SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD
the Old Life
Separation from Ecumenical Babylon
Separation from Political Babylon
Separation from Cosmic Babylon
Separation from Time Problems
Failure to Separate
Separation at Salvation
1. The world is Satan's Cosmic
System, which is also called Cosmos Diabolicus (the devil's world).
2. Satan is the ruler of the Earth and its people.
a. The Earth and its people
are called the world.
b. People who are enslaved
to Satan are also called the world.
3. Thus, the world includes the Cosmic System and
the people who are enslaved to it.
4. A person who receives Salvation is taken from
the domain of Satan and transferred into the Kingdom of God. He also
receives the Filling
of the Holy Spirit.
a. When he sins, he loses
the Filling of the Holy Spirit, but he does not lose his Salvation.
In a state of sin he is also subject to the influence of the Cosmic System.
restores the Filling of the Holy Spirit, and residence in the Divine
Dynasphere protects the believer from the Cosmic System.
Separation from the world means separation from the Cosmic System and the
people who are enslaved to it.
6. Since Satan
is a super genius with great power and hoards of demons, escaping the influence
of his system is no small feat. The strongest of believers are reduced
to weakness by his system. Only the Grace and power of God can deliver
a believer from Satan's clutches.
7. Sin enslaves a person to Satan's Cosmic System,
and the Redemption
solution whereby Christ paid for the sins of the world, frees the believer
to live in fellowship with God.
a. Faith in Jesus Christ
frees a person at Salvation from Satan, and Rebound frees the believer
from slavery to sin and the Cosmic System after Salvation.
b. The believer should
no longer live in sin after Salvation but should live the New Life in the
Filling of the Holy Spirit.
8. Living the New Spiritual Life requires separating
from the world. After Salvation the believer must make daily decisions
to choose Good and reject evil.
was surrounded by a wall of linen to symbolize separation from the world.
a. The white linen symbolized
from the world.
b. The gate, the only entrance
into the Tabernacle, symbolized Christ, the only way of Salvation (Matt
7:14; Jn 14:6).
Separation from the Old Life
Salvation the believer must live his New Spiritual Life and leave his old
life of sin behind. The old life of sin was crucified on the cross
(Mk 10:28-30; Rom 6:4; Gal 2:20; 6:14; Eph 4:22; Col 3:9).
2. Sin and the Old
Sin Nature, which resides in the body, must be rejected (ref. Rom
6:6; Rom 8:13; 13:14; Gal 5:16-17, 24; 1 Pet 2:11).
3. The New Life is separate
from reversionism, which is turning away from God into the Cosmic System
(Psa 1:1; 1 Cor 5:11; Eph 5:18; 2 Thess 3:6; 1 Pet 4:3, 4; 2 Pet 2:15,
20-22; Jude 1:11).
4. There must be separation
from religion, which is man's attempt to reach God apart from the Redemption
solution. Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship
with God through Jesus Christ. Religion is a counterfeit system of
Satan. (Matt 7:22-23; 15:9; Rom 2:28-29; 2 Cor 11:13-15; Phil 3:2;
Col 2:16-23; 2 Tim 3:1-6; 4:3-4; Rev 2:9; 3:9).
5. There must be separation
from the devil and his Cosmic System (Eph 4:27; Jas 4:7; 1 Pet 5:8-9).
6. There must be separation
from those under the influence of Satan, including the Evil
King (1 Ki 16:30; Dan 10:13; Matt 2:1; 12:34; Jn 8:44; Acts 4:27; 12:21;
24:27; 25:13; Rev 17:3, 8), Prostitute of Babylon (Rev 2:20; 17:4, 5, 18),
antichrists (1 Jn 2:18, 22; 3:8; 4:3; 2 Jn 7), and evil people (Jn 6:70;
13:2, 27; Acts 5:3).
The Cosmic System2
the believer along the X, Y, Z, and Time Axes of the Spiritual Life.
X-axis – Ecumenical Babylon
Y-axis – Political Babylon
Z-axis – Cosmic Babylon
Time-axis – loss of rapport with God and harmony with Christ.
8. Those from whom one separates
may be put to shame (2 Thess 3:14), but that will be rare. The purpose
of separation is to preserve the integrity of the Spiritual Life of the
believer in fellowship with God. The believer must choose God or
Satan. He cannot serve both (Matt 6:24; Lk 16:13).
Separation is required from Ecumenical
1. Apostasy (2 Cor 11:13;
1 Tim 1:19-20; Jude 1:4, 12-13; Rev 2:14). Apostasy includes rejection
of Salvation by Grace and spirituality by Grace.
