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Biblical Reasons For the Doctrine of

Separation


I.) The Character of God

1.) God is holy... separated from all that defiles.


2.) God is jealous for His people. He wants them all to Himself; separated from all others.


3.) God is zealous for His reputation.


4.) God is a God of light. Light and darkness cannot mix.


5.) God is a God of Truth. Truth and error cannot mix.


6.) God is righteous. He loves righteousness and hates iniquity



II.) The Word of God



1.) Can two walk together except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)
2.) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness… (Eph.5:11)
3.) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them. (Rom.16:17)
4.) Withdraw thyself… (I Tim.6:3-5)
5.) Receive not… (II John 1:9-10)
6.) Believe not every spirit… (I John 4:1)
7.) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers… (II Cor.6:14)
8.) Come out from among them and be ye separate… (II Cor.6:17)
9.) Follow not that which is evil… (III John 11)
10.) A man that is an heretic, reject… (Titus 3:10)
11.) Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord. (II Chron.19:2b)
12.) From such… turn away. (II Tim.3:3-5)
13.) Walk not… stand not… sit not… (Psalm 1:1-3)
14.) Let us cleanse ourselves from… (II Cor.7:1)
15.) Abstain from all appearance of evil. (I Thess. 5:22)
16.) Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly… (II Thess.3:6)
17.) Have no company with him… (II Thess.3:14)
18.) Purge out there the old leaven… (I Cor.5:6)
19.) Therefore, put away from among yourselves that wicked person… (I Cor.5:13)
20.) If a man purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." (II Tim.2:21)

III.) The Position and Calling of the Saint



1.) The believer of this age is a member of the "church" (body of called out ones). We have been called OUT of the world and INTO the Body of Christ. We are different from the world. (John 15:19; I John 5:19)
2.) The believer has been chosen to be "holy" - separated unto God. (Eph. 1:4)
3.) The saint (believer in Christ) is a child of light. (Eph.5:8) "What communion hath light with darkness?" (II Cor.6:14)
4.) The saint has been positionally set apart already, once and for all at the moment of saving faith. He is sanctified. (I Cor.6:11; Heb.10:10,14; I Pet.1:2)
5.) As children of God, we are to be like our Father, who is holy and separate. (I Pet.1:15-16)
6.) We were "called" to be holy (separated from evil and unto the Lord). (I Thess.4:3,7)
7.) Our priesthood indicates our "separate" character. (I Pet.2:5,9)
8.) God has always put a difference between His people and those who do not belong to Him.

IV.) The Protection of the Congregation



1.) Corruption and impurty spreads easily in a "body". Impurty needs to be removed… "cut off"… like gangerene. 2.) "That all Israel may hear, fear, and do no more any such wickedness." (Deut.13:10-11) Evil is put away or separated from the congregation.
3.) "That all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously." (Deut.17:12-13) Separating from sin prevents God's people from learning to tolerate sin.
4.) When separation is practiced, it prevents God's people from learning the ways and works of the heathen. (Ps.1:1-2; Ps.106:35-42)

V.) The Protection of the Individual Believer


1.) "Evil communications corrupt good manners." (I Cor.15:33)
2.) Separation is necessary to keep the individual from learning he ways of the heathen, and being attracted to false doctrine and ungodly ways. (Ps.106:35-42; the example of Solomon - I Kings 11:1-8)
3.) Separation is necessary to keep the saint from learning the ungodly ways of disobedient brothers. (Prov.4:14-19; 9:6; 13:20; 14:7; 22:24-25)
4.) For the spiritual strength and vitality of the believer's walk. (Ps.1:1-3)
5.) Because false teachers seek to allure God's people into damnable heresies. (II Pet.2:1)
6.) Because the Bible describes false teachers as "ravening wolves" and God's people as "sheep." (Matt.7:15; 10:16)
7.) Because the Devil uses doctrinal mixture as one of his "wiles" or "devices" to beguile God's people, and "devour" them. (I Pet.5:8; I Tim.4:1; II Cor.11:3-4,13-15; Eph.6:11-12)

VI.) The Discipline and Restoration of the Disobedient Brother


1.) That he may be shamed into returning to obedience to the Word of God. (II Thess.3:6,14-15)
2.) That he may "learn" from the discipline. (I Tim.1:19-20)
3.) Separating from a disobedient brother is God's form of chastening "whom He loveth." (Heb.12:6)
   a.) That he might be a partaker of His holiness. (Heb.12:10b)
   b.) That he might be exercised by the chastening and afterwards receive the peaceable fruits of righteousness. (Heb.12:11)
   c.) Discipline by "separation" is always remedial for the believer, not punitive.

VII.) The Meaning of "Holiness"


1.) Hebrew word for holiness: Kodesh: apartness, holiness, sacredness, separateness. [Strongs]
2.) Greek word for holiness: Hagios - fundamentally signifies separated (among the Greeks, dedicated to the gods), and hence, in Scripture in its moral and spiritual significance, separated from sin and therefore consecrated to God, sacred. [Vines]
3.) The doctrine of holiness and purity is the doctrine of separation.
4.) The concept of "cleansing" from impurity. (II Cor.7:1)


Application of the Doctrine of Separation



I.) Separation From Sin & Immorality
  * 1 Corinthians 5:9 - I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators.
  * Ephesians 5:11 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
  * Prov.4:14-15 - Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
  * Jer.15:17 - I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
  * I Cor.10:20-21 - But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

II.) Separation From Unbelievers
  * II Cor.6:14-18 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
  * 2 Chronicles 19:2 - And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.
  * Ezra 4:1-4 - Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel; 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. 4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building…

III.) Separation From False Doctrine
  * Deuteronomy 13:1-5 - If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
  * 1 Timothy 6:3, 5 - If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness… from such withdraw thyself.
  * Romans 16:17 - Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
  * II Tim.3:5 - Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
  * Titus 3:10 - A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.
  * II John 1:10-11 - If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

IV.) Separation From Disobedient Believers
  * 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14 - Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
  * I Cor.5:11-13 - But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
  * Matthew 18:15-17 - Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
  * 1 Corinthians 5:5,7 - To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

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