Hopefully, I’ve scared everyone yesterday. I’m sure I lost a couple of readers. UPDATE: To my immense surprise and gratification, I lost only two. My faith in my fellow Christians is restored. Praise God!
This brings us to Separationism. It’s one of the least taught doctrines in Christianity, yet it’s mentioned in almost every book of the Bible.
Without meaning to allegorize, what did the Lord tell my ancestors when they killed off the Hivites the Jebusites, the Canaanites and the other nations living in the land of Israel?
28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God. 29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; 30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Deuteronomy 12:28-32 (KJV)
This teaching would be repeated over and over again. DO NOT DO AS THEY DID. Separate from them. Touch not the accursed thing.
As a matter of fact, it was to be taken so seriously, that if anyone living in Israel did it, the rest of Israel was to kill him immediately, lest it corrupt them.
They did not, and it did. Hence the book of Jeremiah. Hence the captivity in Babylon.
If you study your Bible, the thing that should be jumping out at you is this concept – Do not do as they do. And separate from those who do.
There used to be a phrase when I was growing up, where they said “I don’t drink smoke or chew, or run with those who do.” Why? If they do it, you will too.
There was a pastor who warned “That which we tolerate, eventually we capitulate, then we emulate.”
If you accept as Christian those who light candles to idols, eventually – you will too.
If you accept as Christian those who were sprinkled as a baby, then eventually their doctrines will affect you as well.
If you accept those as Christians those who think they can become gods, then guess what? their doctrines will affect you too. It’s inevitable.
That which we tolerate, we eventually emulate.
I have in the past listed many, many verses teaching separation. Is it harsh? Yes. Is it judgmental? No. I’m doing it for my own sake. And that’s why God warned Israel not to do it. It’s why He’s warned Christianity not to do it. That which we tolerate, we eventually emulate.
Do not listen to those who teach apostasy. That includes Warrren Wiersbe. James Dobson. Billy Graham. Franklin Graham. Joel Osteen. Almost every preacher on TV.
And nowadays, we’re getting to a point where almost every pulpit is occupied by apostates.
You have to jealously guard your doctrinal stances. The Bible says to do so. “Keep your doctrine without spot.” A spot’s a little thing. A single ink spot, no matter how small, will ruin a white necktie. A single compromise, no matter how small, will compromise your Christian walk.
Here’s the question to consider – would the Apostle Paul accept the Evangelical leaders of today, or rebuke them?
I can honestly tell you, they would not have been accepted into the churches at that time. Or they would have been placed under discipline, and “delivered unto Satan” until they repented. I guarantee that. I’ve read the bible enough, STUDIED it enough to guarantee that. Today’s great Christian teachers would mostly be rejected by the apostles!
Bottom line, you CANNOT rely upon any Bible teacher to teach you the word of God. You need to read the Bible for yourself, and understand. I will teach you how to do it, but you have to do it for yourself.
Because if every Christian has to give an account for themselves, what will you say when the Lord asks you why you believed such?