Separation precedes unity
By Ivan Ho 30 Jan 2017
God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:17-18 NKJV
The “all-loving, all-embracing, non-discriminating” ideologies of some pastors and leaders are totally without Biblical base and very damaging to the churches/ people groups who are under their leadership.
Right from the beginning, God separated light from darkness. Then He separated the nation of Israel from its idol worshipping foreign nations. God commanded His people not to intermarry with foreign nations who don’t share their God given values.
Jesus taught about separating wheat from the tares, separating the sheep from the goats.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:31-34 NKJV
Separation is essential in maintaining law and order. Before real unity of faith can be realised, separation is inevitable. Kissing the pope’s feet does not bring about unity, kissing the Son does!
We cannot join the unjoinable. Before one joins with another, he or she needs to find out who and what they are joining into. “Two cannot walk together unless they agree”.
When there is separation, people have to decide which camp to join, which team they belong. Without separation, people are confused, unsure of what they have been separated from when they joined the family of God because the church they join are not much different from the world.
There can be no unity of faith without first separation from the faithlessness.
Separation does not mean the church becomes irrelevant to the community they serve, nor does it mean the people of God living like monks and being removed from the society. Not at all, separation only signals to the world that the church is the shining light out of darkness, and many people are attracted to the light.
We are in the world but not of the world.
The sad thing is: some leaders bring all kinds of creatures into their churches, including the wolves and the snakes, some out of a “good heart”, at the expense of the sheep. By contrast, Jesus taught about building fences around the sheep to guard them against the wolves and the thieves. The idiotic leaders remove these barriers in the name of “love”. All kinds of creatures blend into their so called churches and before long, their sheep are devoured by the wolves.
Without separation, there will only be confusion and chaos. Without separation, there is no government, no protection and no identity. That is exactly what the devil tries to bring to the world and to the churches.
If you are reading this and disagree, we may still be friends, but I will not join your camp!
Jesus is in the business of transferring people from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. There is separation of two contrasting, totally opposite kingdoms: the kingdom of darkness whose ruler is satan and the kingdom of light whose king is Jesus Christ!
Not all religions are the same and each person must decide which kingdom they belong.
By God’s grace, those of us who used to belong to the kingdom of darkness had been conveyed to the kingdom of light!
That means separation, not amalgamation! Sadly, some misguided leaders are in the business of merging and amalgamation, not in the business of taking dominion.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV