In Revelation 18 we see a vision of the coming destruction of Rome (referred to figuratively as “Babylon”). The city had become filled with sensuality, immorality, deceit, arrogance, and self-glorification. Because of this, God was about to bring the city down in fiery judgment. In the vision of coming judgment, John heard a voice from heaven warning the people of God: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” (Revelation 18:4-5, NASB)
I think about this verse often, and the words of God often ring out in my mind: Come out of her, my people! Look around. Do you see similarities between our society and that of Rome? Is our society becoming dominated by sensuality, immorality, deceit, and arrogance against God? Aren’t we bombarded by these things on a daily basis? Will God rise up and judge our nation one day? I do not know the plans of God, but I do know that we need to heed His warning: Come out of her, my people! There needs to be a serious effort by each one of us to distance ourselves and create a firewall between ourselves and the ways of the world around us. There is a great danger that we would participate in their sins, and therefore be partakers of their judgment. Of course, this is not to say that we should not befriend and have a great love for people outside of Christ, but we must not participate in the things of this world.
What concrete steps are you taking to come out and be separate? Many of us may need to take a much more radical approach to separate living. Our God is holy, and He expects us to walk in holiness. He called us out of the realm of darkness, and He expects us to be separate from it. He expects us to be different! To be set apart! Let us not participate in the ways of the world. Let us strive for holiness so that no matter what may come, we will stand safely and securely on the side of our God.
— Scott Colvin