The Proverb in Num 23:10 shows us the importance of separation from apostasy. We are in this world, but we are not of this world. Most Christians do not understand separation. Your association with unbelievers, with businesses, with organizations with anything that is professional or non-professional should all be in the nature whereby your honor and integrity is intact and shows. You should influence them. They should never influence you. But if you are in the cosmic system, they will always influence you.
Deut 23:3, “No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the LORD, 4because they did not meet you with food and water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. 5“Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you. 6“You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.”
Doctrine of Separation
A. Definition and Description.
Separation is impossible apart from God’s power system, Matt 10:34‑38.
Separation is the application of metabolized doctrine as a function of the faithrest drill.
Separation is the technique of switching from personal love to Impersonal / Unconditional love when dealing with friends or loved ones in the cosmic system.
This involves both establishing the correct priorities of life and separation from distractions of your momentum.
Separation is the perception of doctrine by which one establishes his priorities in life, and the application of doctrine by which one disassociates himself with any hindrance to momentum from friends and loved ones.
Until you’ve established priorities, you cannot make a correct decision about separation.
Prov 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but a companion of fools shall become corrupted.”
Separation has two connotations.
1. Separation Unto God – perpetuating momentum inside God’s power system from metabolized doctrine coupled with personal love for God and Occupation with Christ.
2. Separation From should be applied to both believers and unbelievers who reside inside the cosmic system who seek to influence the believer to leave God’s power system.
Therefore, there must be separation from those loved ones residing in the cosmic system (but it does not have to be physical separation).
Separation from unbelievers inside the cosmic system is taught in 2 Cor 6:14‑17.
Separation from immoral degenerate believers inside the cosmic system is taught in 1 Cor 5:9-13.
Every time you hook up with something or someone in the cosmic system, you are in partnership with the cosmic system. This is why you are given the order: “therefore come out from among them.”
B. There are two categories of separation from people.
1. Mental Separation.
In mental separation, there is one-way antagonism from those in the cosmic system toward you.
Your volition protects you from becoming antagonistic toward them by your use of Impersonal / Unconditional love.
In the context of Matt 10:34‑38, certain loved ones or friends become involved in the cosmic system.
You have the alternatives to follow them or take up your cross (mental separation) and follow the Lord. Matt 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23
Their influence is so great on the believer that he is tempted by their love to join them in the cosmic system.
To avoid this negative influence, the believer can maintain his correct priorities by mental preparation and separation, switching from personal love to Impersonal / Unconditional love.
When Christ carried His cross He was separated from all of His companions and followers both mentally and physically. All had forsaken Him. Yet He still went to the cross for all. In addition, the final 3 hours that He hung upon the cross, while having our sins imputed to Him, He was separated from the Father. The Father could have nothing to do with sin so the Father had to separate from the sins in the humanity of Jesus Christ. Now that we have the perfect nature of God, we should separate ourselves from sin and the cosmic system in like kind.
Mental separation emphasizes the integrity, honor and doctrinal application of the believer residing inside God’s power system.
Impersonal / Unconditional love is not influenced by those loved ones who are residing in the cosmic system, who are reversionistic and antagonistic to doctrine.
Impersonal / Unconditional love functions on its own integrity and perpetuates its own priorities from the metabolization of doctrine.
Impersonal / Unconditional love emphasizes personal love for God, while setting aside the functions of personal love for friends or loved ones.
Impersonal / Unconditional love does not compromise the believer’s status inside God’s power system.
Mental separation, in contrast to physical separation, is therefore a separation which avoids maligning, judging, hating, criticizing, seeking revenge, hurting those with whom you’ve been intimate in the past.
Mental separation not only emphasizes integrity and honor, but perpetuates the Christian way of life inside God’s power system, and as a result avoids destruction of the spiritual life.
2. Physical Separation.
There are some cases where switching from personal love to Impersonal / Unconditional love will not work.
For example, getting false information in the local church. You must leave physically as well as under the principle of Impersonal / Unconditional love.
For example, when a woman is used as a punching bag by her husband, she should leave.
The most basic reason is to avoid the compromise of doctrine resident in the soul.
Physical separation means to avoid any personal contact with a person under any circumstances. You regard that person as dead.
This means severance of all relation with that person of any kind.
Physical separation is sometimes needed to maintain one’s priorities and to use your volition to remain inside God’s power system. When some form of tyranny says, “no you cannot go to church,” then physical separation is demanded.
C. The Function of Separation.
Separation is a function inside God’s power system. If you are in the cosmic system you are a part of it and outside God’s power system and therefore you can only separate from it through rebound. 1 John 1:5-10
True mental and physical separation is impossible without the filling of the Holy Spirit and the function of the application of metabolized doctrine.
