A Time to Separate

Michael Beck

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)

There is one church. The ministry of the church is for the “perfecting of the saints.” We have one hope of our calling, and that is to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. Each member of the body is a work in progress. We are to endeavor to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” until “we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:3,13)

There is a great difference between the imperfect and the false. We are to bear with the imperfect. We are not to bear with the false. The Lord did not expect the Ephesians to tolerate imposters. False teachers and apostles were to be called out and shunned. Although they were still imperfect in their love for Him, Jesus later commended the Ephesian church for their disassociation with false ministry. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars” (Rev. 2:2)

There is a time to fight for peace, to hang in there. We all need to be shown patience while we are growing. But there should be no tolerance for hardened error and heresy. The church is to communicate God’s judgment upon that which takes His Name in vain. False prophets and teachers claim to speak for God. They lead the simple astray. To be a part of any group that promotes what is contrary to sound doctrine is to be a partaker of their evil deeds.

Like never before, the wrath of God is about to be revealed upon this world that will not receive a love of the truth. Judgment must first begin at the house of God. Every body of believers still has a long way to go in learning conformity to their Lord. Thank God for His patience and longsuffering toward us. But that should not hinder us from contending for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. He expects us to try those who presume to speak for Him, but are liars.

There is a time for unity, and a time for separation.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.