Can Someone Be Consistent in the Matter of Separation?
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 theÂ matter of separation.”Â Do you think that’s true?Â Can we not be consistent with Scripture in the matter of separation?
I believe that we can be consistent for several reasons.Â First, we have one Bible, which is once and for all delivered to the saints.Â Second, Scripture is perspicuous.Â God speaks plainly.Â We can understand His Word.Â He made it comprehensible so we could live it.Â Third, God is One Spirit.Â The Holy Spirit courses His way through every believer.Â Â The church is His temple.Â Fourth, God didn’t say we couldn’t be consistent.Â He did tell us that we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.Â 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?Â First, pride.Â Men want their own way and desire popularity.Â Men love themselves more than God.Â Second, fear.Â Men seek for protection in numbers.Â Â Third, tradition.Â Men follow the traditions of men rather than the teachings of God.Â Para-church organizations and wrong belief about the church have resulted in a fake unity held together by human reasoning.Â Some call it fellowship.Â Perversions abound because men ignore separation.
Men can be consistent in the matter of separation.Â They just won’t.Â I hope you will.