THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A man who had been a backslider began attending church faithfully again.
The pastor was elated and spoke to him, "It's wonderful to see you in church again with your good wife."
The man said, "Well, pastor, it's a matter of choice. I choose to hear your sermon rather than hers!"
2 Cor 6:17-18
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.
He is "the LORD ALMIGHTY!"
He is Creator and Sustainer of all there is.
Were it not for Him the sun would not shine, and the moon would not pull on the oceans to form ebb and flow of the tides.
Think of it dear Christian: were it not for God's vigilance, your heart would not beat, and you could not breathe!
He is "the LORD ALMIGHTY," yet He is willing to call you His "sons and daughters!"
All of His love, closeness, and provision are just a prayer away because you are His child through faith in Jesus Christ.
God calls you not only to be His, but to reflect His relationship in your life.
That relationship includes separatism; "..come out from among them."
Not that we are separate from others because we are too good for them because that would reflect pride.
And there is no pride at all in the person who has truly surrendered to Jesus at the foot of the cross.
There is nothing "good" in the Christian except Jesus.
And were it not for His presence in us, we would be no better than any other person.
We are different simply because we choose to be "ambassadors for Christ."
Our separation means that we choose to not participate in the sinfulness of the world.
That relationship includes cleanliness; "..touch not the unclean thing.."
Christians are not subject to the ordinances "Touch not; taste not; handle not;" (Col 2:21).
Because all things have been cleansed (Acts 10:14) by the sacrificial offering of Christ.
So then, what is this "unclean thing?"
It can be nothing more than the partaking of spiritually sinful attitude.
It is spiritual attitude that leads to physical sin.
For instance, it is the attitude of anger that leads to murder.
It is the attitude of sensual promiscuity that leads to adultery.
It is the attitude of "better than thou" that leads to malicious gossip.
Exercise separatism without pride.
Come out from worldliness and stand in cleanliness with Christ!