Chapter One Of The Main Reasons For Separation

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Chapter One: Main Reasons for Separation

Dr. Hyles makes clear in this chapter that God created us and wants us to live a separated life. He states man was created for God, in order for the Great God to have a certain object on which to bestow his infinite love. The reason God wants us to be separate is because God is a jealous God and wants us to fellowship with him. We should understand that since we are just the ones created we should not expect or desire praise, God has created us and he is the only one who deserves praise. God gives us things to make us happy, but is jealous if those things pull us away from him. Dr. Hyles states "If God doesn't have all of us, He is jealous of what takes away from Himself" Over and over Dr. Hyles
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Hyles deals with hanging around people who hang around with the wrong crowd. He uses James 1:14-15, which makes clear that we should not place ourselves in a place of temptation. If we hang around with people who aren't necessarily bad, but are not really good, they may tempt us to sin. He says if we want to avoid sin we should avoid the temptation to sin. As the saying goes "the only thing you get from straddling a fence is sore britches," so if we want to push what is right, and hang with not so good influences we will, more than likely, fall into sin. Dr. Hyles tells a story of a girl who was so distraught because she thought she had sinned greatly because she held a boys hand. Dr. Hyles says that we should be like this girl; so far away from doing wrong that as small a thing as holding a member of the opposite gender’s hand, while not married, would be considered a horrific sin. He makes it clear that we should not try to push the envelope. We should try to live a separated life and stay as far away from the world as possible. Instead of asking is it wrong we should avoid anything that could be questionable. The safest thing to do is stay away from things of the world and stay close to …show more content…
Hyles deals with separating ourselves from good Christians. Not bad Christians, not those who would pull us away from God, not those who hang with the wrong crowd, but the ones who are good pastors, good laymen and servants. The purpose is that when good people spend too much time fellowshipping the conversation can deteriorate, and be harmful to the subject. He mentions the story of a pastor who had to resign from his Church. While he was there the new pastor tried to tell Dr. Hyles the sad, sad story. Dr. Hyles immediately cut him off, saying it was none of his business what had happened and he didn't want to hear it. He emphasizes that if someone has done wrong he doesn’t want to hear it because he doesn't want to hear about it, because it would just make Dr. Hyles think bad about that person. Just as Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there is a time for everything, so Dr. Hyles says that we should be appropriate in our humor. We should not dwell only on the humor, and there is a time for joking and there is a time to be serious. We should not spend long amounts of time on the phone in just idle talk there should be a purpose to the conversation. It is definitely not wrong for humorous light talk, but it should not be the only thing we ever talk

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