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COME OUT FROM
AMONG THEM
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has
righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  And
what accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  And
what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living
God.  As God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk among them, I will be their God, and
they shall be my people.  Therefore, Come out from among them and be separate, says
the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you,
and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

The Corinthian church had problems with things offered to idols, and the idol worship they
had once engaged in.  Paul had addressed these in his first epistle.  They were attempting to
straddle the fence, serving both the idols and God.

“No servant can serve two master; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or
else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and
mammon.” ~ Luke 16:13

Paul tells them they cannot place themselves together with unbelievers.  It would be an
unequal yoke.  In times of old, you could not yoke an ox and a donkey, or an ox and a horse
together.  They would pull at different speeds and with different strength.  It would not work.  It
is like putting two different size tires on your drive axle: the only thing that is going to happen
is you are going to tear up your axle.  The same thing is true of putting believers and
unbelievers together in worship and service to God.

How can righteousness and lawlessness work together? They are mutually exclusive.  One
will eliminate the other.  You will either be righteous or lawless; but, you cannot be both.  To
attempt to do so is to become lawless.
Can light and dark co-exist?  Light will eliminate dark, and dark is the absence of light.

Can Christ, the Messiah, agree with the sons of the Devil?  Can He agree with idols?  To ask
the question is to answer it.

Thus, can the infidel and the believer work together to the glory of God?  Can the infidel and
the believer worship the God of heaven in the same acceptable way?  Can the infidel (non-
Christian) and the believer (the Christian) work toward the same end when they are traveling
different directions?

Is it proper to place idols in the temple of God?  Or, since the Christian is the temple of God,
to place the Christian with idols and idol worshippers?

God has promised to dwell in His people.  He will walk among them.  He will be their God.  
They are to be His people.  Look at Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; and Ezekiel 37:27.  
Therefore, they cannot straddle the fence, and serve God and mammon.

There is to be a separation between the people of God, and the people of the world.  See
Isaiah 52:11 and Ezekiel 20:34,41. That is what is meant by being holy: a people separated
for the service of God -- separated by the fact that they are obedient unto the Lord, and
zealous of good works.
If the believers will separate themselves, the Lord God Almighty will become their Father
(whether in Hebrew – Abba, or Greek – patri, or English), and they will truly be the children of
God.

But, that means there must be a separation.  We cannot fellowship those who refuse to
acknowledge who God and Jesus are.  We cannot fellowship those who refuse to obey the
gospel.  We cannot fellowship those who refuse to be faithful by separating themselves from
the unbelievers, the infidels, the non-Christians, and those who will submit to His will.

Sincere, truth-seeking souls are called out of error into the truth.  We are called to separate
ourselves from man-made religion, the doctrines and commandments of men.

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, lest you
share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”  ~ Revelation 18:4
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