Be Separate, part 1
We now come to what is, at least in churches like ours, one of the most familiar passages in 2 Corinthians. This is a passage that we refer to often. Right now, in SS, we are studying the biblical doctrine of separation, and this passage is an important basis of that doctrine.
Further, this text is really profound in what it says and what it implies. The application of this passage—or lack of application—will have momentous results in your life personally and in the life of the church.
One of the things that distinguishes churches like ours from many other kinds of churches is the application of this passage. For our church and churches like ours, separation from unbelief and error is a significant commitment. Sadly, for many other churches, separation is a non-issue; many churches simply do not apply these verses in any meaningful way.
It’s a shame that some people and some churches do not practice or apply the principles of separation taught in this passage. This text clearly teaches it, in fact, it commands separation.
We need to heed this warning about the dangers of improper alliances. This text is not merely a warning about such mismatched partnerships; it prohibits them. There are some people and things that we must separate from, have nothing to do with, and come out from. We must avoid linking up with evil and error as much as we can.
So let’s consider this morning what this text tells us about separation.