2 CORINTHIANS 6
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
My God and Our God - are phrases which can only (truthfully) be employed by the saints. Under the Mosaic dispensation, God was the God of Israel only (Amos iii. 2). In the age to come He will be the God of all the earth (Is. liv. 5). Now He is the God only of the few (embracing Jew and Gentile) who believe and obey the gospel. Such have responded to His call (Acts ii. 39), and through it, have become his acknowledged people (Acts xv. 14).
The religious world is "without God"-this is a sad but positive fact. To have to contend for this in word and deed is far from pleasant; but duty must not be shirked. "Obey my voice, and I will be your God" (Jer. vii. 23). This determines divine relationship. The religious world in fellowshipping the blasphemous doctrines of anti-Christ is disobedient. The Word speaks plainly:
"Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2 Cor. vi. 14-18). ATJ
The Christadelphian - June 1887
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
It does not mean hermitage or seclusion any more than Christ or Paul were hermits. There can be no fraternity with the world in its enterprises, ambitions, politics or pleasures. The world, as such, is the enemy of God and the Truth. It is one huge, organized, hypocritical embodiment of sin and
ungodliness. This includes all forms and beliefs of religion invented by it and catering to public sentiments and popular desires.
True religion, as defined by God through Christ, could never be popular, for it is a denunciation of all the world stands for and loves, and a command to be separate from it. It tells man that his natural course of life, whoever he may be, is evil and ungodly, and commands him to humbly submit and change his whole nature. It is not seclusion in a monkery that is demanded, but a clear distinction in every aspect of our lives.
Bro Growcott - The Fleeting Cross and the Eternal Crown
Problems of the Modern Situation.
In this situation of things, there are problems which did not embarrass the operations of the Gospel in the first century. People come to a knowledge of the truth, here and there throughout the world, by means of the published literature of the truth, which has gone widely abroad. What are they to do on attaining to this knowledge? They are members of the various religious bodies around them: shall they continue in their accustomed association?
Reason itself would answer this question even if there were no Scriptural guidance. How can a man continue in association with a body with whose sentiments and objects he has ceased to have sympathy? The Scriptures prescribe that which impulse would dictate: to "come out" (2 Cor. vi 17) to have no fellowship (Eph. v 11), to withdraw (2 Tim. iii 5). It is impossible that the truth could grow or live in the theological communions of the day.
The Ecclesial Guide
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Provided we allow ourselves to be actuated by the Spirit of God (and His words are spirit) then are we His sons and daughters
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, May 1900