2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Separation is scriptural under a variety of different scenarios. Most commonly, believers understand that they are to separate from unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). This does not imply that believers should not witness to the lost but that there should be no “fellowship” between the two. The Bible also indicates that there are times in which one believer should separate from another believer. Most often, this happens because of the propagation of false doctrine (Romans 16:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 3:6) or immoral practices (1 Corinthians 5:11). However, there may also be instances when believers separate for the purpose of furthering the work of God (Galatians 2:6-9).
∙ (For children): While Barnabas and Saul, also known as Paul (Acts13:9a) were teaching in the church at Antioch, God wanted them to separate (leave) to do the special work of a missionary (Acts 13:1-3). Because of their willingness and the church’s, many came to know the Lord.
∙ (For everyone): Are there some people in your life now with whom you should separate? How has your walk with the Lord been hindered by your failure to be obedient to the Lord?
∙ Why is it so important that believers separate from unbelievers? Why is it important that godly believers separate from those promoting false doctrine or living an immoral lifestyle?
∙ Ask God to help you understand the importance of separation.
∙ Ask God to show you those from whom you need to separate.