Have Faith Ministries

Separation from Worldliness and Sin

We teach that every Christian has the responsibility to be separated from worldly and sinful practices. Most Christians can quote what God has said "Be holy, for I am holy," but many Christians do not practically believe this by the way they live. Christian families and churches that name the name of Christ have allowed so many worldly and ungodly influences into their lives and churches. So many that call themselves Christians act and live more worldly than godly. 1 Peter 1: 14-16, tells us that we should live "as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." It's true that we have been saved by the God of Grace, but it is also true that we have been saved by a God of Infinite Holiness and He desires that His children are more and more like Him in Character and less and less like the world. Note Peter wrote "as obedient children...be holy." To not keep yourself from sin and worldliness is disobedience towards God. To many behind the pulpits have been crying out "Christian Liberty" and not crying out "only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh" Gal. 5:13). The term "Christian Liberty" has been perverted and distorted from it's biblical context by a great number of pastors and teachers of our day. Yes, we have liberty! Freedom to serve God. Freedom from the former bondage and power of sin. However, God never intended and never teaches us in His word that Christian liberty is a license to live an ungodly lifestyle with no restrictions. Romans 12:1-2 reminds us of this truth "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Personal separation from worldliness and sin will become quite obvious to the unbelieving world and to other Christians. That in itself is a witness to the character of the God you serve and a witness to the power of God that operates in you, giving you the ability to withdraw from sinful temptations. Rom. 12:1 & 2 makes it clear that each believer has the responsibility to present themselves to God "holy", set apart for God's purpose and glory. God has saved us for His purpose. Sure we benefit for all eternity, but ultimately, our salvation is all about His glory. That process of bringing glory to God begins the moment you're saved. Paul said in 1Cor. 6:13 "Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body." Also in 1 Cor. 6:19-20 "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." God's Word is quite clear as to our responsibility to keep ourselves from sin and walk holy before the Lord. We are God's possession for His glory! All believers should walk according to God's clear desire, that we would glorify God in every aspect of our lives. Practically, that means Fleeing from sin and lust. 1 John 2:15-17 teaches us "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world." The world and the Devil know just how to tempt the saints with lustful and prideful activities. Sadly, many who name the name of Christ have taken the Devil's bait and do not realize they're in the trap of a sinful and worldly lifestyle. The following verse should be memorized and applied to our lives as believers in Jesus Christ: 1Thes. 5:22 " Abstain from every form of evil." 1Pet. 2:11 " Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul." Rom. 6:6 "that we should no longer be slaves of sin." Rom. 6:12 & 13 "do not let sin reign in your mortal body...do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin." One might be asking, "How do I know what is sinful and what is not? How do I find out what to separate from?" First, 2Timothy 3:16 & 17 teaches us that " All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." We need to be reading God's word and hearing sound messages from God's word. When we have our hearts and minds saturated with God's word the Holy Spirit will use this to remind us and convict us of what is holy and unholy, godly and ungodly. The psalmist said, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." So, first, be in God's word regularly. Second, you need to have godly guidance by a pastor that stands firm on God's Word as being the Absolute Authority for faith and practice. If your leader is not standing firm and being separated from the sins and evils of this world, it's unlikely that his congregation will. If you have questions about where your church stands on these issues and you believe it may not be a solid stand on God's Word see "Firm Foundations or Weak Pillars?"
Let us all be reminded that separation is a daily battle. The personal war against ungodliness and sin in our lives is not complete until the Lord takes us home. So each and every day we need to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Comments and questions can be forwarded to Pastor Terry Aaron: Pastor@Have-Faith.org

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