Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing,
and I will welcome you. 2 Cor 6:17 (CSB)
This is another bible verse I have often heard taken out of context. I Paul, under the hand (inspiration) of the Holy Spirit really telling all believers to have nothing to do with the world? Absolutely NOT! You can not justify that position and the Great Commision at the same time. “Jesus came near to them and said… Go therefore and make…(Matt 28:18-20)” Yet some would have us believe that to do anything resembling worldly affairs, like dance, movies, or even playing card games,whatever means you are not clean, a heathen, condemned.
I like how John Calvin puts it on commenting on this verse: Now all our members are vessels, set apart for the spiritual worship of God; we are also a royal priesthood. (1 Peter 2:9.) Hence, as we are redeemed by the grace of God, it is befitting that we keep ourselves undefiled in respect of all uncleanness, that we may not pollute the sanctuary of God. As, however, while remaining in this world, we are nevertheless redeemed, and rescued, from the pollutions of the world, so we are not to quit life with the view of departing from all uncleanness, but must simply avoid all participation. The sum is this. “If with a true affection of the heart, we aim at the benefit of redemption, we must beware of defiling ourselves by any contamination from its pollutions.”
Once again one should never take a verse out of context, we need the “whole counsel” of God to clearly understand His word. Paul has just finished speaking (2 Cor 6:14-16) about being yoked or bound (by agreement, contract, etc.) to a non-believer someone who does not share your faith.
Although most often associated with marriage in context to the church Paul is writing to it seems they have an idol problem. Sound familiar with some in the church today? If a church is not centered on The Bible, teaches anything but Salvation through Faith alone by Grace alone, in Christ alone, to God’s glory in all things it may have an issue with idolizing something else.
The bottom line is certainly the Lord wants all Christians to “come out from among them and be separate,” but that seperate ourselves from sinful ways. We are all fallen creatures from birth, we will all sin, the point is to Glorify God at every opportunity and not Satan in our actions. We can do this and still reside in the world today.