Tuesday, January 03, 2012

SEPARATION AS AN ACT OF LOVE


A seriously present theme in Scripture is that of "separation." It begins in the creation account involving the separation of light and dark (as well as other elements), continuing by separating Abram from his culture and will culminate by separating "sheep" from "goats." This is quite different from the misguided, pluralistic efforts being propagated by an imbalanced, undiscerning, relativistic concept of "love" that wants a cultural and religious homogenization in the name of tolerance that will prove intolerable and, ultimately, destructive.

"Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, 'I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,' says the Lord. 'And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,' says the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18, NASB)

"And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, 'Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.'" (Ephesians 5:11-14, NASB)

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