Be Ye Separate

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  1. dianetavegia

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    2 Corinthians 6:17 - Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

    14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
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    To what extent would you take this verse in keeping your family apart from unbelievers?
     
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    Unequally yoked =

    dateing/courtship

    Marriage

    Business partners

    more later
     
  3. dianetavegia

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    What about your kids, Blackbird? Would you allow your daughter to attend a slumber party at the home of an unsaved family? Would you allow your son to go on a fishing trip with a boy and his Dad if you knew the family was a non Christian denomination or would you invite yourself along?

    Where do we draw the line?
     
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    How can one be the salt of the earth without going out into the world? If the salt stays on the shelf, it does no good.
     
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    Would you send your little children out into these situations to be salt?

    Salt:
    James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

    Mark 9:42 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- 44 where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- 46 where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire-- 48 where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.' 49 "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
     
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    I agree with Blackbird.

    Further, I think that as Christians, we need to be careful to not let non-Christians influence us. We have to be strong because we cannot isolate ourselves from the world.

    We must live true to the teachings of our Lord and Savior and be a shining example to the world.

    It has been a long time since I made decisions about my children's activities. I really tried to have their friends at my house. I kept them as close to my supervision as possible. I had to know the parents if they went to their houses.

    I would usually ask what church they went to and make my decisions accordingly, but for the most part I would get to know the children.

    We cannot control all the people that we work with, but we can control our own decisions.

    I don't think that every work place, school, church,or organization has only Christian people. I believe one is going to find non-Christians in all these areas.
     
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    Just curious:

    To what extent are we to be in full compliance with the teachings of 2 Thess. 3:6 ("WITHDRAW FROM" disorderly brethren) or 2 Thess. 3:14-15 ("HAVE NO COMPANY" with disobedient brethren) or Rom. 16:17 ("AVOID" those who are divisive) when that individual happens to be your spouse?
     
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    I think you are talking about hiding your light under a bushel and I agree, but you can be among them without becoming like them. If you think they are going to snuff out your candle, than maybe you need to become separate from them.
     
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    "Would you allow your son to go on a fishing trip with a boy and his Dad if you knew the family was a non Christian denomination or would you invite yourself along?"

    Maybe it is just me, but I would think the wife of the dad might have something to disagree with there :)
     
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    We draw the line at the point of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. He tells us to be as wise as serpents---but as gentle as doves.

    No--our girl does not do slumber sleepovers--with saved or unsaved friends---and our boy can go fishing with his lost friend & dad as long as I can go along with them! We don't do "Lock-ins" at the church---and my boy can go on a Boy Scout campover--only if I am present!

    Granted--as they age---we will allow them more freedoms---but they will get the idea that daddy is in ultimate control of any situation at all times!

    Am I being stubborn---It may appear so from the outside looking in----but I am on the inside looking out---see?? My uncle use to tell stories of being in WW2's European Theatre---and he taught us-----always fix it to where you are in control at all times----don't give the enemy a target----when you are inside at night----turn the inside lights off----you can then see outside but the enemy cannot see inside----if the lights are left on---the enemy on the outside can see inside where you are---but you can't see where he is----be aware---stay alert!! Stay awake!!! Keep your eyes open!!!

    I draw the line where the enemy cannot find a target!!!!!! Outsmart him--because if you give him half a halalujah chance----he will out flank you and have you for supper!!!

    Plan A will always work---but have a Plan B, too!!
     
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    Well put Blackbird! We don't allow Nick to play inside other people's houses unless I know the parents well. There's a lovely family on the corner and Nick spends most of his time out in the front yards with their children. You can hear them laughing even now. Street hockey or some such game.... Another family has kids who rotate between 3 houses. When they're 'here', they play at MY house so I can keep an eye on them. (Lady Godiva ;) )

    The company Jim works for is a Christian company and he's not exposed to dirty jokes, etc. All my friends are Christians and most attend our church. I say most because the lady on the corner brings her kids to our weeknight programs but they attend a black church in another town on Sunday.
     
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    A new family is moving in this long weekend and the mother sent a nice note saying how wonderful and polite Nick is and how he's welcome anytime at their home. She also asked me down to meet her in person and passed on their phone number. Nick had refused to go into their home without my meeting them. [​IMG]

    Maybe I can run down tomorrow night after all the children have gone home.
     
