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.” You can try to spin that all you want, but Paul is calling here for a radical ethical separation of the church from its pagan environment. To separate from evil demands that you identify evil for what it is, evil. But we have a hard time understanding word meanings today. For instance, what part of “illegal” aliens don’t we get? If something is illegal it’s illegal, just like if something is evil that means it’s wicked, or bad. Whether it was the Nazarenes, the Brethren, the Baptists, the Pentecostals, or whatever kind of evangelical you called yourself, we all used to know what evil was when we saw it, but many have lost sight of it today. Real Christianity demands separation from evil—every kind and form of it! Our break with evil is to be decisive—“come out from among them…be ye separate...and touch not the unclean thing.” God’s promise is that if we do that, “I will receive you.” Nothing has changed since Paul wrote those words almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus still demands that His followers separate themselves from evil, even if you can find a church that tells you it doesn’t really require that, and unfortunately churches like that aren’t too hard to find today! We must separate from evil, but we still must live in this evil world. Vance Havner, the great Southern Baptist evangelist, said this: “We are not to be isolated, but insolated, moving in the midst of evil but untouched by it.” I can keep my lemonade cold on a 90 degree day if my cooler is well insulated, just like I can stay clean in this dirty world if I stay close to the Lord. At the present rate of decline, I fear it won’t be long before real Christianity is openly declared the enemy of the state and real believers are stripped of our right to do what Paul tells us to do. A few weeks ago, a judge in California ruled that the online platform for Christians seeking relationships, Christianmingle, must now accommodate gay users. Two homosexuals brought a lawsuit against them and they were found to violate the Civil Rights Act and the state’s anti-discrimination law. Rightfully so, Christianmingle only includes “man seeking woman” and “woman seeking man” options for its users. It doesn’t 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 keep their name. I hope they won’t do it! This is outrageous! The site is for Christians. It’s called Christianmingle, not Paganmingle! So, since they can’t define what a Christian is, the government is going to define it for them! The next step will be to require your church to accept gays into your membership if you want to keep the doors open. And don’t think they won’t try if they can get away with doing it to Christianmingle! If my 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 of my church upon, 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 one will get used to it and eventually accept it, and then the next one will participate in it. Look how right that was concerning homosexuality. In the ‘60’s we were asked to tolerate it. We foolishly did. Then society got used to it. Now we’ve come so far that even some in the church say you can be gay and be a Christian. Nobody in church said that back in the ‘60’s! But it all started from tolerating something that was actually against the law in the ‘60’s. That’s why God says of any kind of sin, “Come out from it and be separate, and don’t touch it”. For if you start tolerating it, you’ll get used to it, you’ll stop calling it evil, and worst case scenario—you’ll start approving of it and even participate in it yourself. We did that with sex outside of marriage, adultery, living together, and a whole list of other sins, also. We started tolerating it, we got used to it and to our shame many are not near as bothered by it as we used to be! Jesus said in John 17:16 we are not to be “of this world”, but sadly, much of His church seems to have forgotten that simple truth. It’s a sad state of affairs whenever you can’t tell the church from the world based upon whether or not it separates itself from sin, or accepts it!