Christianity Demands Separation From Evil
II Corinthians 6:14-17 says, “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 (Satan)? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you.” No matter how you spin those verses, it would take a lot to deny the fact that Paul is calling for a radical ethical separation of the church from its pagan environment. To do that you must identify evil for what it is; evil. Whether it was the Nazarenes, the Baptists, the Pentecostals, or whatever kind of evangelical you called yourself, we used to know what evil was when we saw it, but many have lost sight of it today because the Bible is no longer looked at as the authority on this matter. II Corinthians 7:1 goes on to call us to, “Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” So, how do you do that and still leave room for the devil, idols, or any kind of unrighteousness, like Paul speaks about? He says you can’t. I agree with Paul. So, if we are going to take being a Christian seriously, our separation with evil must be thorough. Unfortunately some churches will tell you this isn’t necessary today, but I find it’s still in my Bible. It would appear that those who would destroy the Bible are winning the outward battle in our country, while many of our pulpits are silent about what is going on. It is soon going to be against the law to do what Paul told the Corinthians to do here. A few days ago, a judge in California ruled that the online platform for Christians seeking relationships, Christianmingle, must now accommodate gay users. Two homosexuals from California brought a lawsuit against Christianmingle’s parent company, Spark Network, alleging that the sites failure to accommodate gay users violated the Civil Rights Act and the state’s anti-discrimination law. Christianmingle, rightly so, only includes “man seeking woman” and “woman seeking man” options for its users. It does not include options for users seeking members of the same sex. Why should it? It’s a Christian site! So, the government is trying to force Christianmingle into saying that you can be a Christian and be gay, if they want to stay in business, or keep their name. This is outrageous! This site is for Christians. It’s called Christianmingle, not Paganmingle! Since Christianmingle, according to the judge, can’t define what a Christian is in his eyes, the government is going to define it for them! The next step will be the government forcing your church to accept gays if they want to keep the doors open. And don’t think they won’t try if they get away with it with Christianmingle! If our definition of what a Christian is differs from yours, you don’t have to join my church. But don’t tell me what my definition has to include! My Bible, which is still what we base the rules on around my church, says in Leviticus 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination.” And Mr. Liberal preacher, it’s still in yours too, unless you ripped that page out! I was a teenager in the ‘60’s, during the sexual revolution. I have observed how things played out since then. Whatever one generation is asked to tolerate, the next generation will get used to it and eventually accept it, and then the next generation will actively participate in it. In the ‘60’s we were asked to tolerate homosexuality. We foolishly did. Then the next generation got used to it. Now we’ve gone so far that some even in the church are saying you can be gay and still be a Christian. But it all started from tolerating something that was actually against the law in the ‘60’s, until so-called gay marriage is now with us, hopefully not to stay! We are forced to live in this sinful world, but we’re called to live separate from it as Christians. Jesus said in John 15:19: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” We are not supposed to be “of the world”, but many in God’s church in America seem to have forgotten that simple truth. And it’s a sad state of affairs whenever you can’t tell the church from the world. In case you don’t know how we’re supposed to be able to tell, one of the ways is believers in Jesus are the ones that are supposed to separate ourselves from evil!