Be Ye Holy
Chapter 1: Holiness
– The Foundation of Separation
of the most critical parts of any building project is the
construction of the foundation. It must be square and solid
and placed upon soil that can sustain it. When I was in
my first pastorate, we built a new auditorium. The contractor
came to dig the basement and pour the footings. He followed
the blueprints exactly as they had been drawn as he staked
out the building, dug the hole, and began to place the forms
for the footers. As he proceeded, he sensed that something
was not right. The building appeared to be narrower at one
end than at the other. He checked the blueprints and discovered
that the engineer who drew them had made a mistake: his
design had the building one foot too narrow on one end.
He made the correction and the construction job went on
successfully. Had he not noticed that mistake, we would
have had a lot of grief to correct it after the concrete
had been poured. We might have ended up with a funny looking
Baptist church building! My dad spent his life as a structural
iron worker. He used to say that architects never
make mistakes, they just make changes!
chapter is as important to this book as the foundation is
to a building. The practice of separation must rest on a
solid biblical foundation. The thesis of this book is that
the holiness of God is the foundation of all separation,
whether personal or ecclesiastical.
demonstrates a natural relationship between holiness and
separation. That means that when men imitate God's holiness
they forsake, or separate from, thoughts and actions which
are sinful and contrary to God's holiness. A survey of the
biblical teaching on holiness shows that holiness demands
separation from unbelief and sin. One could say separation
flows from, or is the natural result of, the Bible's teaching
on holiness. This relationship between holiness and separation
will be demonstrated in succeeding chapters.
understand another more basic fact when we deal with separation.
Separation not only results in holiness but also is an integral
part of holiness. Separation is the natural outgrowth
of holiness because it is a part of the essential concept
of holiness. One cannot stress the idea of holiness as it
is taught in the Bible without stressing the concept of
separation as well. The philosophy and practice of separation
have a biblical, theological basis.
purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate that the idea
of separation is part of the very fabric of the doctrine
Be Ye Holy: The Call to Christian Separation. By Fred Moritz. ©1994.
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