Susie invites listener calls to unpack a recent sermon on Christians, cultural engagement and appropriate separation from pastor James MacDonald, of Walk in the Word.

Cultural engagement and separation is hot topic in Christian circles. Many disagree about how we should have relationships with unbelievers and what our motivations should be.

In this discussion, Susie emphasizes that Christians need to be more humble in the way we talk about controversies in the church. Our particular conviction about cultural engagement may not be right. Thus, we need to be humble and search the Scriptures.

Listeners chime in on some questions Susie raises:

  • What does it mean to grow in holiness and what part do we play in that process?
  • The Bible does say have no fellowship with unbelievers, that darkness and light do not belong together. How does that jive  with the call to go out in the world and be light?
  • What is our call when it comes to our relationship with unbelievers? Are we supposed to share the gospel right away, are we supposed to befriend them first? How are we supposed to relate to unbelievers in a way that reflects the gospel?

A recent sermon of James MacDonald discussed the difference between living a holy life and living separated. He emphasizes that Christians need to be looking to God throughout their interactions with unbelievers. There may be times when we need to stand firm about our convictions and even time where we need to turn the other way and encourage separation to make sure we aren’t allowing society to contaminate God’s truth.

Susie affirms James’ message of discernment.

“We don’t want to walk in the world so much that we identify so much with the world that people couldn’t even tell us apart anymore.”

Susie talks with listeners and talks about friendship evangelism and more in this podcast.

Key Scriptures: Colossians 1:28-292 Corinthians 6:14-181 Corinthians 9:21-23

Holiness, separation and community 

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