Abstaining From The World

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Ephesians 5:6-12 (KJV)

Yesterday we talked a little about repentance in Revival, and how its first got to come from an emotional place, where you conclude you’ve gotten too far from God, and too far into the world. And we talked about a sermon I’d heard where the pastor basically told the people Revival is about getting back to God.

It’s true- the mere outward doing of things will not change things.

But the adhering to things that are not good will pollute your walk, and having you backsliding in a heartbeat. Let’s not have a vain revival where you go right back to the same sorry condition you’re in right now!

so, what do we do? Everyone knows the answer. But i’ll go ahead and discuss it, because we’re talking a lifestyle change. Here’s some logic that you can’t argue with – If you continue to do the same actions, you should expect the same results. Revivals are lifestyle changes, not a temporary emotional high.

So, let’s see what the Bible has to say about it. This is a bottom line thing, I don’t care if you’re convinced or not. You say you want Revival, and I’m telling you, here’s how to get it.

“be ye not partakers of them.” the Bible tells us. What things?

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Ephesians 5:3-5 (KJV)

Christians should be living sober lives. We should be living, well, Christian lives. Course and filthy talk shouldn’t be heard from us. The Bible mentions these things and tells us not to partake of these things – but also is telling us not to partake of the people who do these things. That’s important.

100 years ago, the average Southern Baptist church was teaching their members to withdraw from the world, avoid drink, saloons and dance halls, and the theatre unless the entertainment was family oriented and moral. And they were teaching their congregants to withdraw from everyone who didn’t. It’s called separation.

the doctrine of separation ended right after world war 2, the results of all the fighting. The soldiers came home and found New Evangelicalism firmly entrenched in their churches, and bring tired of fighting with everyone, just let it go.

And of course, the New Evangelicals gave it all of two or three minutes of being ensconced in the churches before they began spouting their rhetoric. “We repudiate come out-ism!” was the rallying cry.

It’s unScriptural. You just read Ephesians 5:1-5. What does the Bible say?

“Let’s take down the wall of separation, and make it a picket fence.”

Sorry, I’m really astounded that anyone would say anything stupid like that. It’s a comment designed to appease the separationists and the Evangelicals. The first half of the sentence is the true advocation, the last half is a lie to buy time, so that the separationists will not come out and call it what it obviously is – a call to ecumenism. And Ecumenism is something advocated by the Roman Catholic church. Why?

Why, obviously, if the RCC bamboozles us into thinking Catholics are saved, then we can be drawn back to Rome. I’m coming right out and saying, if you get drawn into Roman Catholicism, I’ have GRAVE doubts about your salvation.

here’s how the Bible describes your situation… You were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. So walk in that light!

“But the Bible doesn’t teach anything about separation here!”

Oh, yes it does! “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

So the New Evangelicalism principle of rejecting separation from the world and of Ecumenism is a lie, a trick of Rome and of Satan, and is completely unBiblical.

“Those are harsh words! Where’s the love, brother?”

Should I speak lovingly of those deliberately spreading satanic doctrine, falsehood, and error? No. I should reject and rebuke such people, according to the Bible.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

There you go. Black and white, right from the Bible.

6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 (KJV)

I know, when you see these verses like this, it’s almost a shock. You get so used to just letting your eyes move across the Bible’s pages without actually reading. But these and many other verses on separation are in the Bible. Indeed, the word “sanctified” means “set apart for holy use.” If you are saved, you are set apart for holy use.

If you remain in the world after being saved, old habits and patterns come back. Soon there’s almost no difference between your life now and before you were saved!

This creates conflict, and emotional turmoil. you know you shouldn’t be part of the world. So you unconsciously retreat even further into the world, so that the convicting will stop. And then you start asking, “How did I get here?”

Well, simple! You took that first step!

Take another, this time away from the world. Get BACK to where you were when you got saved.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Revelation 2:4-5 (KJV)


Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???