The Church, Unity, and Separation

Amazing Tangled Grace

I was blessed to run across a discerning blog post by Matt Ratliff, and I am happy to reblog below. Ratliff delves into subjects that I merely touched the surface in Carnality in Worship. I encourage you to read and prayerfully consider his words, as well as read and prayerfully consider the instruction, admonishment, and encouragement found within 1 and 2 Corinthians. The path ahead for the Church is going to be difficult, but we are not alone; we are persecuted but not abandoned (2 Corinthians 4:9).

The following are ten guidelines Ratliff presents for biblical separation:

1. Be discerning (I Th. 5:21).

2. Maintain an earnest proclamation and defense of the faith (Jude 3).

3. Mark those who err (Ro. 16:17).

4. Avoid fellowship.

5. Avoid yoking together in ministry, organization, etc. (2 Co. 6:14-18).

6. Avoid their doctrine (2 Ti. 2:14-18).

7. Rebuke them openly, publicly, and plainly (Mt. 23:13-33; Ac…

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