2. False doctrine (Eph 5:6;
1 Pet 1:14)
3. False teachers (Matt 7:15;
2 Pet 2:1, 17-18; 2 Jn 10).
4. Lies (Psa 41:6; 116:11;
Jer 9:4-5; Jn 8:44; Rom 3:4, 10-18).
5. Flattery (Ps 5:9; 12:2;
62:4; Prov 26:28; 29:5; 1 Thess 2:5).
6. Not listening to doctrine
(Isa 6:10; Matt 13:15; Acts 28:27; 2 Tim 4:3; Heb 5:11).
7. Not living by doctrine
(Rom 12:2; 16:17-18; Phil 3:18; 2 Thess 3:6, 14; 2 Tim 4:4; 1 Jn 2:4).
8. Hypocrisy (Matt 6:2, 5,
16; 7:5; 15:7; 23:13-29; Mk 12:15; Lk 12:1; Gal 2:13; 1 Tim 4:2; 2 Tim
3:5; Titus 1:16; 1 Pet 2:1).
9. Those who are not filled
with the Holy Spirit and Grace-oriented (Rom 8:5; Gal 5:4, 16; Heb 12:15).
10. Evil (1 Pet 3:11; 1 Jn
11. Unsanctified (Isa 59:2;
2 Cor 6:17; 2 Tim 3:2).
12. Dead works (Matt 13:7,
22; 1 Cor 3:12; Heb 6:1; 9:14; Jas 2:17, 20, 26).
from Political Babylon
Separation is required from Political
1. Rejection of Right Man
– Right Woman, paramours, fornicators (Rom 13:13)
2. Worldly friendships (Jn
15:19; Jas 4:4) and relationships (Isa 52:11; Jer 50:8; Matt 10:34-39;
1 Cor 15:33; 2 Cor 6:17).
3. Men pleasers (Gal 1:10).
4. Not having impersonal
love for others (Jas 2:8; 1 Jn 2:10; 4:20-21).
5. Slavery to details of
life (2 Tim 4:10; 1 Jn 2:15-16)
6. Lovers of money (1 Tim
6:10; 2 Tim 3:2).
7. Walking in darkness (Jn
3:19; 1 Jn 1:6; 2:11)
8. Socialism, which is robbing
the rich to give to the poor (Heb 10:34).
from Cosmic Babylon
Separation is required from Cosmic
1. Rejection of God's Authority
(Ex 20:3; Deut 6:13; 13:4; 27:10; Rom 3:18).
2. Submission to Satan's
power (Jn 8:44; 17:15; Eph 2:1-3; Heb 2:14; 1 Jn 5:19).
(Ex 20:4-5; Deut 11:16; 1 Cor 10:14, 20-21; 2 Cor 6:14-16; Col 3:5; Rev
and quenching the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess 5:19; 2 Tim 3:5)
5. Rejection of other authority
(Pastor, Right Man, husband, government) (Rom 13:1-7; Heb 13:17).
6. Slavery to the world (Rom
6:6, 12; Gal 4:9; 2 Tim 2:25-26; Titus 3:3).
Separation is required from Time problems,
1. Lack of Spiritual Rapport
with God and harmony with Christ (2 Cor 6:15).
2. Lack of harmony with others
(Phil 4:2; 1 Pet 3:8).
3. Contentious partners (Prov
15:17; 17:1; 19:13; 21:9, 19; 25:24; 27:15).
4. Not waiting for the right
time (Eccl 3:1; 1 Pet 5:6).
5. Jealousy and strife (Rom
2:8; 1 Cor 3:3; 2 Cor 12:20; Jas 3:14).
1. The believer is not commanded
leave the world, such as becoming a hermit or living in a monastery.
He is to be in the world, but not of the world (Jn 17:14, 15, 16).
2. The believer is not commanded
to separate from unbelievers (1 Cor 5:9-10).
1. The consequences of failure
to separate from the world amount to forfeiture of the Spiritual life and
becoming a casualty in Spiritual Warfare. Spiritual growth will cease,
and Divine punishment will take over. The believer will not lose
his Salvation, but he will forfeit his inheritance, lose his rewards, and
die the Sin Leading to Death.
2. The believer who does
not separate from the world, whether from weakness or arrogance, has rejected
our merciful God and bowed down to Satan, who despises him. God will
punish him severely, and Satan will try to take him to Hell.
3. Quarrels and Turmoil
4:1 Quarrels and Turmoil
to handle sin and the lusts of the Old
Sin Nature will lead to strife and quarrels with others in the world.
Life will be like a war zone from the outside and inside. The believer
in the Cosmic System will be surrounded by visible and invisible enemies.
