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When to Separate

By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal

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,”

Separation is not commanded to take the enjoyment of one’s life away, but it is commanded to keep you from the sorrow of sin. Too many people look at separation from what it takes away instead of looking at it from what all it gives. For instance, a person may not like the lines of separation in the middle of a road, but those lines are there for your safety and the enjoyment of your driving experience. The lines in the middle of a road are not there to keep you from enjoying the other side of the road, but they are there to keep you safe from an accident so that you can enjoy driving. Likewise, God does not command the believer to live a separated life to keep you from “enjoying” life, but he commands the believer to separate so they can enjoy life. The question then arises, when should the believer separate? Let me show you five times when you should separate.

First, never yoke up with unbelievers. Verse 14 says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” The believer should never get into a union with an unbeliever because it will end wrong. For instance, a believer should never go into business with an unbeliever, and the believer should never marry an unbeliever. As good as it may sound to yoke up with an unbeliever, always remember that yoking up with an unbeliever always leads to regret and sorrow.

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Second, never fellowship with those who are not doing righteous works. God rhetorically asks in verse 14, “…for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?” God is talking about not yoking up with someone who is not going the same direction. A person may believe the same things that you believe, but if they are not going the same direction as you are, you should never yoke up with them for any cause.

Third, never get involved in conversations about the acts of darkness. God continues in verse 14 by asking, “…what communion hath light with darkness?” God is saying that you should separate from those who talk wrong. People who curse and tell filthy jokes should never be people with whom you associate. You must learn to walk away from conversations that are filled with filthy innuendos and curse words because it will pollute your mind.

Fourth, never work with those who don’t agree with the doctrines of Christ. Verse 15 asks, “And what concord hath Christ with Belial?” My friend, never yoke up with people who don’t believe like you for a “better cause.” Just because you both have the same desire for something to be done doesn’t mean you should yoke up with them. You are always influenced in a bad way when you yoke up with people who don’t believe like you for a “worthy cause.” Just because you are working towards the same purpose doesn’t mean you can keep them from influencing you. God’s command to separate is important to keeping your mind from being influenced in a wrong manner that will eventually lead you wayward.

Fifth, never be involved with anything that is against God. Verse 15 commands to separate from an infidel. Simply put, never get into a union with someone who hates God. Your agreement for a cause may seem like a worthy manner to yoke up, but separation keeps you from the bad ending that is sure to come.

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