F.B. Meyer on 'Separation From Dead Churches'

'Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD' (Genesis 13:18)

"It is often argued that we should stay in the midst of churches and bodies whose sins and follies we deplore, in the hope of saving them for God and mankind. Such reasoning has a good deal of force in the first stages of decline. A strong protest may arrest error and stop the gangrene.

"But as time advances, and the whole body becomes diseased [Christendom today]; when the protests have been disregarded, and the arguments trampled underfoot; when the majority have clearly taken up their position against the truth [2Tim. 4:3-4] - we have no alternative but to come out and be separate. [2Tim. 3:5]

"The place from which we can exert the strongest influence for good is not from within, but from without. [Heb. 13:13-14]

"Lot lost all influence of his life in Sodom; but Abraham, from the heights of Mamre, was able to exert a mighty influence on its history."

F.B. Meyer (1847-1929)
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