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    We have 3 girls ages 10,8, and 3. We live in a small city on a city block. Our kids are homeschooled. They play in the front yards of our neigbors. Never inside their houses. They don't ride their bikes or play where we can't see them.
    We are very protective of our children. Today its not just adults you have to worry about when it comes to molesting your children. You have to think of other kids as well. Kids come from all kinds of backgrounds these days. Children molesting children is a growing problem.
    I grew up in a christian home but rebelled in every form you can imagine. Drugs,fornication,drinking, rock n roll. The less my kids can come in contact with that stuff the better off they will be. When they are grown I want to look back and say: I gave them every opportunity I could to find Christ as well as lead a clean,moral life.
     
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    You know, I had to really think about how I actually handle this. Then I really had to think hard as to whether any of my three's friends come from non-Christian homes. I did finally pick out two that mine play with or associate with whose parents may be unsaved. In both cases, I don't know the parents well and could be wrong. Either way, these two have always played at our house or at school.

    Everyone else who spends time with my kids come from Christian homes and I always meet the parents(if I don't already know them, saved or unsaved) before the visiting begins. Precious who is almost 13 gets a little embarrassed by this, but too bad. My kids aren't going anywhere with someone I don't know.

    As for going, mine aren't going more than an hours drive away even with people I do know!

    Now if there were to be a birthday party or something of the sort at an unsaved friends home, then I would allow my children to be salt and light. They are also salt and light at school, gymnastics and other mixed activities.

    We've been very, very lucky that we haven't had to really face this decision.
     
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    Here is how some believers have handled it :) This was scanned and recognized so all errors are yours free of charge.


    ON THE BAN: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

    By Menno Simons
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    QUESTION 1. Is separation a command or is it a counsel of God? Answer. Let everyone weigh the words of Christ and of Paul (I Cor. 5:ll)...and he will discover whether it is a divine commandment or whether it is a counsel. Every thing which Paul says in regard to separation he generally speaks in the imperative mode, that is, in a commanding manner. Expurgate, that is, purge, I Cor. 5:7. Profigate, that is drive out. Sejungere, that is, withdraw from, I Tim. 6:5. Fuge, that is, flee, Titus 3:9. Again (II Thess. 3:6) We command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I think, brethren, these Scriptures show that it is a command; and even if it were not a command but an advice of God, should we not diligently follow such advice? If my spirit despise the counsel of the Holy Spirit, then T truly acknowledge that my spirit is not of God. And to what end many have come who did not follow God’s Spirit, but their own, may be read in many passages of sacred history and nay he seen in many instances, at the present time.

    QUESTION 2. If any person should not observe this ban and yet be pious otherwise, should such a one be banned on that account? Answer. Whoever is pious will show his piety in obedience, and not knowingly or willfully despise God. For if anyone willfully keeps commercium with such whose company is for- bidden in Scripture, then we must come to the conclusion that he despises the Word of God, yea, is in open rebellion and refractoriness (I speak of those who well know and acknowledge and yet do not do). For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubborness is as iniquity and idolatry (I Sam. 15:23).

    Since the Scripture admonishes and commands that we shall not associate with such, nor eat with them, nor greet them, nor receive them into our homes, etc.; and then if somebody should say, I will associate with them, I will eat with them, I will greet them in the Lord, and receive them into my house?--- and admonition of the Lord, but that he despised it, rejected the Holy Spirit, and that he trusted, honored, and followed his own opinion rather than the Word of God. Now judge for yourself what kind of sin it is not to be willing to hear and obey God’s Word Paul says (II Thess. 3:6, l4): Now we command you brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye orderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us; that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Inasmuch as the ban was so strictly commanded by the Lord, and practices by the apostles (Matt. 18:17), therefore we must also use it and obey it, since we are thus taught and enlightened by God, or else we should be shunned and avoided by the congregation of God. This must be acknowledged and confessed.

    QUESTION 3. Should husband and wife shun each other on account of the ban---as also parents and children? Answer. First that the rule of the ban is a general rule, and excepts none: neither husband nor wife, neither parent nor child. For God’s word judges all flesh with the same judgment and knows no respect of persons. Inasmuch as the rule of the ban is general, excepts none, and is no respecter or persons---therefore it is reasonable and necessary to hear and obey the Word of the Lord in this respect; no matter whether it be husband or wife, parents or children,

    Secondly, we say that separation must be made in the congregation; and
    therefore the husband must consent and vote with the church in the separation of his wife; and the wife in the separation of her husband. If the pious consort must give his consent, then it is also becoming that he also shun her, with the church; for what use is there in the ban when the shunning and avoiding are not connected with it?

