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AUGUST 3

 Separate yourselves from the people of the land— Ezra 10:11.

 

 Someone has well said, “The Christian in the world is like a ship in the ocean. The ship is safe in the ocean so long as the ocean is not in the ship.” One of the great difficulties with Christianity today is that it has admitted the strangers, the “people of the land,” and recognized them as Christians. It does injury, not only to the Christians, by lowering their standards (for the average will be considered the standard), but it also injures the “strangers,” by causing many of them to believe themselves thoroughly safe and needing no conversion, because they are outwardly respectable, and perhaps frequently attendants at public worship.

 

Parallel passages: Num. 16:21, 26; Ezra 6:21; Prov. 9:6; Isa.. 48:20; 52:11; Jer. 51:9; Acts 2:40; 2.Cor. 6:17—7:1; Rev. 18:4; 1.Cor. 6:11; Eph. 5:25-27; 1.Thes. 4:3, 4; 2.Tim 2:21; 2.Pet. 1:4.