On many occasions when one or more members of a family turn from sin to living justly, it is not long until the whole family is delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and born again into the kingdom of God. But on other occasions the family (or extended family) may be so bound by non-Christian customs and practices that God (for our own spiritual and eternal safety) commands us to come out from them and be separated unto Him.
An example of one who turned from sin to living justly, and was then quickly followed by the rest of his family is Gideon. Gideon having turned back to God, one of the first things God commands him to do is to destroy his father’s gods. Then Gideon was commanded to build an altar to the Lord, on which he was to offer a burnt sacrifice using the wood from the destroyed family god. Only then does Gideon’s father turn from sin to living justly. In the end, it is not only Gideon’s family who turns from sin to living justly, but the whole nation of Israel that returns to the worship of the One and only true God and there is peace in the land of Israel for forty years. (Judges Chapters 6 – 8)
Time and time again whenever the Israelites turned from God to the worship of idols, God allows their enemies to oppress them. But whenever they turn back to God and destroy their idols, God delivers them from their oppressors.
An example of someone, who having turned from sin to justly, and was then called by God to come out from among the idol worshipers and be separated unto Him, is Terah the father of Abraham.
Terah was born into a family that lived in a land full of idol worshipers. So God calls him from out of that country, and from out of his family to travel to the Promised Land of Canaan where God would bless him. But he failed to fully leave his family or the land of idol worshipers. He stopped on highway between idol worship and the promises of God. He was like a man in two camps, one foot back in idolatry and the other foot trying to set foot in the promises of God.
33 years latter Terah dies, still having both failed to leave bondage of idolatry behind or to set foot in the promises of God. So then God repents His call, this time to Terah’s son Abraham.
Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram (who would later be remained Abraham), get you out of your country, and away from your relatives, and from your father’s household, unto a land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: 3 And I will bless those who bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (Words in italics added.)
This principal that we should come out from among those who worship other gods and destroy those things that are not of God but of the devil, is not just an Old Testament teaching, it is also taught in the New Testament. Paul writes to the Corinthians of the importance of not being yoked together with unbelievers or those of other faiths, and then quotes from the prophets’ Ezekiel and Isaiah.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what partnership has the just with the unjust? And what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 And what agreement has Christ with Satan? or what part has he that believes with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said,
“I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
“Come out from among them, and be you separate, say the Lord, and touch not the unclean; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
The call of God in both the Old and New Testaments is to come out from among those who are unbelievers and to separate ourselves from those who live lawless lives, and from those who live their lives in service to Satan. Not only are we called not to dwell among them, we are also commanded not touch what is unclean. That is we are not to touch the things they use in the worship of their gods, other than to destroy them with fire. (Acts 19:18 – 20)
In God’s Word we are told that “as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Believing in the name of Jesus Christ and receiving Him as God come to earth in the flesh gives us the right to become children of God.
Believing in God and receiving God requires us to be willing serve God and obey His commands. And His commands to us, on believing and receiving Him as our God, are to “Come out from among them and be separate,” and “do not touch what is unclean.” Then God’s promises, (to those who obey these commands) “He will receive you, He will be a Father to you, and you shall be His sons and daughters.”
The choice is yours; will you this day believe and receive Jesus Christ as God come to earth in the flesh, and will you chose to obey His commands, or will you reject Jesus Christ as God. If your answer is yes, please say the following prayer aloud.
“Dear Jesus Christ, I am sorry for sinning by doing wrong things and by living my life to please myself, instead of living my life to please God the Father. I choose now to turn from sin to living justly, and I ask you to help me live my life from now on to please God and to live according to His will and not my own. I ask you to forgive and release me from all my sins, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and open my understanding so that I can understand the Scriptures. Thank You Jesus; I give you all the praise and glory, for forgiving me and setting me free from sin. Thank You Jesus.”
Congratulations! If you have just prayed this prayer aloud and meant it, you are now a child of God, and He has now delivered you from out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God. Regardless whether you feel any different or not, you are different and both you and others will notice a big change in your life as you continue to grown up as a child of God into a mature man or woman of God.
Find a Christian church that believes in the Holy Trinity and that Jesus Christ is God come to earth in the flesh, to suffer and die for the sins of all mankind. Ask them to baptize you (by full immersion in water) as both a public sign of your repentance from sin to living justly, and of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as both your Lord and God. With Jesus Christ in your life, your life will never be the same again.
May you know God and God’s abundant blessing.
Written by Kenneth Allan Clark and printed and published by
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