II Corinthians 6:17-18
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
God’s will for His children is clearly stated in Scripture in both Testaments. God wants His children to live different from the world and separated from the world. We are in the world but we are not to become part of the world and join up with the world as Jesus stated in John 17:14-20 in His prayer for us. This is also what the Psalmist was referring to under inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Psalm 1:1-3. God does not want His children to let the world influence us with evil, but for His children to be an influence of righteousness on this evil world. Our righteous influence includes our witness with the Gospel message which begins with the fact that we are all lost in our sins and need to be redeemed by His righteousness. The work of the Spirit of God in the believer’s life after Salvation is called Sanctification, and it is a process of progress in becoming less like the world and more like our Saviour. When we fail to yield to the Holy Spirit and cooperate with His work in our lives of Sanctification, then we are helping ourselves to be available to the world and to Satan to conform us to their way of life. This is exactly what happened to the children of God in the Old Testament as recorded in Psalm 106:35-38.
“But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.”
Notice who is being sacrificed by the adults as they allow themselves to become influenced by the world around them. That is right, the children. When we do not obey God’s plan for our lives, then we are influencing our children to not follow God’s will for their live as well. You are sacrificing the future of your family for your own temporal, carnal pleasures in the world. Plus, you are cheating yourself out of God’s blessings in your own life and in your family through you. And most of all, God is not being glorified in your life like He deserves. Is worldliness and carnal pleasures really worth all that is being sacrificed? I think not!