“Come out from among them and be ye separate”
(2 Corinthians 6:17)
Today there is so much of the world in the church that it seems hard to tell them apart. You can look at anyone on the street who comes to church and usually they don’t look any different than the folks at church. It is true, God knows your heart, but men don’t. Men see the fruit that it bears. Men only see what you are on the outside. That is why it is so important that we maintain the best testimony that we can. People will form an opinion of you, your home, your church, your pastor, and your God when they look at you. James said, “Show me thy faith without thy works and I will show you my faith by my works.” This makes it important that we live what we preach. We should look like Christians, dress like Christians, and talk like Christians, because that is how people will know us to be Christians.
But we have gotten so mixed up on this point that most church people don’t look like they are right with God. The sad truth is that most church members have never been genuinely saved. Jesus said, “Straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth to everlasting life, and few there be that find it.” (Notice the word “few”)
This lack of separation is why many of the different denominations are able to yoke up with one another today. There really is no difference among most of professing Christianity. That is why they can all get together. They are not willing to stand on the truth that is set down for us in the word of God. A Baptist has nothing in common with anyone who does not believe in old-time scriptural salvation. A child of God has no right to yoke up with anyone who thinks that salvation comes through infant baptism with later confirmation. Nor to yoke up with anyone who will bow to a statue and call it the mother of God. And obviously we can not fellowship with a church, or a religion that will allow homosexuals, or women to preach. There is a time to say “NO” to fellowship. There is a line not to be crossed.
“Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together except they be agreed?”
To walk together is to be in agreement. There are those we ought to refuse. We are to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”