Be Ye Holy
Chapter 5: The Spirit of the Separatist
Zeal for Souls
third part of the separatist's spirit should be a zeal to
see people saved and a resulting consistency in evangelistic
effort. This study has already identified passages in I
Peter 2:9; II Corinthians 6:1-2; 6:14-7:1; and John 17:17-20
where evangelism and separation are linked. There is at
least one other passage like it in Jude. After the exhortation
to "earnestly contend for the faith" (v. 3) and
the exposure to the apostates, Jude exhorts his readers,
"And others save with fear, pulling them out of the
fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh"
(Jude 23). Evangelism and separation are inseparably joined
in Scripture. The separatist must remember that separation
is not an end in itself but a God-appointed means of proclaiming
the gospel. Separation without evangelism is sterile, and
the separatist has a God-given responsibility to consistently
work for the salvation of souls around the world.
Bible teaches the separatist that he must maintain his love
relationship with his God. Jude's command is explicit: "But
ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of
God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
eternal life" (Jude 20-21).
verses contain the command to "keep yourselves in the
love of God." A warm-hearted relationship with the
Lord must be perpetually preserved by the believer. This
command is given to those who are to be the contenders for
the Faith. Separatists must be spiritual Christians who
walk with God. It is especially important to note that the
loss of this love relationship is a clear and present danger
to the separatist. The church at Ephesus was a separatist
church which exposed false apostles, but Christ rebuked
it, saying, "Thou hast left thy first love" (Rev.
2:4). The separatist needs to remember to preserve his place
of communion with God, and he needs to fear leaving that
not only gives instruction to "keep yourselves in the
love of God" (Jude 21), but He also teaches the Christian
how to do it. The passage contains three participial phrases
that modify the imperative: "building yourselves
up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, . . . looking
for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life"
(Jude 20-21). The believer is to contend for the revealed
faith, and he is to build himself up in that faith. The
Word of God is that revealed faith which builds men (Acts
20:32). The Christian is also to pray and look for the return
of Christ. By these three actions the believer keeps himself
in the love of God.
Be Ye Holy: The Call to Christian Separation. By Fred Moritz. ©1994.
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