No Fellowship With Darkness (Wednesday, December 23, 2020)

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Child of God, In “fellowship” we jointly participate toward a common goal. The word takes on a specifically spiritual connotation when used among Christians. Not all religious fellowships are pleasing to God. A fellowship displeases God when it involves the wrong people, the wrong actions and the wrong motives. Share with me in your spiritual tonic on the topic: No Fellowship With Darkness, drawn from, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

Does this apply to marriage with an unbeliever? “But to the married, I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband…” (1 Cor. 7:10). A believer should not leave his or her unbelieving spouse. But there are reasons that make it unwise for a Christian to decide to marry an unbeliever. In marriage, we should consider whether our spouse will help us and our children to go to heaven. If the consideration is not in an affirmative, then marriage should be completely ruled out, whether the person is a believer or not! It may be unwise, but it is not necessarily sinful to marry an unbeliever.

Why should we not fellowship with darkness? “Therefore, do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.” (Eph. 5:7-8). Some of the synonyms of fellowship used in the scripture to help our understanding include:

Partnership – What partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness. None! The child of God must not engage himself in lawlessness, whether by himself or in partnership with others who will take him in that direction and exercise that kind of control over him. (Rom. 6:13,19).

Harmony – What harmony exists between Christ and Belial? None! Christ and Satan are as opposed as can be. The two will never harmonize.

In Common – What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? Nothing! They have everything differently. Their purpose, goal, hope, Lord/lord, standard, and eternal destiny.

Agreement – What agreement does the temple of God have with idols? None! Idolatry, in whatever form, is a terrible insult unto God. Believers are the temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19-20). We must not be a part of a partnership that would require us to erect an idol in our heart.

What does it really mean to be in fellowship with darkness? “And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” (Eph. 5:11) We are not to join with an unbeliever in that which is sinful. We are to apply this teaching as faithful children of God to all kinds of human relationship—business, marriage, family, friendship, recreation, politics, social, or whatever—no partnership that will involve you sin. “For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his soul! What shall he give in the place of his soul?” 

Relationship with darkness is prohibited. Relationships that would compromise our faith are forbidden. We can eat, play with, help, work with and even marry unbelievers. Though these partnerships may not be the wisest things we may do. Jesus ate with sinners, but did not participate in sin with them. (Mark 2:16; Heb. 4:15). Child of God, this is call for us to withdraw from all unclean practices, cultism, witchcraftcy, stealing in any kind, idolatry, and every form of evil, for no evil doer will reign with Jesus when He returns in glory. Jesus beckon on you to come out of it for the light of your salvation is dawn.

Let us Pray: The pleasurable things of this world earn us temporal satisfaction. In fellowship with the world, we are separated from You, Lord! Help us by the power of your Holy Spirit to come out of fellowship with darkness. Amen.

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