2 Corinthians 6:14-17
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of YHVH with idols? For ye are the temple of the living YHVH; as YHVH hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their YHVH, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Brothers and Sisters, we are called to greater things than those of this world when we are in Messiah Yeshua. Remember, we are not meant to judge the heathen, those who are not in the fold with us; but we are absolutely meant to righteously judge one another, our brothers and sisters in the faith (1 Cor. 5:12). We are called as disciples to edify and build up the body with love. Often this means correction (Proverbs 12:1) standing up for truth, and asking the hard questions. As those who follow after Messiah, we are held accountable for learning and abiding in sound doctrine (1 Tim 4:6, 2 Tim. 1:13, Proverbs 4:2, Luke 1:4, Acts 2:42, Titus 2;1-10, John 7;16-17) so that we can truly abide in Christ and hear His voice correctly. In fact, Yeshua’s words to us are simple and clear; He says that IF we are truly abiding in His word, then no one can snatch us from Him (John 10;27-28). However, He also tells us that if we do not truly abide in Him, that we will fall into all sorts of evil and wickedness (Ephesians 4).
Galatians 5;19-21 tells us what the works of the flesh are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness.
Notice that heresy is named among them. Family, in these last days, this is so important because the nature of heresy in itself is that the one involved in it often thinks it is truth. Wise as serpents and yet harmless as doves, lovelies. We must abide truly in Messiah (and with a surrendered heart) so that we will recognize the enemy’s lies!
Did you know that wheat and tares look identical until they have matured? How can we tell them apart? The wheat, upon maturity bows it’s head while the tares remain tall and proud, refusing to bow. We are growing together for a purpose, to be sure, but we are to be “wheat”, separate from “tares” in every way- not even eating with them (1 Cor. 5;7-11). Understand that if we are found to be of one fellowship with those who do not hold to sound doctrine (the tares) then we are thrown into the fire right along with them.
Use discernment. Speak the truth in love. Accept no substitute.
2 John 1:9
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.
(Please note that this photo is not mine, but is a free stock photo.)