The Duty of Separation

by Arthur W. Pink

In view of the appalling conditions now existing in almost all of the “churches” what is the duty of the real child of God? Are you willing for Scripture to answer that question, my reader? If so, none need remain in any doubt as to the Divine will in the matter. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exod. 23:2). “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph. 5:11). “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Cor. 6:14)...

We do not say that it is the duty of every Christian to “come out”, for we are not personally acquainted with every “church”. Yet this we do say, if there are any “churches” which are scriptural in their membership, in their maintenance of discipline, in their preaching, and in all that concerns their public services, we do not know where to find them. We have travelled completely around the world, and ministered the Word in many places but there is no church known to us where we could hold membership. But if you are a member of a church where Scripture is followed in all its arrangements, and its pastor and officers are God-fearing men and honour him by their daily walk, then praise him with all your heart, and do everything in your power to strengthen their hands. This article is not intended as an attack upon the true servants of God. Nor is it designed as a brief for those known as the “Plymouth Brethren”.

One may sit under what is termed a “sound” ministry, and through no fault of his own, derive no benefit from the same. There is a “dead orthodoxy” now widely prevalent, where the truth is preached, yet in an unctionless manner, and if there be no life in the pulpit there is not likely to be much in the pew. Unless the message comes fresh from God, issues warmly and earnestly from the preacher’s heart, and is delivered in the power of the Holy Spirit, it will neither reach the heart of the hearer nor minister that which will cause him to grow in grace. There is many a place in Christendom where a living, refreshing, soul-edifying ministry once obtained, but the Spirit of God was grieved and quenched, and a visit there is like entering a morgue: everything is cold, cheerless, lifeless. The officers and members seem petrified, and to attend such services is to be chilled and become partaker of that deadening influence. A ministry which does not lift the soul Godwards, produce joy in the Lord, and stimulate to grateful obedience, casts the soul down and soon brings it into the slough of despond.

Only the Day to come will reveal how many a babe in Christ had his growth arrested through sitting under a ministry which supplied him not with the sincere milk of the Word.

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(The necessity of remaining seperate from false and unsound churches, even if the only alternative is to stay at home and read God's word.)
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Gud bor inte i tempel som är gjorda med händer. Apg. 7:48, 17:24. 

The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. Psalm 121:5.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: John 16:3.


En sista väckelse innan Jesus kommer

 Vad som behövs nu är en väckelse, starkare än någon tidigare väckelse, så att allt Guds folk kommer loss från det stora Babylon. Sanningen om Guds församling måste bli förkunnad så att hela Guds församling blir upprättad och uppbyggd enligt Guds ords mönsterbild.

  Lägg märke till att Herren befaller sitt folk att vedergälla den stora skökan för vad hon har gjort. Ge henne dubbelt igen för hennes gärningar... Så mycken ära och vällust som hon har berett sig, så mycken pina och sorg må ni bereda henne... Upp. 18:6-7.

  Den kamp vi har att utkämpa är en kamp inte mot kött och blod, utan mot furstar och väldigheter och världshärskare, som råda här i mörkret, mot ondskans andemakter i himlarymderna. Ef. 6:10-18.

  Det är genom församlingen som Gud ska besegra dessa makter. "Ty Gud ville att hans mångfaldiga visdom nu, i och genom församlingen, skulle bli kunnig för furstarna och väldigheterna i den himmelska världen. Sådant hade hans beslut varit från tidsåldrarnas begynnelse, det som han utförde i Kristus Jesus, vår Herre." Ef. 3:10-11.

  Den levande Gudens församling är sanningens stödjepelare och grundfäste. 1 Tim. 3:15.