Be Ye Separate
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And 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. 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 6:14-18
So many believers think that to be equally yoked only applies to marriage, but that simply is not true. The Word of God says that we are to take His yoke, for it is easy and His burden is light. Therefore, when looking at the above passages, we must ascertain that to be equally yoked is to be lightly burdened in Christ. This means that all of our relationships are to be with believers where we fellowship in equal standing in Christ, lightly burdened by the same Cross and the ease of knowing God.
This extends even into the modern church. There are many who have been deceived by themselves and who have deceived others. They have gone and added law back to the simplicity of the gospel of Christ, which is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. In doing so, they have chosen not to preach repentance or sin. They preach solely the love of God.
If, in fact, someone believes that they are saved, and they have no change in their behavior, no difference that is evident in their speech, their actions, or their choices, then they are most likely not believing the true gospel and the true Christ. The true gospel brings conviction, and demands change. Look again at the words chosen in the above passage.
What have we to do with the unclean thing, that being our old man? We are commanded to release the old and allow the new the change us from within. We are to come out from among the unbelievers, even if that means leaving a church filled with them. We are to be separate and apart from the world, not alike unto it. We are supposed to look different, sound different, and act different. There must be something about us that people would want. It cannot be produced and it cannot be mimicked. Christ within is demands that we be different and if we allow Him to, through the operation of the Holy Spirit within Who works exclusively through the grace given by faith in Jesus Christ and what He did upon that Cross at Calvary, change will occur. We will be transformed.
It may take some time; each of us is different. But if the entirety, or even the majority, of us are not changing at all, then we must ask ourselves:
Do we really know God? Do we really know the God of the Bible? Who are we following if we can continue to sleep around, drink to excess, smoke marijuana, curse, lie, steal, and try our best to continue to look like the world?
Come out, church, and be ye separate!