Psalms 105:43-45. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.
The Purpose of Separation
God separated his people in the land of Canaan with a purpose. He brought them out of Egypt so that they could serve Him with joy and gladness. He gave them a land that they did not work for. He wanted a place that was set aside for a holy people to observe his statutes and laws. God has given us a lot since we have been saved. He has blessed us with the local church as a place set aside for us, much like Canaan. One day, in the millennium, He will also give us the land of the heathen.
Growth in Separation
God used separation as a means to grow his people. He separated them from the land of Egypt. He cleared out Canaan to give them a separated place. God needs to isolate and separate in order to produce a godly seed. God put bounds on the nations so that they would happily seek after him. When we mix things up, that God intended to separate, it makes it harder for us to seek him. The church is set apart from the world because God knows that we need an isolated place, without the influences of the world, to worship God.
Separation in the Church
When the world starts to infiltrate the church, a separation that God intended, is destroyed. The church should be different. It needs to act different, feel different, and be different than the world. Worldly philosophy and worldly means should not be a part of the church. We will not want to live holy lives until we are separated. That does not mean we do not seek sinners. That does mean we do not let sinners entice us. Are you separated from the world and are you in a church that is not influenced by the world?