With all the turmoil in the world going on currently, I thought I would pick a subject for today’s Sermon that might need some clarification, that of Biblical Separation.
Biblical Separation, simply means that God has called out His chosen believers to be separate from the ways of the world. The most commonly quoted scripture on the matter is 2 Corinthians 6:14, but the bible is full of verses that lead us to understand this doctrine.
Two things that must be noted this is not a command to isolationism nor is the command for legalism. The first is easier to see and understand, as believers we are commanded to Go forth and make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:18-20). This is an impossible task cut off from the world.
Legalism is a little more complicated. In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees were the legalists of the time. They were known for their super strict adherence to Jewish Law (no issue with the 10 Commandments) and the add-on laws (note small “L”) or multitude customs of man. They questioned the morality and spirituality, yes including Jesus, of anyone who did not conform to their ways. Modern examples would be churches that forbid folks from attending movies, women from wearing pants, eating certain foods, Etc. These are touted for “our well-being” with no Biblical standing, Colossians 2:20-23.
We can live in the world without being in the world. This task is not easy it requires the practice of the doctrine of Biblical Separation. We are warned against trying to walk between both worlds (lust-filled past and redeemed present) by John in Revelation 3:14-20. Who we associate with as individuals and ecumenically as a church body matters. Do we honor and glorify God by those associations? Do we even bother asking that question?
By Dr. Lloyd-Jones
Man is unaware of both nature and origin. Why do we need the Christian Gospel? What do we need to be delivered from? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the essential content and hope of this Gospel in 1 Peter 1:14. Man’s ignorance is the fatal cause of all our trouble – ignorant both of who God is and who man himself is. Listen to the general characteristics of this life, and man’s life governed by lust. “The godless life is a life of lust” — one controlled by passions and desires. Life in this modern world is both vain and empty. Christian principles add value, especially when man is in need and suffering. Many people are selfish and self-centered, living so that nothing interferes with their pleasure. This is a profitless life. “Are we adding to the value of life as a whole?” The Christ-less life is a hopeless life, both in this one and in the next! Other religions are pessimistic and without hope; there is nothing to look forward to. There is a deep emptiness in ‘withered dreams’. Receive a new orientation and way of living. Listen to this great plea to turn to the only One who can offer eternal hope and help – the Lord God Himself.
Christians God-Like Men, A. Maclaren
Evangelical Obedience, Arthur Pink, November 1949