“Be Separate!” 1884
The spirit of the world is eating out the very heart and life of true godliness!
In the matter of friendships, of recreations, of converse in social life–the Christian needs to be very watchful, if he would follow the Savior.
Christians should be very careful as to the scenes of recreation which they frequent. As we find them at the present day, the Theater, the Ball-room, and the Race-course–are hot-beds of evil and ungodliness! They are most injurious to the cultivation of pure and undefiled religion. To my mind they are perilous in the extreme, and are calculated to quench every good and holy purpose and desire in the soul.
Let the love of Christ be supreme! Let no lower motive satisfy you. “I see no harm in this or that,” say many. But can you do it in the love of Christ? Are you living for self–or for Him?
Are you pleasing the world–or pleasing the Master? Are you so acting, that with a good conscience you can ask Him to go with you and bless and prosper you in all you do?
Do not I love Thee, O my Lord?
Behold my heart and see;
And cast each hated idol down
That dares to rival Thee!
“Do not be conformed to this world.” Romans 12:2
Do not follow its evil customs. Do not receive its unscriptural teachings. Do not court its favor, love its praises, or dread its frowns.
Whatever chains you down to earth, and keeps you on the same level with the children of this world–this, whatever it may be, is most assuredly your deadliest enemy. “Don’t you know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?”
For what are you to live? For self-advancement? For your own ease and comfort? For laying up a store of wealth for your children when you have passed away? Or is it to spend every day of your life, and to order your affairs so as to glorify Christ, and lay out all that He has given you, as He would have you?
Walk more closely with God day by day. Seek to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. Strive to be more like your Savior in your whole spirit and conduct.
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18