March 6, 2011
As Christians individually, and as part of a local New Testament Church, it is the responsibility of each of us to follow the teachings of the Word of God. Many today try to draw near to the Lord with their lips but their heart is far from Him. If we profess to be born-again then we should obey the Word by separating ourselves according to the Bible. Much spiritual power is lost in our churches because believers do not separate themselves like scripture tells us so we pay the price with no power.
SEPARATED UNTO GOD
Titus 2:14 Christ died for us that He might purify “unto” Himself a peculiar people.
I Peter 2:9 We forget that He called us out of darkness into His light to show praises “unto” Him.
Romans 1:1, 6 We are reminded that we are called to be separated “unto” the gospel of God.
I John 1:3, 6 The ultimate goal of our separation “unto” God is that we might fellowship with Him.
SEPARATED FROM SIN
II Timothy 2:19 It is clear from the scriptures that we are to “depart from iniquity”.
Philippians 3:20 If our “citizenship” is really in heaven, why do we fret so much about this place?
I Peter 2:11 We are told that we don't belong here because we are “strangers and pilgrims”.
I John 2:15-17 There must have been the same problems with the early Christians as with us.
Colossians 3:1-2 We should be getting ready to leave this world and thinking more about heaven.
Romans 8:29 It is clear that we should be turning away from sin and growing in His image.
SEPARATED FROM UNBELIEVERS
II Corinthians 6:14-17 These verses are plain and clear but are probably the most disobeyed commands form scripture.
Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 Through compromise and under the guise of cooperation in order to “reach out to more people”, the new ecumenical movements have included all kinds of denominations in their efforts to “evangelize”. The devil's business is to compromise Christ's church mixing tares with the wheat and he has done a great job.
I Corinthians 7:39 Marriage in the Bible is still until death. The one unending purpose in a Christian marriage ought to be to serve the Lord. When we become “unequally yoked” with an unbelieving partner we set ourselves up for failure and a weak spiritual life form that moment on.
I Corinthians 3:19-20; II Timothy 3:7 Here is an area that we have voluntarily surrendered to Satan. Christians have given their children over to the enemy to be taught all of the devils lies. Is it any wonder that our country is in the spiritual state of disgrace and un-Godliness?
SEPARATED FROM BELIEVERS
II Thessalonians 3:6-11 The word 'disorderly' means irregular. The 'busybodies' were the gossipers, those that meddled into others business causing disruption in the church.
I Corinthians 5:11-13 We are told to not be companions to those that are brothers or sisters that continue to live in the sins that are mentioned in these passages. We are suppose to leave them alone.
Romans 16:17 Paul tells us to avoid anyone that may cause scandal or divisions in the church. Anyone who refuses to believe and teach the doctrines of the Apostles are wrong and can cause strife.