on the Sand?
by David O.
Fundamentalists Mean by the Term Separation or
term biblical fellowship is the positive side of
the separation coin. Fundamentalists believe that the Scriptures
clearly teach certain criteria for true Christian fellowship.
Criteria for Fellowship
believe that the scriptural bases for fellowship are genuine
belief in and consistent obedience to Christ and the Bible.
They regard the doctrine of biblical fellowship as fundamental.
It is inherently part of the scriptural doctrine of God's
absolute holiness—separation (sanctification) from the world,
from false religion, and from every practice of disobedience
to God's Word. Key Bible passages teaching separation from
the world include I John 2:15-17, II Corinthians 6:15-7:1,
and James 4:4. Key passages teaching separation from false
teachers include Galatians 1:8-9, II John 9-11, and I Timothy
6:20-21. Key passages teaching separation from disobedient
Christians include I Corinthians 5:1-13, II Thessalonians
3:6, 14-15, and Matthew 18:15-18.
Attitude Toward Disobedient Brethren
is a basic difference between separation from religious
apostates and separation from erring Christian brethren:
separation from a brother is not irrevocable. Separation
from a Christian brother should never be a total rejection
which allows no place for repentance. Allowance should be
made for ignorance, errors of judgment, and momentary weakness.
Nevertheless, when Christian leaders begin to steer God's
people into disobedience and compromise, they must be scripturally
rebuked and their error exposed. This principle of rebuke
and correction is often illustrated in the Bible: Leviticus
19:17; Joshua 22:11-20; Proverbs 25:12; Ezra 9-10; Nehemiah
13:13-29; Matthew 18:15-18; I Corinthians 5:1-13; II Thessalonians
3:6, 14-15; Titus 3:9-10; and in many other passages.
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