Examples Of Ecclesiastical Separation

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Ecclesiastical separation is the decision by either a local Church or association of local Churches to not engage in a cooperative ministry endeavors at an organizational level that they deem inconsistent with the fundamental doctrinal position. It can come under the divisions of separation from the world, separation from false teachers, and separation from a disobedient member and has the goal of the Church staying united and Holy. Throughout the Old Testament there are examples of separation and the New Testament contains warnings and commands for separation as well. God is Holy and because of this, He requires that believers and local Churches be Holy. For instance, in Leviticus 11:45 it says “Speak to all the congregation of the people …show more content…
It does mean that a believer cannot have contact or has to avoid society. It means a recognition of the corrupt characteristics of the world and the avoidance of all the ungodly actions of the world. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this World, but be transformed by the renewal of the mind, that by the testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Also, believers are called to go into the world and make disciples as the Great commission states. This would not be done if a believer were to isolate themselves and avoid the world. It is important for a believer to be careful to not give Christian recognition to unsaved people or organization that do not promote Christ and Christian values. Also, separation from the world is for the purpose of avoiding the danger of contamination, staying close to God, and to provide a clear distinction between believers and non-believers. Believers are to avoid the corrupt and evil actions of the world, but go out and give the …show more content…
It is necessary for the Church to rebuke false teachers in order to deliver those who have fallen prey to it. The rebuke must be as strong as Christ and His Apostles. The false teacher is to be expelled from the Church and position of influence, Also, of the majority of the Church or institution is supporting the false the believer should withdraw from the group.2nd John 10-11 says “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.” Also, 1st John 4:1 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” It is important for the believer to remember that separation does not involve separation from ordinary hypocrites or the rejection of a novice who has been caught in false teaching, but is submissive to

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