“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:14-18)
Christians are commanded to live separated lives unto the Lord. We are to be separate from the world; but we are also commanded to be separate from all those in spiritual darkness, infidels, idolaters, etc. – even when they profess to be Christians. For their profession is a false one. We must not worship with them, fellowship spiritually with them, or work with them in spiritual matters. This means we are to separate from all false religion, including all false churches.
How clear the commandment of v.17 is! “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”. We are to come out from among the ungodly and the unrighteous; to separate from all such people in our worship and in our service for the Lord. We are not to touch that which is unclean in God’s sight. This is the will of the Lord! It is never His will for us to be in spiritual fellowship with those still dead in their sins. Light and darkness do not mix! Children of the light are forbidden from entering into spiritual communion with children of darkness.
This is not optional – it is a divine commandment. True Christians are to separate from all followers of false religion, including those who merely claim to be Christians, but are not. In this article we will be focusing on false Christians and false churches
False churches abound in our day, as never before. But they have been around since the first century AD. In our English Bible the word “church” is used where the Greek word has the meaning of “assembly” or “congregation”. Thus there are false assemblies, false congregations, just as there are true assemblies of Christ.
Rev. 2:9 says, “I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” In the symbolical language of Revelation here, “Jews” means Christians – inward or spiritual Jews according to Rom. 2:28,29 – and therefore we know that “synagogue”, as used in this verse, means church. Even in the first century there were false professing Christians – “them which say they are Jews, and are not” – who formed “the synagogue” (or the church) of Satan. Satan had his churches even then, and he has them still. The devil has always had his counterfeits.