2 Cor. 6:14 π 2 Cor. 6:16 π 2 Cor. 7:1 π Rev. 18:4
“Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.’” ( 2 Cor. 7:1; top )
We have rarely felt that this verse could apply to the erudite full gospel and evangelical Christians of our day, who have obtained prosperity and gifts in an abundance. However, as our society crumbles into moral decay, numerous statistics via our media are jolting our Christian complacency to a place of re-examining our dedication to God and our obviously inept prayer meetings and our socializing seminars, as not being able to stop the flow of uncleanness and sin in our society.
We have turned our heads and hearts away from such statistics as:
- 22 million people have used or are using cocaine in the U.S.
- Eighty percent of people interviewed recently thought legalized gambling is alright.
- Taxes on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. result in 12 billion dollars in revenue, while the cost of health care, services, unemployment and rehabilitation of drinkers cost us 89 billion dollars.
- Oklahoma, the center of the Bible Belt, ranks second to California in the production of pot.
- Pari-mutual gambling and betting is becoming legal in most states.
These, plus many other categories of unclean things, gather moment that only a totally holy and sacrificial body of believers can change.
Any compromised walk with God has always been an abomination to God. It gained a 40-year trip for millions in spite of God’s good intentions toward Israel; others were given over to ungodly nations to be slaves; many others were buried alive because of their rebellion.
“…What communion has light with darkness?” ( 2 Cor. 6:14; top )
God has given us His Spirit to guide us into a holy walk with Himself, to help us fulfill His statutes. God’s great victories in Scripture were always to an obedient people, to a repentant people, void of compromising His standards. When God finds those who will surrender to this end, this body will then be led, guided and protected to overcome all evils and to liberate the captives of these evils.
The idols that caused Israel’s judgments were in their hearts: “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.’” ( 2 Cor. 6:16; top )
“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.” ( Rev. 18:4; top )
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