    Thirdly, we say that the ban was instituted to make ashamed unto reformation. Do not understand this shame as the world is ashamed; but understand as in the conscience, and therefore let it be done with all discretion, reasonableness, and love. If then my husband or wife, parent or child is judged in the church, in the name of and by the power of Christ, to be banned, it becomes us (inasmuch as the evangelical ban is unto reformation), according to the counsel of the Holy Spirit, to seek the reformation of my own body, namely, of my spouse, and also of our nearest kinsfold as parent or child; for spiritual love must be preferred to anything else. Aside from this I would care for them and provide the temporal necessaries of life, so far as it would be in my power.

    Fourthly, we say that the ban was given that we should not be sullied by the leaven of false doctrine or unclean-living flesh, by apostates. And as it is plain that none can corrupt and leaven us more than our own spouses, parents, etc., therefore the Holy Spirit counsels us to shun them, lest they leaven our faith and thus make us ashamed before God. If we love husband or with, parent or child more than Christ Jesus, we cannot possibly be the disciples of Christ.

    Some object to this, saying that there is no divorce but by reason of adultery. This is just what we say; and therefore we do not speak of divorce, but of shunning, and that for the aforementioned reasons. To shunning, Paul (I Cor. 7:10) has decidedly consented, although this is not always coupled with adultery; but not to divorce. For divorce is not allowed by the Scripture except by reason of adultery (Matt. 5:32; Luke 16:18); therefore we shall never consent to if for other reasons.

    Therefore we understand it that the husband should shun his wife, the wife her husband, parents their children and the children their parents when they apostatize. For the rule of the ban is general. They (the godly) must consent, with the church, to the sentence; they must aim at Scriptural shame unto reformation and dilgently watch, lest they (themselves) he leavened by them, as said above.

    My beloved in the Lord, I would here sincerely pray you that you would make a difference between commandment and commandment and not consider all commandments as equally weighty. For adultery, idolatry, shedding blood, and the like shameful and abominable works of the flesh will be punished more severely than a misunderstanding in regard to the ban and particularly when not committed willfully and preversely. Therefore beware that in this matter of matrimony you press no one farther than he is taught of God in his heart and that he in his conscience can bear, lest you boil the kid while it is still sucking its mothers milk (cf. Deut. 14:21). On every hand the Scriptures teach that we should hear with the peak. Brethren, it is a delicate matter. I know too well what has been the result of pressing this matter too far by some in my time. Therefore I advise you to point all to the sure and certain ground. And those consciences that are, through the Scripture and the Holy Spirit, free and unencumbered will freely, without the interference of anyone, by the unction of the Holy Spirit and not by human encouragement, do that which he advises, teaches, and commands in the Holy Scripture, if it should be that one’s spouse should be banned. For verily I know that whoever obeys the Holy Spirit, with faithful heart will never be made ashamed.

    QUESTION 4. Should we greet one that is banned, with the common everyday greeting, or return our respects at his greeting? Per John says (II John 10 f.) ii there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. Answer. Mildness, politeness, respectfulness and friendliness to all mankind becomes all Christians. If, then, an apostate should greet me with the common greeting of Good Morning or Good Day and I should be silent; if he should be respectful to me and I should turn my face front him, and bear myself austerely and unfriendly toward him, I might well be ashamed of myself, as Sirach says. Per how can such a one be convinced, led to repentance, and be moved to do better W such austerity? The ban is not given to destroy but to build -up.

    If it should be said that John has forbidden such greeting, I for myself would answer that, before my God, I cannot understand he says, if some deceiver should come to us who has left the doctrine of Christ, that we should not receive such a one into our houses, lest he mislead us; and that we should not greet him as a brother lest we have communion with him. But not so with the worldly greeting. For if the worldly greeting have such power in itself that it causes the communion of the vain works of those whom I greet, then it must follow that I would have communion with the fornication, adultery, drunkenness, avarice, idolatry and bloodshed of the world, whenever I should greet a worldly man with the common greeting or return him compliment. Oh no! But the greeting or kiss of peace does signify communion. Yet if one should hove conscientious scruples in this matter, with such a one I do not dispute about it. For it is not worth contending about. But I would much rather see all scruples in regard to this matter removed and have Christian discretion, love, politeness, and respectfulness practiced for (our) improvement rather than stubbornness, unfriendliness, malice, and unmercifulness unto disruption. Brethren, beware of discord and controversy. The Lord grant every God-fearing person a wholesome understanding of his holy Word. Amen.

