2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
We live in a time where the church imitates the world instead of the other way around. When the world comes out with a new fad, more than likely it will wind up in the church. Much of this “imitation” is under the guise of breaking away from legalism and traditions. Legalism, in and of itself, is wrong. Traditions can be unnecessary and useless. By the same token, adopting the habits of the world is displeasing to God. Paul was warning the believers in Corinth of the dangers that comes with being yoked with their unbelieving neighbors. They needed to disengage themselves from the sinful practices of the world around them. To be committed to Christ is to be separate from the world. Revelation 18:3-5 says “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Church of Jesus Christ, come out of the sinful habits and practices of the world so that you will not be a partaker of her sins. Separate yourself spiritually and physically, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
There is a world out there that is watching you, body of Christ! If we look like they do, then why do they need to change anything to come and be a part of the body? We cannot spread the gospel if we are hurting our witness. It must be strong. It must be separate from the world. It must be holy. 1 Peter 1:16 says “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44 says ” ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy:..” God is serious about holiness, so much so that He had so send the only One Who could redeem us down to the earth to die for our sins. No one else had salvation in their blood. No one else could pay the price that would satisfy God’s anger at sin.
Church of Jesus Christ: you are called to be different! I know this is the 21st century and all…I know that everything holy is traditional and antequated and you want no part of it, but I promise you this: God is serious about holiness. Judgment will begin in the church, and if I were you, I would be ready for Him to come at any moment. You are much better prepared for Him if you are living holy.