F. BIBLICAL SEPARATION
Separation is a clear principle of Scripture, practiced by Baptist who believe the fundamentals of our faith, whereby we do not fellowship with apostates or those who compromisingly fellowship with apostates.
The doctrine of separation includes:
The Mark of God’s Holiness, whereby believers are separated unto the Lord since their salvation, bearing His name as redeemed Christians, believing and obeying His Word as a necessity for His service and our blessing, and being fruitful in proclaiming His Gospel. Personal Separation, whereby a believer is in the world, but not of it, having no friendship, affiliation, nor identification with it. Ecclesiastical Separation, whereby we preach against apostasy, and withdraw from brethren who enter into memberships, affiliations and fellowships (including evangelistic crusades, youth movements, mission agencies, and schools) which seek to unite separatist fundamentalists with those who deny Biblical doctrines, including those who do not obey the Biblical teaching on separation, as defined in the purpose clause. Political Separation, whereby the things that belong to Caesar are rendered unto Caesar, and those things which are God’s are duly rendered unto Him. Political separation prohibits the establishment of a state church or government interference with the doctrines and practices of churches. (Luke 20:25; John 15:18-21, 17:12-16; 18:36; Romans 16:16-17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 3:20; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9-16; James 4:4; 1 Peter 1:16;18; 1 John 3:1,13)