Have you ever been in a room where it is both total darkness and total light at the same time? Of course not! When you turn on the light in a dark room, the darkness immediately disappears because the two cannot coexist - they have nothing in common..
Paul, speaking to the Corinthians, used this example to explain that those who are of God have no links with those who are not. In 2 Corinthians, he said:
“…You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections... Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God...”
(2 Corinthians 6. 11-16)
Many young people think that their pastor is trying to rule over them when we teach them the word of God. But the truth is, like the Corinthians, they ‘are not restricted by us but by their own affection’ - their own desires.
We do not tell you what to do. We teach you how to be successful according to God, but what you do with this teaching is up to you. When young people decide to take God’s direction for granted, they will never change. They restrict themselves with their own affections (will/desire) and trap themselves with their own way of doing things.
"...And what communion has light with darkness?"
(2 Corinthians 6.14 )
We'll conclude the topic next week.
Pr Luke Castro