Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for whatfellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? Andwhat communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Separation is two fold: A Christian is to be separated from sin and separated to Christ!
This is a Christian principal that believers are always in danger of erroring in because some have a lot of difficulty in applying the right thought found here. Many Christians have misunderstood the scripture found here. Paul was not demanding isolation in this verse, but separation. Two totally different ways of thinking. We read in the Bible were Jesus ate with sinners and talked to them, but He never, once, compromised the principles of holiness and righteousness. He never compromised or bowed down to the opinion of sinners nor did He give into anything that was against the word of God. If we isolate ourselves how are we going to let our light shine for the Lord? So it is not isolation that Paul was talking about here, it was separation.
A Christian’s relationship with unbelievers should be centered centered on what is necessary and appropriate for the social and the daily economical purposes of the Christians life, to show people the way to salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ. The most important association for Christians is to have a deep and close relationship with other believers, because there is were a Christian can relate on spiritual matters. Where two or three are gathered together in His name He is in their mist!
Our fellowship, with the Lord, is based upon the broken body and the shed blood of Christ and therefore should never be corrupted by an unequal or a one sided yoke. The truth is that light and darkness cannot possibly, in no way, at the same time exist in one person. Jesus is the light of the world and He came into the world and He was rejected by man, because man would rather have darkness, and we, as followers of the Lord, who are the Light, we must not be found in communion or sharing, with the darkness of sin and unbelief. Because it is not possible for harmony or an agreement to exist between the Lord and the Devil, we, who are followers of Christ, cannot find agreement, or harmony, with those who are in agreement, or harmony, with the Devil in their unbelief and rejection of the Word of God. It is impossible to do this!
In Colossians 1:12, Christians are called “partakers of the inheritance. ” We are, as believers, and shareholders in the household of the faith are a part of the body of Christ, the church. There is a line That is drawn in the sand between those who are in God’s kingdom and those who are in Satan’s kingdom. What portion does one who has faith have with one who has no faith ? The call for separation, that we are talking about here goes far beyond the marriage between a man and woman. A Christian, who is obedient and believes in the word of God, cannot be in a religious yoke with one who does not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and denies the faith. A believer cannot be in fellowship with a non believer of God’s word on any basis. He can have no share nor part with the unbelief of a sinner, or with a denial of the the Christian faith. The Lord cannot be in agreement with the Devil. The is just a plain and simple fact. What fellowship can light have with darkness? Even though we must be of a kind nature to everybody, There is a line in the sand that must not and cannot be crossed! We cannot never compromise the word of God. I will close this article with these five thoughts from the Bible:
- What fellowship hath righteousness have with unrighteousness?
- What communion hath light with darkness?
- What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
- What part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
- What concord hath Christ with Belial?