COME OUT FROM THEM AND BE SEPARATE
INTRO: In Luke 18, Jesus asks, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” There are waves of popular sentiment saying there will be a great revival. The problem with these waves is that they are not from the Word of God. This earth is going to be destroyed, just like the garden of Eden. But before this happens, deception will be great.
I. Stay in the Word to avoid deception.
> We need to read our Bible in order to know what it says so we will not be deceived.
- One of the big warnings in the Bible is: Don’t be deceived.
- Jesus and Paul both warned us about deception.
- Even as believers we can be deceived.
- The thing about deception is that we don’t believe we are deceived.
II. We have everything we need to live a godly life.
> We have enough in the Bible that we will never need a new word.
- We can have a tendency to seek a “new word” through prophecy that is more exciting.
- There will be many lying signs and wonders done in the name of Jesus in the last days to titillate us, to excite us, to deceive us.
III. Come out from among them (2 Corinthians 6:17).
> What is meant by being separate?
- Come out from them; come out from the system of this world.
- This is a command, not a suggestion.
- When Jesus commands, there is a good reason for it.
- He wants to save our soul.
- It’s not about keeping us from having fun.
- We are not to function as the world.
- We should be diametrically opposed to the pleasures of this world.
- Even legitimate pleasures used wrongfully are bad.
> God hates sin and the sin of worldly living.
- We are the corporate body of the Holy Spirit; we are His temple corporately and individually.
- There is to be a great witness coming from the Body of Christ.
- We are to be someone people come to when they have problems because of who we are in Christ.
- Are we different from our unsaved friends and relatives or are we the same?
- If we are hated by the world for our witness, it is because the world hated Jesus first (John 15:18-19).
- But don’t be hated for being religious or self-righteous.
- We are to follow the example of Jesus.
- Don’t love the world or anything in the world (1 John 2:15-16).
- The puppet-masters are good at manipulating us to want what the world offers.
- I want what my neighbors have; I want it to be bigger; I want it now!
- The pride of life is wanting power and recognition and control over people.
- This is the world.
- The spiritual war today wants to destroy the Christian foundation of our country.
- It is against God and Christians.
IV. What is life according to the Scriptures?
> It is eternal life, hope, purpose, a reason for living, being made new.
- It is not money, our position, or the good life.
- We are connected to God.
- When we are saved, we have joy, we have peace, and a purpose for living.
- We are to represent Jesus, not ourselves.
- We determine to follow the Lord.
- When we give our lives to Christ, our priorities change.
- We will have everything we need, even if it is not all we want.
- We just need Jesus.
V. Choosing Freedom
> Freedom from what?
- Everyone is a slave to something.
- We can be a slave to sin, to the devil, or to addictions.
- We think about ourselves, talk about ourselves, live for ourselves.
- Our hope is here and now; we deserve the Cadillacs, the money, the good life.
- We may believe God owes us these things.
> When we get to the point of hating our sin, Jesus comes to save us.
- We need to experience hard things so that we want to change; so we see our need for God.
- God loves us.
- When we are in sin, we believe that someone as wicked as we are could not be loved by God.
- When we experience the love of God, we love Him back.
- We experience mercy, love, and grace.
- Paul called himself “a love slave.”
> Believers are free from the power of sin.
- But we don’t reach the point of never having to repent again.
- That is why we have a conscience.
- It is a good thing to have a conscience when we sin and need to repent.
VI. When we become saved, we want to be like Jesus.
> Everything changes when we become saved.
- We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are changed.
- We are set free from sin; set free to live for God and for His good will.
- We live here because we are to witness to the lost.
- We are to let the Jesus in us - out.
- Jesus came for people; He lived among the people.
- We are not to avoid people even if it is hard to relate to them.
> Do we believe that Jesus is the exclusive door to salvation?
- Some say we are all the same: we all believe the same, all ways lead to God.
- Jesus is the only way, but it is inclusive – all who come to Jesus and repent will be saved (John 14:6; Acts 2:21).
CONCLUSION: Jesus commanded us to come out from the world. Why not separate ourselves? To be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God. Jesus said to die to ourselves, to our rights. We are to give our rights to Jesus and not be concerned about our self-esteem. We are instructed to love others as we love our own self and to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. When we do, God changes us, and we need that change.