Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Be Ye Separate

2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?

I realize Christendom uses verse 14 by saying…“If you’re saved, don’t get involved in a relationship with an unbeliever.”  And, that is true…

2 Corinthians 6:15
And what concord [agreement] hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

…but Paul is not just talking about relationships between the lost and the saved.  He is talking about saved people being in a religious, denominational, legalistic system.  Legalism is another name for denominations.  If you are attending a denomination that is not a Pauline, dispensational bible study that rightly divides the word of truth, understanding the unique and special message of the Apostle Paul, you are robbing yourself, your family and your Lord.  God doesn’t want you in that.  He wants you to come out from among them…

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.

…that’s the whole point of Second Corinthians.  Paul is telling those grace believers to come out of that religious system.  God, in the Old Testament in Isaiah, tells the religious Jew who believes his word to come out from amongst apostate Israel. Why are grace assemblies so small?  Because they [Christendom at large] are all in the legalistic denominations.  Notice that it is our apostle Paul that “separated” the disciples. 

Acts 19:9
But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he [Paul] departed from them, and  [Paul] separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.   

People ask me, "Should we leave our church?"   I don’t just say, “Yes you should.”  Rather, I say, “You keep learning Pauline doctrine and believe it; you’ll make that decision yourself.”  That’s what happened to me.  I was listening to the rightly divided word on the radio but going to a denominational full gospel Baptist church in Chicago—listening to that guy in the pulpit and listening to the guy rightly dividing on the radio.  I believed both, but testing them by scripture until this truth (of the rightly divided word) was resonating from the scripture more than that.   That made me realize that my church was under the law of the prophecy program, rather than under grace according to this dispensation; so, I left that denominational church.  When someone asks if they should leave their church, I just tell them to keep listening to the rightly divided word and they will see and be able to come to that decision on their own.  But, yes, you ought to separate yourself.  Paul did.

Romans 16:17-18
Now I beseech [beg of] you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them [have nothing to do with them]. 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 [those not mature in their knowledge and understanding of the word…rightly divided].

1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats [Jewish ordinances], which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Transcribed excerpt of a grace message given by Ron Knight (Paul’s Special Ministry).

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