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Come Out And Be Separate

God says "... come out from among them, and be ye separate, ..." 2 Cor. 6:17a How should this be applied in today's context, and why?

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Now is the time to come out of the world system
and be part of the Body of the Son of man.
---duke on 12/16/07

Sis.Laurie5759, I don't believe I meant that comment for anyone here. Going out on the town spreading God's word IS different from going out with the ducks to do ducky things. If you feel you fit as being part of the world then I will pray for you. However if your venturing out is as a witness of God then you certainly are not a duck. You are witnessing to the ducks. Judgement is declaring guilt or innocence, I simply replay what I see/hear/read and compare it to God's word.
---mikefl on 11/11/06

Mikefl - that's judging what you do not know. What's to stop a group of young Christians going out on the town on a Friday night - with the purpose to reach people for God?

For your information, I am not a duck!
---laure5759 on 11/10/06

My daddy always said, "If it looks like a duck, has feathers like a duck, quacks like a duck, and cooks up like a duck, you can bet it ain't a chicken. If we dress, speak, act, live and die like sinners, don't expect people to say "now that was a Christian".
---mikefl on 11/8/06

One of us is not as smart as all of us.
We all have so much of the world around us, influencing us, on us.
If you hang with your unsaved friends, the Bible is clear that bad company corrupts good morals. Being a witness for Christ does not mean you wallow in the pigpen. How many times does Jesus Christ enter into the conversation while you're dancing and drinking at the clubs? Usually, it's someone taking His name in vain.
---R.A. on 11/8/06

R.A. - true, but how about Jesus telling us that we must be the salt of the earth? If we are not in the earth and absorbed by it, we will not change it's flavour? Of course, we must not be of the world, but in it, as John has mentioned. So what now?
---laure5759 on 11/8/06

I've seen a lot of people go way overboard on this Scripture to the point that they have no one to witness to because they have removed themselves from everyone who isn't a Christian. Jesus was out there all the time exposing himself, even eating with them. We need to be carefull not to be so separated that we don't win anyone. Be in the world but not of it. All this is very difficult at times especially when family is involved.
---john on 11/7/06

Old saying, You can't step in a bucket of slop without getting some on yourself. If you hang out with the buds long enough, it works the wrong way. Your witness is gone, they've rubbed off on you, and you all have the same flavor (no salt). Reading all of the world's material will not help your witness either. Stay in the Word. The Holy Spirit will place words in your mouth without working it up in the flesh.
---R.A. on 11/7/06

"Come out of her and be ye separate" is not talking about coming out of the world per se. It is talking about coming out of that woman called Mystery Babylon, aka: confusion. She is the religious harlot who has clothed herself and refuses to see herself a widow of the old man and able to be married to another, even Him who was raised. In other words, it is the double mind, trying to function in a new covenant age under an old covenant law.
---Linda6563 on 11/7/06

Thank God there is help for that. It is called the millstone. A millstone grinds up the grain of the wheat of His death and the barley of His resurrection and it destroys confusion. She receives double for all her sins. That is a good thing, really. Stop pinning "Mystery Babylon" on a specific denomination and consider the areas of your own understanding that have not yet had light shed on them.
---Linda6563 on 11/7/06

Donna - but why not go on happy hour? I'm not saying that I do this, but I'm asking questions, you see. Perhaps it is that something I may say - even there - may change someone's life - of course, provided I behave myself! And what about reading books? If we don't read books that the world is reading, how can we point people to God if we do not know what we are talking about?
---laure5759 on 11/7/06

laure5759, There is much evil in this world, most living by the motto "If it feels good do it", but we must live by this motto "Lord, let not my will be done, but Yours". God encourages His people to be separate(1 Pet. 2:9-12) and come up out of all that darkness in which the world loves, so that He can shine His LIGHT through us, and that light will help those who are in darkness. Many Christian's desire the thing's of the world(darkness), and this Grieves God's Heart. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/7/06

It means don't do what the world is doing, or what others are doing. Come out and be separate. It means if your buddies go to happy hour, you're not supposed to go with them. It means be different than the world so that you are proven to be God's children. Without faith it is impossible to please God, and you need to live by faith, not by the world's measures.
---Donna9759 on 11/7/06

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