As the children of Israel were getting ready to enter the land promised to them by God their Father, He gave explicit instructions to Moses for His nation regarding their interactions with the peoples around them.
50 Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho, saying, 51 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their molded images, and demolish all their high places; 53 you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess. 54 ‘And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance among your families; to the larger you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance; there everyone’s inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. 55 ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell. 56 ‘Moreover it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them.’” Numbers 33:50-56
In the same way the Lord God Almighty commands His church to separate from any who would corrupt her purity by introducing false doctrine and/or sinful practices. God our Father warns us about the corrupting influences that allowing sinful practice or false doctrine will have upon His blood bought bride.
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as thought I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote you in my epistle not to keep company with the sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not to even eat with such a person. 12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
In this passage Paul deals with the problem of sinning brothers, or so-called brethren. His command and remedy is to separate from those who abide in willful deliberate sinful behavior. He then gives examples that will be blatantly obvious, one such behavior being sexual immorality. As God’s holy bride called to live righteous and separated lives, we must separate from anyone who calls themselves a believer in Christ Jesus but practices unrepentant sexual immorality, which includes homosexuality. Do not be deceived brethren, those who are living in homosexual sin and call themselves “Christian” desire to see the church remade into their image, an image of corrupt debauchery and evil. As God’s dearly beloved children we must separate from them and from those who have or are inclined to accept their perverted behavior as normal. God’s holy and perfect bride must be separate from these corrupting influences.
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. 7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:1-18
In this passage Paul is warning the Galatians that accepting a works centered faith results in bondage and a fall from grace. The Judaizers were replacing the gospel of our salvation, that Christ died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected from the dead for our justification, with a works centered justification where those who desired salvation must be circumcised. Any doctrine that adds any kind of works to what Christ has done on our behalf is not the gospel and must be rejected. We must not entertain any doctrine that takes away from Christ’s perfect work of salvation on behalf of sinners who repent of their sin and put their faith in Him. So we see again that we are to separate ourselves from those who purport to be believers but by their sinful behavior or perverted demonic doctrines prove that they are either sinning brethren, and must be rejected, or they are unbelievers, and must be rejected. To be sure we should reprove the sinning brethren, but if they refuse to repent we must not keep company with them that they may be ashamed and repent.
13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:13-15
17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:17-20
The leadership within in the SBC, namely Al Mohler and Russell Moore, are flagrantly disobeying our Lord’s command to be separate from sinning brethren, and those who promote false doctrine. They both disobeyed separation from those who sin and are so-called brethren when they met with the LGBT lobby in Tennessee over a week ago. They both adopted language deemed appropriate by the homosexuals instead of favoring and repeating what the Bible says about homosexuality. Now Russell Moore and Rick Warren are scheduled to appear at the Vatican’s conference on marriage and family later this month and both are slated to speak. The Vatican embraces, endorses, and teaches a works based salvation. Again, leaders within the SBC are not rejecting those who teach contrary to the doctrine that we have received, thus causing divisions and offenses. My question is this: Where is the outrage throughout the evangelical church? Where are the godly leaders condemning this gross disobedience? If you are a genuine believer in Jesus Christ and are a member of the SBC or attend an SBC church, you should separate from this apostate worldly organization and find fellowship that is faithful to the Word of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The following is what God has to say about those who reject His truth and turn to worldly wisdom and godless fellowship.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31
The leadership of the SBC has capitulated to the sinners and liars of the world. Do they think that they will get away with it? God’s Word clearly declares that they will be held accountable. They must either repent or burn. We must be faithful to our Heavenly Father and our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and reject those who reject Jesus Christ. May we stand faithful for Him and His glory! To God be the glory!