The Clean and the Unclean

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.

The sacred things of God must never be used for common purposes.  In the Old Testament, the priests took great care to separate and distinguish between the holy and the unholy; the clean and the unclean.  If any unclean thing was brought before the Lord, His presence would consume them.  Just as Aaron’s sons brought strange fire before the Lord and they were consumed (Leviticus 10:1-2), so too is today’s strange fire consumed.  If our High Priest, Jesus Christ, has declared us clean, we have no business fellowshipping with the unclean.

But Jesus hung out with the sinners (Mark 2:13-17), you say?  “When Jesus heard it, He said unto them, they who are whole have no need of the physician, but they who are sick: I came not to call the Righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17.  Jesus came to heal the sinner and call them to repentance…let us not leave that little nugget out of the equation, even though it does lay waste the ministry of the bar room preachers who want to “show them Jesus” by bellying up to the bar with them over a cocktail.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.  Today’s social gospel encourages the Saint to go out among them and “be the only Bible some will ever see”.   The only problem with that is the only Bible they show is a sugar coated, diluted gospel so as to appeal to the flesh of a lost and dying world, instead of lifting up Jesus Christ and what He did for them and allowing the Holy Spirit to draw them.  Once  the lost get into church, there are a variety of programs to choose from to overcome their sin and be a productive part of society.  All the while, their heart has not been changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ but their flesh has been temporarily appeased. 

I say all of that to say this, we will know them by their fruit.  Many think I am speaking of coming out from among the unbelievers…no, I’m speaking of the “believers” who do not believe the Word of God.  I am speaking of those who have decided to do it “their” way and follow their flesh for victory over sin and forsaking the Cross of Jesus Christ and what He did to give them dominion over sin.  These are the ones who will have the blood of the ones they have led astray on their hands….come out, come out from among them!  Jesus is still Jesus of the Bible.  He  is alive and is active in His church.  The Lord wants to heal the sick, break the bondages and deliver His people but we must come out from among the unclean so they will not be consumed.  – Donna Clark Warren

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