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Together with Unbelievers

May 3, 2019

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Together with Unbelievers

In the news recently  we can read about how some Christian churches are inviting Muslims  in their community  to use their church facilities  for various reasons.     They will cite  that it is our Christian duty  to allow our Muslim neighbors  to use our churches  for their Muslim worship services  because it is a way of extending hospitality,  being neighborly,  learning to develop new relationships,  and being helpful when needed.     At least  this is their stance  when other churches object  to their being overly politically correct.

There are other ways  that Christians can show Christian love,  by simply living an honestly true Christian life.     But,  inviting them  to worship their god  in a Christian church  is specifically against God’s word.     The Old Testament is filled with examples  of how the Israelites allowed idol worship  to take place  in God’s Temple.     In spite of many warnings  against following any heathen practices,  the Israelites chose  to disobey the Lord.     That is exactly why the LORD caused  their enemies  to slaughter them,  capture them,  and drag them off into captivity.     Many years of exile was their punishment  for allowing idols  in God’s Temple,  for intermarrying  with heathens,  and for worshiping idols.

The New Testament Christians faced the very same kinds  of challenges.     They believed  in Jesus as our Savior,  but their heathen neighbors  had been their good friends  for years.     They probably thought of them as decent people,  so they felt it was okay  to be married  to an unbeliever  and that things would somehow work out  in the end.     But,  Paul tells them differently.     In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18,  Paul writes,

Do not be bound together  with unbelievers;  for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness,  or what fellowship has light  with darkness?     Or what harmony has Christ  with Belial,  or what has a believer  in common with an unbeliever?     Or what agreement has the temple of God  with idols?     For we are the temple  of the living  God;  just as God said,

“I will dwell  in them and walk among them;  and I will be their God,  and they shall be My people.     Therefore,  come out from their midst  and be separate,”  says the Lord.     “And do not touch  what is unclean;  and I will welcome you.     And I will be a Father  to you,  and you shall be sons and daughters  to Me,”  says the LORD Almighty.

God’s truths  do not change.     Since the beginning,  the Lord has told His children  to be separate  from the heathens.     Yes,  we live amongst them  and we visit  and help them  in normal neighborly ways.     But,  we do not intermarry  or allow their idol worship  in God’s house.     To do so is to make ourselves unclean  in God’s sight  and to rebel against God’s specific command  to “be separate”.    

If we have any respect  for the love and salvation  God has shown us  in Jesus Christ — if we seriously want  to be the  “sons and daughters”  of the LORD — if we want  to be  “the temple  of the living God” — then we must remain separate  from all unbelievers  in a Godly way.     1 Peter 1:16 reminds us  of Leviticus 19:2,  when God says,  “You shall be holy,  for I am holy.”     Because we are the saved children  of God Almighty,  we have an obligation  to honor the Lord  for coming down to us  to live in us  and make us  “the temple of the living God”.

If we choose  to pollute our bodies  and our places of worship,  we are purposely rebelling  against God’s warnings,  and are challenging the Lord  to discipline us  just as He disciplined the Israelites  years ago.     We don’t have a legitimate reason  to rebel  against this command  from our heavenly Father.

As we meditate  on how greatly God has loved us  in Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Savior,  in holiness You redeemed and justified us  in God’s sight.     Strengthen us  to always hold the gift  of Your salvation  as our most precious possession,  so that we may rightly respect Your love  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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