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Can Someone Be Consistent in the Matter of Separation?

June 8, 2007

Over ten years ago I was talking to Dr. David Jaspers, former president of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, and he said this to me, “Kent, we just can’t be consistent in the matter of separation.”  Do you think that’s true?  Can we not be consistent with Scripture in the matter of separation?

I believe that we can be consistent for several reasons.  First, we have one Bible, which is once and for all delivered to the saints.  Second, Scripture is perspicuous.  God speaks plainly.  We can understand His Word.  He made it comprehensible so we could live it.  Third, God is One Spirit.  The Holy Spirit courses His way through every believer.   The church is His temple.  Fourth, God didn’t say we couldn’t be consistent.  He did tell us that we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.  Whatever God commands, He enables, and all of the Old Testament and every book of the New Testament teaches separation, so the teaching is explicit.

So why aren’t people consistent?  First, pride.  Men want their own way and desire popularity.  Men love themselves more than God.  Second, fear.  Men seek for protection in numbers.   Third, tradition.  Men follow the traditions of men rather than the teachings of God.  Para-church organizations and wrong belief about the church have resulted in a fake unity held together by human reasoning.  Some call it fellowship.  Perversions abound because men ignore separation.

Men can be consistent in the matter of separation.  They just won’t.  I hope you will.

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  1. June 8, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Amen, Brother Kent.

    I would like to expound on your last point:

    “Christian” books and “Christian” radio have done at least as much harm in this subject as good. “Teachers with itching ears” can be found in writing and broadcast.

    Personally, I really, really, really dislike 99% of so-called Christian radio, TV, and print.

    The Word of God is the standard, and the church is the pillar and ground of the truth, not some “ministry” in cyber-space or over the airwaves.

  2. June 8, 2007 at 7:56 am

    I agree, Brother Art. I think “Christian publishing houses” not under the authority of a church guide what gets printed. They print what will sell. This is often not the best material for people and sometimes just dead wrong because of what is written.

  3. Bobby Mitchell
    June 8, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve been preaching through 2 Corinthians on Sunday mornings for the last few months. We have been in 6:14-7:1 for three weeks. There we see the logic of separation, the commands to separate, the practical application of the teaching, and the promises given to separatists.

    The call to salvation itself is a call to separation. One aspect of NT baptism is that of separation. God’s people have always been separatists.

    NT churches can be consistent concerning separation and we must be.

  4. June 8, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Since we’re talking about stuff in pots. What’s the consistency of consistency? Is it okay to read someone’s books even though you wouldn’t attend his church? Or, is that not what this is about?

  5. June 8, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Consistent—reliable, uniform, steady. Can we always practice Scripturally the doctrine of separation? Yes. We do it by obeying God’s Word. What does the Bible say either explicitly or implicitly about separation and reading material?

  6. June 9, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    What does the Bible say either explicitly or implicitly about separation and reading material?

    Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

    One thing I love about the passage in 2 Corinthians 6 is the sevenfold-promise for those who separate in obedience to the Lord:

    2 Corinthians 6:16-18 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,

    1) I will dwell in them, and

    2) walk in them; and

    3) I will be their God, and

    4) they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and

    5) I will receive you,

    6) And will be a Father unto you, and

    7) ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    Pretty neat.

  7. June 10, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Sounds good Jerry.

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