I suppose I have heard talk of denominational separation ever since I was young, but recent events have caused a needed awareness and concern. After months of thinking about this matter, I have put together a short, encouraging blog post to help give you a vision and perspective beyond this important decision.
This short blog post is an encouragement to the members of such churches to hear the voice of God, and if need be, to fully embrace separation in a way that not only achieves legal separation but that also facilitates a spirit of local revival.
READERS WHO WILL FIND THIS VALUABLE:
- a member of my local church
- a member of a church separating from the denomination
- a member of another church considering separating from the denomination
#1. Separation itself solves nothing
As a church hearing the voice of God, we must stop having close fellowship with unrighteousness. We must separate from an organization that does not uphold the World of God, and become attached to Christ the Head of the church.
As a church hearing the voice of God and stopping fellowship with unrighteousness, we must pause and understand that separation itself will not purify the local church. We must be diligent to evaluate any sin and unrighteousness that may be present in our body and diligently strive to be pure as God intends His people to live.
As a church hearing the voice of God, stopping fellowship with unrighteousness, and pausing to understand our purity level, we must start taking action. We must allow the Holy Spirit to convict us and humbly confess our sins to God and to one another. We must repent of any sin in our local church and work in unity to encourage fellow brothers and sisters to daily seek the face of God.
#2. Separation adjusts leadership
As a church hearing the voice of God, we must stop submitting ourselves to an apostate authority which does not uphold the Word of God. We must come out from under this leadership hierarchy and position ourselves directly under Christ the Head of the church.
As a church hearing the voice of God and stopping submission to others, we must pause and consider if any other inappropriate forms of hierarchy have crept into our church and evaluate their positions. We must prayerfully evaluate any possible rank of believers in leadership or committees. We must cast aside any false structure or systems that are outside of God’s intent for the church.
As a church hearing the voice of God, stopping submission to others, and pausing to evaluate our ranks, we must start taking action. We must allow the Holy Spirit to use fathers who lead their wives and families well to organically take leadership of the local church, just like the “comprehensive leadership” the apostle Paul explains to us in I Timothy 3.
#3. Separation implies newness
As a church hearing the voice of God, we must stop living in the old ways of sin or of sinful people who have not surrendered their desires and positions to the lordship of Jesus Christ. We must not dwell in the darkness, but rather flee immorality.
As a church hearing the voice of God and stopping the old ways of sin, we must pause and ensure that every area of our lives is willingly surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus. We must willingly renounce Satan and all the sinful pleasures of this world.
As a church hearing the voice of God, stopping the old ways of sin, and pausing to ensure complete surrender, we must start taking action. We must allow the joyful abundant life flowing out of us by the Holy Spirit to be unbridled and free to move us according to the will of God. We must engage in humble testimonies and solemn worship to bless and stir revival in our families and our fellow brothers and sisters.
We must leave with an understanding that by taking such an unmovable stance at the denomination level requires an even greater and much more humble stance at the local church and immediate family level.
This is the challenge I leave with all of us as we endeavor to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life.