All physical separation must be preceded by mental separation. No one can practice mental separation unless they are inside God’s power system. You cannot switch from personal love to Impersonal / Unconditional love while in the cosmic system.
2 Tim 3:5, “they [believers and unbelievers in the cosmic system] hold to external forms of godliness, but have renounced the power of that same godliness; you also be turning yourself away form these men.”
2 Thes 3:6, “now we command you, brethren, in the name of our lord jesus christ, that you separate from every believer who leads an undisciplined life [no momentum], that is not according to the tradition you have received from us.”
2 Thes 3:14, “if anyone does not obey our doctrinal teaching in this epistle, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.”
Rom 16:17‑18, “turn away from them” is physical separation from troublemakers.
In the cosmic system you may avoid people or hate people, but that is not practicing biblical separation as taught by the Word of God.
D. Six Principles in Summary:
1. Separation is necessary because of the cosmic system.
a. Rom 12:1‑3. If you fail in the matter of separation, you will think about self in terms of arrogance.
b. Separation is thinking about yourself in relation to others apart from arrogance.
2. Separation demands understanding permanent priorities, 1 John 2:15‑17.
Your permanent priority is your daily function inside God’s power system, while avoiding at all costs any prolonged stay in the cosmic system.
3. Separation is important in social life, Jer 15:16‑17; 1 Pet 4:3‑4.
a. The believer is to separate from a superficial social life, a fun crowd.
The party crowd always has a false scale of values. They emphasize the details of life as most important.
b. The believer is to separate from the “fast crowd.” There comes a time when the believer grows spiritually, and his first function is to separate from the crowd that use to lead him in the wrong direction.
4. Separation means personality change, Matt 10:39; 2 John 1-13.
5. The believer is to separate from violence and criminal activity, Prov 1:10‑19.
6. There comes a time even when positive believers surround you, you need to separate from them to continue your personal walk and growth in Christ. Luke 14:26-35
When Jesus was facing His biggest challenge He separated Himself from His companions and was alone in private conversation with the Father. Matt 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46, Garden of Gethsemane example of separation.
When Christ carried His cross He was separated from all of His companions and followers both mentally and physically. All had forsaken Him. Yet He still went to the cross for all.
In addition, the final 3 hours that He hung upon the cross, while having our sins imputed to Him, He was separated from the Father.
The Father could have nothing to do with sin so the Father had to separate from the sins in the humanity of Jesus Christ.
Now that we have the perfect nature of God, we should separate ourselves from sin and the cosmic system in like kind.
Abraham had to separate from his family in order to start and continue his walk with the Lord.
At some point in our Christian walk we need to separate from our spiritual mentor we have relied upon in order to fulfill God’s plan.
“Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw him no more” (2 Kings 2:11–23).
It is not wrong for you to depend on your “Elijah” for as long as God gives him to you. But remember that the time will come when he must leave and will no longer be your guide and your leader, because God does not intend for him to stay.
If the thought of that causes you to say, “I cannot continue without my ‘Elijah.’” God says you must continue.
Alone at Your “Jordan” (2:14). The Jordan River represents the type of separation where you have no fellowship with anyone else, and where no one else can take your responsibility from you.
You now have to put to the test what you learned when you were with your “Elijah.”
You have been to the Jordan over and over again with Elijah, but now you are facing it alone.
There is no use in saying that you cannot go—the experience is here, and you must go.
If you truly want to know whether or not God is the God your faith believes Him to be, then go through your “Jordan” alone.
Alone at Your “Jericho” (2:15). Jericho represents the place where you have seen your “Elijah” do great things.
Yet when you come alone to your “Jericho,” you have a strong reluctance to take the initiative and trust in God, wanting, instead, for someone else to take it for you.
But if you remain true to what you learned while with your “Elijah,” you will receive a sign, as Elisha did, that God is with you.
Alone at Your “Bethel” (2:23). At your “Bethel” you will find yourself at your wits’ end but at the beginning of God’s wisdom.
When you come to your wits’ end and feel inclined to panic—don’t!
Stand true to God and He will bring out His truth in a way that will make your life an expression of worship.
Put into practice what you learned while with your “Elijah”—use his mantle and pray (2:13–14).
Make a determination to trust in God, and do not even look for Elijah anymore.
It is helpful to have a good sense of humor for proper separation. By not taking yourself and others so seriously you will be able to view your relationships objectively and come to doctrinal conclusions about the relationship.
By switching from personal love to unconditional love you get away from your illusions about people you have loved.