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Why do we need to be "Separate"?

Holiness refers to separateness––but if separateness does not necessarily denote status, why does it matter? Why did God want the Israelites to be separate? And what did it mean to be separate?

When writing to the believers in Corinth, the apostle Paul discussed the values of separation:

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

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