SEPARATION

(2Co 6:17-18) “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

We believe God commands believers to separate themselves from the world and to God in every area of their lives so that they may please God by living in such a manner as to be distinctly Christian in faith, attitude, word, and behavior

There are 3 major areas of separation commanded in the Bible

Personal: Separation from worldly habits and relationships to godly habits and relationships

Ecclesiastical: Separation from fellowship and cooperation with churches and religious organizations with un-Scriptural faith and practices to fellowship and cooperation with churches and religious organizations of like faith and practices

Civil: Separation from un-Scriptural church/government alliances to Scriptural relationships between church and government

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2Cor 5:14-16)

“They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Mt 22:21)

“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Ro 14:23)

Separation does not mean isolation or superiority

“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.”(1Co 5:9-10)

“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.”(Ro 14:1-3)

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