In many churches today, the distinction between holiness and worldliness has been severely blurred. We have become so invaded by the spirit of this world that our spiritual discernment has been pretty much disabled. Friends, many times completely unaware of it, have influenced us to “go with the flow.” The media, in its various forms has turned out content that, not too many years ago, would have been considered pornography. Too many churches of today have lost sight of the teaching of separation. The possibility of separation has been seriously abandoned for fear of what we call “legalism.” Holiness of heart, mind and life has been little proclaimed in a host of Laodicean pulpits of our day. The result is that not a few Christians have become contaminated with the spiritual virus of compromise and have even excused it, as not wanting to be considered extreme. We are vaguely aware of a lack of spiritual zeal in many lives, often including our own, but we lethargically avoid the cure. What is the cure? God has given us His prescription in II Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate (set apart to God and from the world; dedicated), and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Taking this prescription will overcome the contaminating spiritual virus and restore our stamina to live Godly. C. Albert Tindley in the hymn, “Nothing Between” says it well, “Nothing between, like worldly pleasure, habits of life though harmless they seem, must not my heart from Him e’er sever, He is my all; there’s nothing between. Nothing between my soul and the Savior, so that His blessed face may be seen; nothing preventing the least of His favor, keep the way clear! Let nothing between.” Selah! If our lifestyle is only a somewhat more sanitized version of the world’s behavior, we offer no good reason for them to change.  Ron

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