The stress on the body will cause infirmities.
4. Fighting and Failure
What is the cause of strife and
what is the source of quarrels among you? Are they not caused by
your own pleasure-lusts that wage war in your members?
a. The lust
pattern will be aroused to go into lawlessness, and bitter reaction will
drive the person to try to eliminate (murder) his attackers. He will
have quarrels and fights. Jealousy intensifies the antagonism.
prayer life will fail because the person does not even think to pray.
Then he prays with wrong motives out of the will of God, and his prayers
are not answered (Jas 4:3).
You lust and do not have; so you
commit murder. And you are jealous and cannot attain; so you quarrel
and fight. You do not have because you do not ask.
4:4 Spiritual Adultery
a. Those who
do not separate from the world are like adulteresses, who leave their husband
for a paramour. God is like the husband, and Satan is like the paramour.
a friend of the world makes the person an enemy of God.
6. Jealousy vs. the Indwelling
You adulteresses, do you not know
that friendship with the world is enmity toward God? Therefore whoever
wishes to be the friend of the world makes himself the enemy of God.
4:5 Jealousy vs. the Indwelling Spirit
a. The sin
of jealousy destroys love and intensifies evil desires in the person who
is a slave to sin (SOS 8:6; Prov 6:34).
contrast, the indwelling Holy Spirit yearns to fill and control us in fellowship.
7. Grace Promotion/Demotion
Or do you suppose that the scripture
speaks to no purpose against jealousy? The Spirit, which He (God)
has caused to dwell in us, yearns over us.
4:6 Grace Promotion/Demotion
a. God gives
greater Grace (promotion) to the believer who separates from the world
and passes the test that he faces.
contrast, the arrogant believer does not separate from the world and fails
the test. God opposes him. This includes Divine punishment
humble believer resides under God's Authority inside the Divine
Dynasphere where he receives Divine Grace to handle the problems and
pressures of life.
8. Resisting the Devil
Moreover, He gives greater Grace.
Therefore it says, "God opposes the arrogant, but He gives Grace to the
4:7 Resisting the Devil
a. To handle
the attack of the devil, the believer must first submit to God and then
resist the devil.
power of God will protect the believer, and the devil will flee (1 Jn 4:4).
The devil includes Satan and his demons.
9. Double-Souled Reversionists
Therefore, be subordinate to God;
but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
a. If we respond
to God, He will have fellowship with us.
to God requires Rebound, which
is symbolized by washing the hands.
order to have a love relationship with God, our hearts must be pure and
free from the influence of the world.
They have two sets of priorities. They want God's blessing, but they
love the world and refuse to separate from it. They vacillate between
Grace and moral degeneracy, and between Divine and human solutions.
They are "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Ti 3:4).
double-souled condition includes Scar
Tissue of the Soul (Hardness
of the Heart), which is insensitive toward God and receptive to the
may also accumulate in the subconscious. This, in turn, weakens pressure
points of the Spiritual
Body and leads to psychiatric problems and physical infirmities.
Most medical problems stem from Scar Tissue of the Soul, which can only
be removed through Experiential
10. Demotion in Reversionism
Come near to God, and He will draw
near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts,
4:9 Demotion in Reversionism
to separate from the world is the prescription for a miserable life of
Divine punishment. The person in the Cosmic System is guilty and
outside the bounds of Grace. In defiance of God, he is asking for
miserable, and mourn, and weep" are three
stages of Divine punishment.
- "Be miserable" – warning discipline.
- "Mourn" – intensified discipline.
- "Weep" – dying discipline of the Sin Leading to Death.
your laughter be turned into grief" - this is superficial laughter from
foolishness and Frantic Search for Happiness (FSH) – not Divine Happiness
from God. Those who are running around trying to have fun in the
world will suffer the consequences and receive grief. They will not
have the blessing of God, but they will receive cursing in the devil's
your joy into depression" – happiness from the devil's world will be short
lived. The pleasure of the moment is not worth the displeasure of
God. Depression will result from life in the Cosmic System (Psa 42;
Psa 43:5). The down side of Satan's high is the emptiness of depression.
The only way of true blessing is to separate from the world.
Be miserable, and mourn, and weep.
Let your laughter be turned into grief, and your joy into depression.
1. Larry Wood. Doctrinal
Feb. 15, 2016.
2. Larry Wood. The
Divine Dynasphere, Aug. 31, 2015.
3. Larry Wood. Emotion,
System Counterattack," Oct. 7, 2013.
Author: Larry Wood, Released March 4,
2016 - Revised March 26, 2016