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.
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1 Separation Itself Solves Nothing
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.
2 Separation Adjusts Leadership
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
Like I said at the beginning, leaving the denomination is the easy part. Following through with our beliefs about sin and about worship at the local church level is the hard part. I support leaving a denomination that is apostate, but I also feel the burden to strongly encourage us to leave well.
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.