    QUESTION 5. Are we allowed to show the banned any charity, love, and mercy? Answer. Everyone should consider, (1) the exact meaning of the word commercium: (2) for what reason and purpose the ban was ordained by the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures; (3) how a real true Christian is reborn, bred, and endowed; (4) how the merciful Father himself acts with those who are already worthy of his judgment and wrath.

    All those who can rightly see into these will doubtlessly not deny necessary services, love, and mercy to the banned. For the word commercium does not forbid these, but it forbids daily company, conversation, society and business, as was explained above. The ban is also a work of divine love and not of perverse, unmerciful, heathenish cruelty. A true Christian will serve, aid, and commiserate with everybody; yea, even with his most bitter enemies. Austerity, cruelty, and unmercifulness he hates with all his heart. He has a nature like his Father of whom he is born; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. If I, then, be of a different nature than he, I show that I am not his child.

    Therefore I say with our faithful brother Kietrich Philips that we should not practice the ban to the destruction of mankind(as the Pharisees did their Sabbath) but to its improvement; and thus we desire to serve the bodies of? the fallen, in love, reasonableness, and humility, with our temporal goods of the holy Word. And we should rather with the Samaritan, show mercy to the wounded than to pass by him with the priest and Levite, James says (ch. 2:13): For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy, and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. Be ye therefore merciful as your Father also is merciful. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. In short, if we understand the true meaning and nature of the word commercium, we understand for what reason and purpose the ban was instituted, how a true Christian is and should he minded; and if we conform ourselves to the example of Christ and of God, then the matter is all helped along. And if we have not this grace, we will shamefully err in this ban and be cruel, unmerciful Christians; from which error and abomination maw the gracious Father eternally save all his beloved children.

    My brethren, I tell the truth and lie not when I say that hate with all my heart such unmercifulness and cruel-mindedness. Nor do I wish to be considered a brother of such unmerciful, cruel brethren, if there should be such, unless they desist from such abomination and discreetly follow, in love and mercy, the example of God and Christ. For my heart cannot consent to such unmerciful action which exceeds the cruelty of the heathen and Turks; and by the grace of God I will fight against it with my Lord’s word unto death. For it is against the doctrine of the New Testament, and contrary to the Spirit, mind, and nature of God and Christ, according to which all the Scriptures of the New Testament should be judged and understood. All those who do not understand it thus are already in great error.

    But in case my necessary service, charity, love, and mercy should become a commerciuin, or that my soul should thereby be led into corruption, then we confess (the Lord must be praised) that our daily intercourse is forbidden in the Scripture, and that it is better to leave off our charity, love, and mercy than to ensnare our souls thereby and lead them into error. The unction of the Holy Spirit will teach us what we should best do in these matters.

    QUESTION 6. Are we allowed to sell to, and buy of, the apostates in as much as Paul says (I Cor. 5.11) that we should not have intercourse with them? And yet the disciples bought victuals in Sychar, and the Jews dealt with the Gentiles (John 4:5). Answer. That the apostles bought victuals in Sychar proves nothing at all; for many of the Samaritans were a remnant of the ten tribes, as we have sufficiently shown above, from the Holy Scripture. Put we do not deny that the Jews dealt with the Gentiles, yet they shunned their commercium, that is, their daily association, company, and conversation, and did not, eat or drink with them, as the writings of the Evangelist sufficiently and plainly show in many Scriptural passages.

    And inasmuch as Christ points us to the Jewish ban or shunning, namely, that as they shunned the Gentiles and sinners, so we should likewise shun an apostate Christian; and as the Jews had dealings with them, although they shunned their daily intercourse in company, association, and conversation; therefore we say that we cannot maintain, either by the Jewish example to which Christ points or by an explicit Scripture, that we should not in any manner deal with the apostate, if no such daily intercourse arises therefrom. For such intercourse with the apostate is strictly prohibited by Scripture and since it is prohibited, it is manifest that a pious, God-fearing Christian should have no apostate as a regular buyer or seller. For as I have daily to get my cloth, bread, corn, salt, etc., and exchange for it my grain, butter, etc., it cannot fail for that intercourse will arise therefrom. But with a trading which is conducted without such intercourse this is not the case.

