Leviticus 19:2 “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy”
Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”
GOD is PERFECTION in every way…. and this is what makes Him, Holy….. “Holy” means “separate”…. God calls us to separate ourselves from everything that is impure…. and yet, practically, this does not mean to go and live “apart” from all mankind in some deserted place…. rather we live among them, “but their ways are not our ways”…. and it is this “distinction” that CAUSES them to inquire as to our “separateness”.
It is a sad thing today that the church is no different from “any other organization”…. and the people of the church are living lives that are so similar to the “unsaved” peoples that nobody can tell any difference.
We see in the Scripture that from beginning to end…. God has always called His people to be DISTINCT from the “rest of mankind”…… and in fact, His people will get NO RESPECT with the “heathen” UNTIL they enforce this “separateness”.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned ? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by MEN” Matthew 5:13
“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and MEN gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:6
Both of the above verses show the DISDAIN and DISRESPECT that MEN have for FAKE (or backslidden), COMPROMISING christians.
Taken together the two verses above show that….. without the Power of the Lord manifested by the ability (and necessity) to live a SEPARATE life…. christian testimony to mankind is useless…. and “fruit bearing” is impossible…. RIDICULE and/or FAILURE will be the result of any effort by the “compromising” christian to seriously CHANGE the outlook of his fellow man.
Yet today this is EXACTLY what is happening with the churches….. some are compromising in every way…. and yet…. in spite of this are still shrinking in numbers.
Others churches have abandoned the TRUE WAY altogether ….. and are swelling and bursting at the seems with people enjoying the good WORLDLY life ….. full of PROSPERITY, INDULGENCE and FLESHLY COMFORTS….. no mourning over the SIN in their lives (they dont even recognize this SIN) ….. and no REVERENCE for the AWESOME HOLINESS of a RIGHTEOUS GOD….. for these deceived people, the Christian Life is not seen as a difficult road to travel… they do not really “war” with their own fleshly desires and the influences of the world and the devil….. rather the Christian Life is presented to them as a way to get RICH and to enjoy freedom from any adversity whatsoever….. NO WONDER such churches are BURSTING AT THE SEAMS and getting bigger with each passing day….. because EVERYBODY WANTS THE “GOOD LIFE”….. but this is the MASS DECEPTION by the “god of this world” (namely the same devil who they treat like a puppy-dog)….. these people need to read REVELATION CHAPTERS 2 and 3…… the message which the LORD has given for the churches (both past, present and future).
Prayer for Today:
Loving Heavenly Father, may our lives REFLECT YOUR HOLINESS… may we have our priorities in the right order….. it is not about “what our friends think” or “how many people we can get into OUR church”….. when our lives are RIGHT with YOU, the effect we have on those around us will be controlled by Your Holy Spirit….. it does not matter whether the church is large or small…. popular or not…. we shall fulfill our destiny and have the impact you appointed us to have…. for Jesus sake… Amen.