"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
|I am a retired
pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
'If only all Christians would unite together and show love and unity, love of Christ and unity of the disciples, to the world, how marvelous that would be!' 'Can't we all just coexist in godly peace and harmony?' This is the prayer and fervent desire of many good, well meaning, loving Christians. But the love of Jesus Christ is somewhat different than this open-armed embrace of tolerance. Matthew 10 says: "34) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." God so loved the whole world, he sent his son to die for them. But the privilege to become Godís sons and daughters is reserved only for those who separate themselves from the unrighteous world. 2 Corinthians 6 says: "14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 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, 18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." So, God wants his people to stand for righteousness rather than for tolerance; he wants us to come out from among the crowd including worldly Christians and be separate Ė to walk with God rather than to walk with our friends, our church, or our denomination. "Luke 1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." The word of Jesus Christ says that we have to separate ourselves from love and unity of the world and to stand righteous and holy.
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