Be Separate, part 2
PLEASE NOTE: We had some technical issues with this recording. I had to use a computerized voice to read the notes to make the audio recording.
When we started looking at this text last week, I mentioned that it 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.
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.
Last time we considered the first two points about biblical separation from this message:
- .14a Separation prohibits improper partnerships. We are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
- .14b-15 Separation recognizes distinctions/contrasts. This set of five opposites shows us that believers don’t have anything in common spiritually with unbelievers.