World, Unbelievers, Sinners and Fellowship


These are just my views or more
actually thoughts while trying to come up with some views.

Here are the scriptures I found pertaining to
world/unbelievers/sinner/sinners/
fellowship:

Matthew 5 – Talks about us being
the light and salt of the world, about the salt becoming tasteless, and not
putting our light under a basket.

Matthew 9 – Jesus tells the
Pharisees why he reclines with sinners, because the well do
not need a doctor, the sick do.

Mark 2 – Matches up with Matthew 9.

Mark 16 – Jesus says to go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel.

Luke 5 – Matches up with Matthew 9.

John 3 – Talks about how God sent
Jesus into the world to save it and about how the darkness/wicked things hate
the light.

John 17 – Jesus talks about those
who are His and how they are still in the world and that he doesn’t ask that
they be taken out of the world but that they be kept
out of evil. He says that just as God sent Him into the world, so he sends them
into the world.

1 Cor 2 –
Talks about how believers do not have the spirit of the world, but The Spirit
and how the natural man doesn’t understand and how things that make sense to
those with the Spirit don’t make sense to the natural man – it is foolishness.

1 Cor 5 –
Talks about not keeping company with believers who are sexual sinners,
covetous, idolaters, slanderers, drunkards, or swindlers. It mentions that he
is not speaking about not having anything to do with people in the world who
are like this because believers have to be in contact with those in the world
to meet their everyday needs.

1 Cor 10
– Talks about eating and drinking at the Lord’s table

and at the devil’s table. He tells the believers that they can eat at the
unbeliever’s table, but as soon as they know it was a sacrifice to an idol,
stop eating it.

2 Cor 6 –
Talks about how believers should live a life that has not offense against it.
It talks about not being unequally yoked to unbelievers. It doesn’t address
marriage specifically, but fellowship in general with unbelievers. It tells the
believers to come out from the midst of unbelievers.

Eph 2 – Talks about how God raised
believers up from the things of this world, the enslavement of this world, and
how believers are fellow citizens with the holy ones and the household of God.

Eph 5 – Tells believers to stop
participating in unfruitful works of the darkness and exposing them. Watch how
they conduct themselves not as unwise but as wise. And what
to stop and what to be doing as believers.

Col 1 – Gives thanks for the Lord who came to this world and
about how believers should walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Col 2 – Talks about how believers should be walking about
conducting themselves in Jesus. How believers should be watching lest they be
carried away as spoils of war by conducting themselves according to the world
instead of to Christ. It says that believers should not be handle, taste, nor
touch things that are for corruption according
to the commandments.

James 1 – Ends with talking about
keeping pure and undefiled, unspotted by the world.

James 4 – Says that friendship with
the world is hostility toward God, and that who ever wants
to be a friend of the world is an enemy of God’s.

2 Pet 2 – Near
the end talks about escaping the pollutions of the world by knowledge of Jesus
and then being again entangled.

1 Jn 1 –
Talks about how if believers have fellowship with Him and walking around
conducting themselves in darkness, they are lying to themselves. But if believers
are walking in the light and having fellowship with each other the blood cleanses
them.

1 Jn 2 –
Tells to stop loving the world and the things of the world and that doing so
shows there is no love of the Father in the person and those things are passing
away.

1 John 3
Talks about how the world does not know a believer because they did not know
Jesus and about not practicing sinful things. By the practicing everyone
begotten to God will be revealed. The world will hate those begotten to God.

1 John 5 – Tells about those
begotten to God keep from sinning, that evil does not touch the begotten to God
and how the whole world lies in evil.

Bottom line to me is – What did Jesus say
specifically about witnessing to the world?

Matthew 10; Mark 6; Luke 9 – This
is where Jesus sent the 12 disciples out to spread the news that the kingdom of
heaven was near.

Mat 10:5-16 ALT These twelve
Jesus sent out, having given strict orders to them, saying,

“You* shall not go into the way of the Gentiles, and you* shall not enter
into a city of the Samaritans, (6) but be going rather
to
the sheep, the ones having been lost from [the] house of Israel. (7) “Now be going, be proclaiming, saying, ‘The kingdom of the
heavens has drawn near!’ (8) “Be healing [ones] being sick, be
cleansing lepers [or, [ones] with a skin disease], be casting out
demons; freely you* received, freely give.

(9) “You shall not acquire
gold nor silver nor copper coin in your money belt, (10)
nor a traveler’s bag for [the] journey, nor two tunics nor
sandals nor staff, for the laborer is worthy of his food. (11) “But into whatever
city
or village you* enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there until you* depart. (12) “And as you* enter
into the house
, greet it. (13) “And if indeed the house is worthy, let your* peace come on it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you*. (14) “And whoever shall
not receive you
*, nor hear *your
words, as you* go out from that house or city, shake off the dust from your*
feet
. (15) “Positively, I say to you*, it will be
more tolerable for [the] land of Sodom and Gomorrah in [the] day
of judgment than for that city.

(16) “Listen! _I_ am sending
you* out like sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, continue becoming wise
as the serpents and innocent as the doves.

Mat 10:21-23 ALT
But
brother will betray brother to
death, and a father [his] child
; and children
will rebel against parents and will put them to death. (22)

And you* will be hated by all because of My name, but the one having endured to [the]
end, this [one] will be saved.
(23) “But
whenever they are persecuting you* in this city, be fleeing to
the other.
For positively, I say to you*, by no means shall you* complete the cities of Israel until the Son of Humanity comes.

