Separation

Separation from the world is essential to Christian holiness. Yet true separation-holiness is defined by the the Holy One. Separation that does not flow from the Spirit of God through the Scriptures is not separation from the world at all. It is worldly separation, separation defined by religious tradition. And religious tradition is the worst sort of worldliness in the world.

The call to “come out from among her and be separate” is a call to come out of manmade-religion, whether pagan idolatry, Judaistic legalism or modern Christian tradition. Are you willing to be separate from the world? Then you must start by being willing to be separate from your religion. 

Are you willing to come out and follow Jesus? 

Published by Steve Pixler

Steve Pixler is lead pastor of Freedom Life Church in Mansfield, TX. Steve lives in Mansfield with his wife, Jeana, and their six children.

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  1. Can you please explain that a little more thoroughly? I am confused. The church we are attending lost our Pastor 8 months ago. It is in utter turmoil right now as we have not been able to get or agree on a new Pastor yet. It has caused a split and a lot of hurt and tears.
    We are considering possibly relocating back down south. So weighing some options and interested in what u r doing. So please explain. Thank you!

    1. Kristy, believe me I know how hard it is to go through something like that. Yes, heartbreaking, and yes many tears. But what I’ve learned is God will put you where he wants you. He might be calling you to different place. Trust him. Pray about it. Come visit. We would love to meet you and your family!

    2. Kristy,

      Please do not take this too harshly, but if one man leaves, what does that say for the spiritual health of this Church? Who exactly are we supposed to be living for, the pastor, or the Creator? I can only think that maybe this was a divine intervention for people to start looking around and ask themselves that very same question.

      I will say that Pastor Steve is doing great things in his church. I recently visited his church and the atmosphere was God-filled. You could feel the love people actually had for one another. When I left, which was about 2 hours after service, there were still dozens of people “hanging out” and fellowshipping. To me, this is the very fruit that every church should strive for.

  2. This includes your dress. Ladies wearing skirts and dresses is still important. No make up and jewelry is still important.

  3. Separation is more than just “being different”; it is a whole transformation. Your thoughts, emotions, actions and beliefs are different. You show the fruit of the Spirit, and your life can be seen in contrast to what you once were, as well as those who are not filled with the Spirit. Look for Biblical separation, not the type that man has setup with interpretive opinions on how they think you should live. Prayer is essential to getting on the right path with God, after-all as Steve said, “true separation-holiness is defined by the Holy One”.

  4. I believe you are very right. We have to come out of a Pharisee mindset to find out what our true convictions should be. I’ve had God speak to me about some things, but other things he hasn’t. Man made rules should never undermine God’s word. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for holding the traditions of men over the commandments of God. We need to be careful, especially if we are called to the ministry that we don’t do exactly what they did. Jesus said that except your righteousness exceed the Pharisees, you will in no wise enter the kingdom of God. Now for the big question, where does our righteousness stem from?

    1. Very true Sonya. You pointed out one of the most misunderstood statements Jesus made. It is often read that “oh my gosh, the Pharisees were the most righteous people of their time; how can I measure up?”. However, we know that they were not truly righteous. If we are in Christ, we are righteous because He made us righteous. There is no amount of rules or regulations that will measure up to the righteousness that Jesus offers to us. We were purchased by His blood, buried with Him in baptism, and rise in newness of life with Him. The question is, do we trust His sacrifice enough, or are we still trying to do it by earning it with good works and strict adherence to rules? It all comes down to faith. Those who have little faith attempt to earn. If we have the Holy Ghost, then He will lead us, guide us, and turn us into what He wants…not what some group of over-controlling misguided people like the pharisees want.

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