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February 16, 2007

Separation

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Separation
A Bible Study by Adam Osborne, Jr.
February 16, 2007

 


 

In your “close” social life, separate yourself from non-believers or preachers of false doctrine 

 

Romans 16:17-18 (NIV) I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

1 Cor 5:11 (NIV) But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 (NIV) In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

2 Tim 3:5 (NIV) having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2 John 1:10-11 (NIV) If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him.11 Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.  

 

HOWEVER.…. consider “The Great Commission“…. 

Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

As Christians, we are not to isolate ourselves away from all peoples.  We are called to go forth to all peoples and spread the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ.  However, who we associate with, our close companions, like Jesus who had the twelve disciples…. we are to associate with “like minded believers.”

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