Mat 10:34-38 ALT
You* should not suppose that I came to put peace on the
earth; I did not come to put peace, _but_ a sword. (35)
“For
I came to ‘turn a man against his
father
, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law,’

(36) and ‘the enemies of a
person [are] the members of his household.’ [Micah 7:6] (37)
“The one affectionately loving father or mother more than Me is not
worthy of Me, and the one affectionately loving son or daughter more than Me is
not worthy of Me, (38) and whoever does not take his cross and
follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

Luke 10 – This is where Jesus sent
out the 70, 2 by 2, into every city and place that he was about to go to:

Luk 10:1-3 ALT Now after these [things], the Lord appointed also seventy others, and He sent them two each [or, two by two] before His face [fig., ahead of Him]

into every city and place where
He Himself was about to be going.
(2) Then He was saying to them,
The harvest truly [is] plentiful, but the
laborers [are] few.
Therefore, implore the Lord
of the harvest in order that He shall put forth laborers into His harvest. (3)

“Be going away. Listen! _I_ am sending you* out as lambs in [the]
midst of wolves.

Luk 10:5-16 ALT “But into
whatever house you* shall be entering
, first be saying, ‘Peace to this
house
.’ (6) “And if a son [fig.,
person]
of peace is there, your* peace will rest on him; but if not, it
will return upon you
*.

(7) “Now be remaining in that very house, eating and drinking the [things]
from them
, for the laborer is worthy of his pay. Do not keep moving from house to house. [cp. 1Tim 5:18] (8) “And into
whatever city you* are entering
, and they are receiving you*, be eating the [things] being set before you*; (9) and be healing the sick in it, and be saying to them, ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you*.’ (10)

“And into whatever city you* are
entering
, and they are not receiving
you
*, having gone out into its open
streets, say
, (11) ‘Even the dust
having clung to us from your* city, we ourselves wipe off against you
*. Nevertheless, be knowing this, that the kingdom of God has drawn near to you*.’ (12)

“I say to you*, it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that
city. (13) “How horrible it will be to you, Chorazin! How horrible it will be to you,
Bethsaida! For if the miraculous works had occurred in Tyre and Sidon, the ones
having occurred in you*, they [would have] repented long ago, sitting in
sackcloth and ashes. (14) “Nevertheless, it will be more tolerable
for
Tyre and Sidon in the
judgment than for you*. (15) “And you,
Capernaum, the one
having been exalted as far as heaven, you will be brought down as far as the
realm of the dead [Gr., hades]. (16)

The one hearing you* hears Me, and the rejecting you* [or, regarding you* as
nothing]
rejects Me, and the one rejecting Me rejects the One having sent
Me.”

Acts 13 – Talks about Paul and
Barnabas witnessing in
Jerusalem, and what they did:

Act 13:45-52 ALT
But
the Jews, having seen
the crowds, were filled with jealousy and began
objecting to the [things] spoken by Paul
, objecting
and blaspheming. (46) But speaking
boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, “It was necessary [for]

the word of God to be spoken to you* first, but since you* push it away [fig.,
reject it]
and do not judge yourselves worthy of eternal life, listen!, we turn to the Gentiles. (47)
“For in this manner has the Lord commanded us, ‘I have placed you
as a light for [the] Gentiles, for you to be for salvation as far as [the]
end of the earth.'” [Isaiah 49:6] (48)

Now the Gentiles hearing [this], they began rejoicing and
glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as had been appointed to eternal
life believed. (49) So the word of the Lord was spreading abroad
throughout the whole region. (50) But the Jews incited the God-worshiping women
and the prominent [women] and the first [fig., leading] [men]

of the city, and they stirred up persecution against
Paul and Barnabas, and they drove them out from their borders
. (51) But they having
shaken off the dust of their feet against them, came
to Iconium
. (52)
Now the disciples were being filled of [or, with] joy and [the]

Holy Spirit.

Acts 18 talks about Paul witnessing
in
Corinth in a synagogue:

Act 18:4-11 ALT
Now
he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath, and he was persuading Jews and Greeks.

(5) Now when both
Silas and Timothy came down from
Macedonia, Paul was held completely by the Spirit, solemnly testifying to
the Jews [that] Jesus [is] the Christ. (6)
But
when they set themselves in opposition against [him]

and [were] blaspheming, having shaken [the dust] off [of his]
clothes, he said to them, “Your* blood [be] on
your* head! _I_ am clean
. From now [on] I will go to
the Gentiles!” (7)
And having departed from there, he went to [the] house of a certain [man] by name
Justus, worshiping God, whose house was being next door to the synagogue. (8)

Then Crispus the synagogue leader believed in
the Lord together with his whole house, and many of the Corinthians, hearing, were believing and were being baptized. (9)
Then the Lord said to Paul by means of a vision in the night, “Stop
being afraid, _but_ be speaking and do not be silent; (10)
because _I_ am with you, and no one will set on [fig., attack]

you to harm you, because [there] are many people [belonging] to
Me in this city.” (11) And he settled [there] a year and six
months teaching the word of God among them.

This is what I am thinking in the
nut shell, don’t add words, don’t insert words, don’t
replace words. I feel that Jesus wants us to go out into all the world, working
among the unbelievers, but not fellowshipping with them, not hanging with them,
not partying with them for an extended length of time. I guess I kind of draw a
line at some point. I make a judgment based on what I feel when I am in a
place, not something I can describe or explain, just something that is. I can
sense when things are turning from something I can be a part of and when it
isn’t. I might go to a place during the day, but I would not stay into the
evening when people start ‘partying.’ I really feel that there are times when
we are not supposed to be certain places. I did not include it here, but there
are scriptures where people were instructed not to or not allowed to go into
certain places. Bottom line, seek the Lord first and obey what he says.

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