Grace Bible Church
Deacon Rick Bettez
Friday, June 28, 2013
Romans 10:7 Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Faith plus doctrine resident in the soul add up to spiritual momentum.
There are two categories of separation from people. Mental & physical and both need to be done with right MA and doctrinal integrity.
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 love.
To avoid this negative influence, the believer can maintain his correct priorities by mental preparation and separation, switching from personal love to impersonal love.
Mental separation emphasizes the integrity, honor and doctrinal application of the Bel operating in the PPOG.
Mental separation, in contrast to physical separation, is a separation which avoids maligning, judging, criticizing, seeking revenge, hurting those with whom you’ve been intimate in the past.
There are some cases where switching from personal love to impersonal love will not work. This will call for physical separation done in a doctrinal manner.
2TI 4:10 For Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Bel’s can have powerful love affairs with the cosmic system just as Unbel’s do.
The moment we step into any form of revenge mode, mental or physical we have stepped from doctrinal separation into the cosmic pit separation.
2TI 4:15-16, Be on your guard against him yourself, for he vigorously (Lian) opposed our teaching. Great and exceeding effort beyond measure. At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. Virtue love is on display when Paul operates in this manner.
Echo Greek verb for hold, to possess in external form, holding onto with your hand, not having something firmly entrenched internally.
Apotrepo Greek verb for avoid, to shun or physically turn away.
Ataktos is the Greek adverb is used for unruly, also a military term for a soldier out of rank or disorderly.
Now we command you brother, that in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ you withdraw all contact with any believers who are living a lifestyle contrary to what we have taught you about the word of God.
There are those who always see the church as a hiding place, a dating game or an institute of financial support.