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Why Christians Practice Separation

What is separation? Why do Christians practice it?

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 ---Madison on 5/14/05
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Christians separate themselves from the world and sin, because we love the Lord who is also sinless and commands us to be like him. So we purify ourselves as he is pure. I John 3:3. We must come out of the world which is cursed and be separate. Revelation 18:4. The friend of the world is God's enemy. James 4:4. For the love of the world is not of the Father. See I John 2:15-17.
---Eloy on 12/14/07

We are to separate. We cannot let the world pull us back to our old ways either. We cannot compromise our faith and beliefs. You will know when you are compromising. The unsaved will seek us out because we do not witness to them and they cannot see Jesus in us. Or the(believer) acts just like they do. We must separate ourselves as Jesus instructs us to do. We are soldiers in the army of the Lord and we are never off duty.
---Robyn on 5/27/07

Seperation is a time when two or more people stay away from each other for some time. Christians use it, because there is no prohbition against it in the Bible.
---Pierr7958 on 5/26/07

Separation is to be set-apart from the world, and HOLY for God. Christians practice this, because it is what God wants them to do.
---Leslie on 1/7/07

2 Corinthians 6:15-18, "God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 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."
---Bruce5656 on 5/16/05

Madison, a friend of mine told a fellow bible student that he was 'Too Heavenly minded to be of any Earthly use' because his attitude was just as you describe. We all run the risk of fitting that description if we think that we can go through life and keep out of the way of (or keep out of our way) those who do not believe as we believe. The way we conduct ourselves in daily life, shopping, studying, playing etc. should all show that Jesus is part of our lives. We'll never show it by staying apart.
---F.F. on 5/16/05

The kind of separation you refer to is taking things to the extreme. Besides being told 'be ye separate' we are also told to 'go into all the world and preach the gospel'. There is no way that we can do the latter if we separate ourselves to the point where we do not even want to mix with unbelievers. We have to mix in most aspects of life but we do not have TO BE like them. Separate spiritually but not necessarily physically. No-one would ever hear the gospel if we did as you say some do.
---Xanthi on 5/16/05

It is because of fear that Christains separate.

I use Christ as the ultimate standard. He told Satan face to face that he didn't want anything he had to offer. I hope someday I have the same power to do that without sinning.

The Bible says to flee temptation. Since when is witnessing to people temptation? Are we using excuses so we don't have to do what we are called to do?

James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
---Tom145 on 5/15/05

The Bible says we are in the world,but not of the world.Jesus ate with Publicans and sinners.He didn't avoid sinners,He came to the sinners to save them.We aren't to make them our best friends,but how can we be a witness if no one can see what we have from Christ.If we never share the good news with them.We shouldn't be so Heavenly minded we are no Earthly good.Our commission is "GO and TELL".To bring Christ to the lost.Mingle but don't adhere.
---Darlene_1 on 5/15/05

The separation I was referring to was the separation that I have seen many Christians do where they refuse to work in secular fields, or go to public universities for fear of being near sinners. I have seen it where a church did not want kids from the neighborhood attending the youth group, and only wanted the youth group to be for the Christian kids of the members of the church.
---Madison on 5/15/05

1st cliff, cosmos in John 3:16 speaks of all the lost sheep that the Lord came to save. But Jesus himself did not say that he was a friend of sinners, only a friend to the sinner who has rightened themself (repented) to him. John 3:16 should not be read without the last verse verse 36 of that same chapter: "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son will not see life; but the wrath of God reamains on him". John 3:36. Wrath and Love are opposites.
---Eloy on 5/15/05

Madison, Cliff,

It is OK for the boat to be in the water but we should be concerned when the water gets in the boat.

Christians are to be in the world but not OF the world. Worldly desires and standards should be foreign to the Christian.

Jesus was called the friend of sinners but never a sinner. He ministered to people where needed but did not get involved in their deeds.
---Elder on 5/15/05

I think you mean the verse where we as christians are to come out and separate from the world. I believe it means we are just suppose to be recognizably different. Our lives should stand out like a light in the darkness. If we never talk with those wha are unsaved we will never be able to witness to them. We have to live here but that doesn't mean we should act like everyone else. In the words of the Newsboys, we need to shine and make 'em wonder what ya got.
---bethie on 5/15/05

Is your question asking about separation in marriage or separation of Christians from the activities of non-Christians Madison? If the latter I agree with Xanthi on this. If you mean marriage, as many seem to think you do, I think this should only happen in very extreme cases when a couple need a serious break to get their thoughts and lives back on track. In most cases problems should be sorted TOGETHER with God.
---Paul_James on 5/15/05

-2- Non-believers should be able to SEE that we are different from them. To sound positive rather than negative we could say Sunday is my day of rest, I prefer to put healthy things in my body, God gave us a wonderful vocabulary and I have a huge choice of words and do not need to use the few offensive ones etc.
---Xanthi on 5/15/05

Madison I think the kind of separation you refer to means that Christians are called to be 'separate from the world'. In other words we must live our lives according to God's rules, not man's and separate ourselves from those things that are unholy. Not every Christian will agree on what those things are of course, but the list COULD include not working or shopping on Sunday, not smoking, drinking, swearing etc.
---Xanthi on 5/15/05

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In my answer I did not specify the length of time of a healthy seperation. I am in fact in agreement with your blog, that it should be reasonably long enough for some real praying and soul-searching to take place. Thanks for your comment.
P.S. Any reaction to my thought that I wonder if I know you? Clue:Word97
---Pierr7958 on 5/14/05

Eloy; you bring up a very interesting point here.!st.Jn 2.15 uses the word "kosmos" for world the same word of Jn. 3.16! (#2889 strong's concordance) your comment?
---1st_cliff on 5/14/05

So, are we not supposed to associate with unbelievers? No friends that aren't saved? What about work? What about school?

Didn't Jesus hang around sinners all the time?
---Madison on 5/14/05

Pierre: The bible seems to prohibit separation (the withholding of physical intimacy in marriage) except by mutual consent for a short period for the purpose of fasting and prayer. (see 1 Cor 7:3-5)
---Jerry on 5/14/05

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