of separation from sin unto God is a fundamental principle of the Bible,
one grievously ignored in the church today.
This doctrine arises out of the holiness of God, both the purity and
righteousness of God (Luke 1:75) are involved. "Be ye holy, for
I am holy," (I Peter 1:16, 3:11; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; II Corinthians
The Bible does speak of co-operation ("be of one mind," "that
they all may be one", "labourers together," "keep
the unity of the Spirit," "Follow peace with all men, and
holiness without which no man shall see the Lord," also I Corinthians
12:25). However, Bible co-operation is based upon truth. It involves
the united effort of God's people. This is not a co-operation born of
a spirit of undiscerning pluralism, or that of seeking "truth"
in all religions, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"
We maintain that the entire economy of God, as revealed in all Scripture,
is for a separation that is based on the holiness of God, that produces
purity in all life, personal and ecclesiastical.
The ICCC Constitution declares in its Preamble: "The commands of
God to His people to separate from all unbelief and corruption are clear
and positive; (the ICCC is an agency established) without compromise
of evasion, unreservedly dedicated as a witness to "the faith once
delivered unto the saints."
Article V of our Constitution further states: "The Council assures
those individuals and congregations still in World Council relationship,
but who, nevertheless, show interest in the testimony of this Council,
that this Council appreciates their interest, cordially invites their
presence as observers at World Congresses and hopes that they soon will
be in such ecclesiastical relationship as will allow them to enter into
membership in this Council."
Therefore, in loyalty to the revealed Word, we, as an organized portion
of the people of God, are obliged to oppose all forms of Modernism,
cultism, Romanism and New Evangelicalism. Dialogue with false religions
is impious, unbiblical, treasonous and unfaithful to a holy God, as
He revealed Himself to us in His infallible, inerrant Word. We are opposed
to all efforts of the New Evangelicals and any others to obscure or
wipe out the clear line of separation between these absolutes: truth
and error, light and darkness. (See Jeremiah 5:20; II Corinthians 6:14-18).
Biblical separation is a clear command to "be…not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers" (II Corinthians 6:14). It is a part
of a great body of Scriptures on this topic. See Matthew 6:24; Romans
16:17; Galatians 1; Ephesians 5:11; II Thessalonians 3:6; II Timothy
3:1-7; Titus 3:10; II Peter 2::1-3, I John 4:1-3, II John 7:11; Jude
3:20-24; and Revelation 18:4.
We reach out to those who are part of any human system which involves
compromise with error, and who thus ought to "come out from among
them" (2 Cor 6:17), separate themselves unto the "Father…the
Lord Almighty" (II Corinthains 6:18), thus "cleansing themselves"
and "perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (II Corinthians
We, the ICCC meeting in our 17th World Congress in Korea, June 8 - 14,
2005 call upon God's people to be clean and separate and call all of
God's people to be true to God's commands. "Ye are my friends,
if ye do whatsoever I command you," and "This is love, that
we walk after His commandments" (John 15:14, II John 6).
In view of the command to "touch not the unclean thing" (II
Corinthians 6:17) and the application of that principle set forth in
the Constitution, that no church can be both in the WCC and the ICCC
at the same time, all of our ICCC churches and leaders should take care
that in any corporate co-operation in their churches or joint enterprises
they do not have on their committees those who are in the WCC or in
the WCC affiliates. However, a cordial relationship should be maintained
with all to the end that all may be consistent with the ICCC principles
and that no confusion in the witness be manifested. The fine lines of
separations extend from the top to the bottom of our Christian witness
in all of our countries and churches.