17:15-16, 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5).
(b) From those in the church who sin and refuse to repent
(See: MATTHEW 18:15-17, 1 CORINTHIANS 5:9-11).
(c) From false teachers, churches, or cults who teach error and deny Biblical truths (See: MATTHEW 7:15, ROMANS 16:17).
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
(3.) Our attitude in separation must be one of;
(a) Hatred towards sin, unrighteousness, and the corrupt world system; (See ROMANS 12:9; HEBREWS 1; 1 JOHN 2:15).
(b) Opposition to false doctrine; (See GALATIANS 1:9).
(c) Genuine Love for those from whom we must separate;
(See: JOHN 3:16, 1 CORINTHIANS 5:5, GALATIANS 1:9).
SONG: NO COMPROMISE
SUNG BY: Keith Green