The Faith We Keep
"If any man willeth to do His will, He shall know of the teaching whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself" -- Jesus Christ
JESUS declared to the multitude that He claimed relationship only with those who "hear the Word of God and do it." In calling followers into discipleship He summoned them to a complete break with everything that was not in harmony with the life He lived.
Paul wrote the Corinthians plainly that there could be no fellowship between righteousness and unrighteousness, no communion between light and darkness. He commanded, "Come ye out from among them and be ye separate." No born-again child of God can possibly have fellowship with sinful men. It is true that Jesus mingled with "publicans and sinners," but always and only for the sake of bringing them the Glad Tidings. We likewise seek by all means to get the light of the world to every man; but not at the price of doing as they do.
A true disciple must be separate, not only from sinners, but also from disobedient "Christians." Paul writes to the Thessalonians, "We command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly..." An honest desire to befriend the souls of men must not be confused with friendship on a common plane with them.
Christ desires a "church without spot or wrinkle." We keep faith with Him by refusing to have fellowship with anything or anyone who deliberately transgresses the commandments of God.