    And because such business which is carried on without intercourse cannot be shown to be disallowed by virtue of the Scripture, as was said, therefore we would pray all God-fearing to act in this matter, as in all others, as reasonable, good, discreet, wise, and prudent Christians and not as vain, reckless, self-conceited, proud, obdurate, and offensive boasters; for a true Christian should always strive after that which is the best and the surest, and follow the pure, unfeigned love, lest he abuse the freedom which he seems to have, to the injury and hindrance of his own soul, to the affliction and destruction of his beloved brethren, to the scornful boasting of the perverse, and to the shameful defamation of the holy Word and the afflicted church of Christ. Besides, I pray and desire in like manner that none will thus in the least be offended at his brother and mistake and judge him by an unscriptural judgment; as he has in this case no reproving example among the Jews nor forbidding word (in the Scriptures).

    0 my sincerely beloved brethren, let us sincerely pray for understanding and wisdom that all misunderstanding, error, jealously, offense, division, and untimely reports may be utterly exterminated, root and branch; that a whole- some understanding, doctrine, friendship, love, edification, and a sound judgment may get underway and prevail. Let everyone look with pure eyes and impartial hearts to the example to which Christ points, and to the wholesome, natural meaning of the holy apostles, and let true, Christian love take precedence; and everyone will know, by the grace of God, how he should act and proceed concerning this matter.

    QUESTION 7. Are we allowed to be seated with an apostate in a ship or wagon, or to eat with him at the table of a tavern? Answer. The first part of this question . . . we deem childish and useless, since this so often happens without intercourse and must needs happen. As to the second part, namely (whether) to eat at the table with an apostate, while traveling, we can point the questioner to no surer ground and answer that this, namely, we advise, pray, and admonish every pious Christian, as he loves Christ and his Word, to fear God sincerely, and follow the most certain way, that is, not to eat by or with him; for thereby none can be deceived; and if perchance some God-fearing brother might do so, then let everyone beware, lest he sin against his brother by an unscriptural judgment; for none may judge unless he have the judging word on his side.

    Whosoever fears God, whosoever desires to follow after his holy Word, with all his strength loves his brother, seeks to avoid all offense and desires to walk in the house of God in all peace and unity, will act justly in all things and will not offend or afflict his brethren.

    QUESTION 8. Who, according to Scriptures, should be banned or excommunicated? Answer. Christ says (Matt. L8:15-17): If thy brother trespass against thee, etc., and will not hear thee or the witnesses, nor the church let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. And Paul (I Cor. 5:11): If any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extoritioner; with such a one do not eat. To this class also belong perjurers, thieves, violent persons, haters, fighters and all those who walk in open, well-known, damnable works of the flesh, of which Paul enumerates a great many (Rom. 1:20; Gal. 5:19; I Cor. 6:9; Eph. 5:5). Again, disorderly persons, working not al all, but who are busybodies; such as do not abide in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles and do not walk therein, but are disobedient (II Thess. 3:11, 14). Again, masters of sects. Again, those who give offense, cause dispute and discord concerning the doctrine of Christ and of his apostles. In short, all those who openly lead a shameful, carnal life, and those who are corrupted by a heretical, unclean doctrine (Titus 3:10), and who will not be overcome by the wine and oil of the Holy Spirit, but remain, after they have been admonished and sought to be regained in all love and reasonableness, obdurate in their corrupted walk and opinion. They should, at lest, in the name of our Lard Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, by the binding Word of God, be reluctantly but unanimously separated from the church of Christ and thereupon, according to the Scriptures, be shunned in all divine obedience, until they repent.
     
  16. Jeffrey H

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    I take these as warnings to be on guard because we can be easily influenced by those around us. Be in the world but not of the world. Basically, don't marry a non-believer and stay away from those who cause you to easily stumble.

    I do need to make a living (as God requires) and I can't do it in an exclusively Christian sub-culture. I will also say that not all businesses that claim to be "Christian" or have a "Fish" on thier logo operate with honesty and integrity. If a non-believer makes a superior product for less money and is honest in his dealings, then he has my business.

    Baptists have splintered into many denominations because we cannot agree on the extent of "seperation".
     
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    Well it might be worthwhile to read what the Apostle Paul writes:

    1 Corinthians 5:9-13,NKJV

    9. I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
    10. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
    11. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person.
    12. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
    13. But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.


    1 Corinthians 5:9-13,NASB

    9. I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;
    10. I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world.
    11. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.
    12. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?
    13. But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.


    Perhaps we should follow Paul's advice and clean up our own houses [churches] first.

    Further reading: http://bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=20883
     

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