Wherefore come out
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not
the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto
you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Cor. 6:17, 18.
Many today have veils upon their faces. These veils are sympathy with
the customs and practices of the world, which hide from them the glory
of the Lord. God desires us to keep our eyes fixed upon Him, that
we may lose sight of the things of this world.
As the truth is brought
into practical life, the standard is to be elevated higher and higher
to meet the requirements of the Bible. This will necessitate opposition
to the fashions, customs, practices, and maxims of the world. Worldly
influences, like the waves of the sea, beat against the followers
of Christ to sweep them away from the true principles of His meekness
and grace; but we are to stand as firm as a rock to principle. It
will require moral courage to do this, and those whose souls are not
riveted to the eternal Rock will be swept away by the worldly current.
We can stand firm only as our life is hid with Christ in God. Moral
independence is wholly in place when opposing the world. By conforming
entirely to the will of God, we shall be placed upon vantage ground,
and shall see the necessity of decided separation from the customs
and practices of the world. We are not to elevate our standard just
a little above the world's standard, but we are to make the distinction
decidedly apparent. . . .
It is no easy matter to
gain the priceless treasure of eternal life. No one can do this and
drift with the current of the world. He must come out from the world
and be separate and touch not the unclean. No one can act like a worldling
without being carried down by the current of the world. No one will
make any upward progress without persevering effort. He who would
overcome must hold fast to Christ. He must not look back, but keep
the eye ever upward, gaining one grace after another. Individual vigilance
is the price of safety. . . .
The end of all things is
at hand. There is need now of men armed and equipped to battle for
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