- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:57
Because there can be no fellowship between the things of God and the things of this world (2 Corinthians 6:14-16), Paul teaches, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate" (verse 17). Returning to an unbeliever's congregation disobeys this instruction.
No explanation is likely to be understood. Pointing out unscriptural features of that congregation will likely offend this friend. Instead, anticipate a reciprocal invitation. Pray for grace to answer in a kind, humble way. Express a sincere appreciation and understanding of his invitation. Make certain he understands that you value his friendship and company in contexts which don't compromise your convictions. Be open to discussion, but direct the conversation toward the primary issue between you, the necessity for God's salvation. Let him know that spiritual rather than social concerns motivated your invitation.