Do you want to live a life where you are free from the control and influence of a system that opposes your faith and convictions as a Christian? If you want such freedom you have to live a life of independence from that system. Independence from outside control and influence doesn’t prevent you from being a witness to people who remain in that system. But dependence can seriously inhibit your ability to be a witness without incurring serious consequences. As it says, “he who has the gold, rules.” If you don’t have the gold, you don’t rule, and if you don’t rule then you are ruled. We were meant to live in this world system (kosmos) without being of this world system. We see in Scripture that we are to live separate from the worldlings, and even to flee from places where judgment is about to fall. We are even told (Jeremiah 10) to “learn not the way of the heathen.” The idea that we should be integrated with or dependent upon the world system so we can be a witness is without Biblical basis. The standard is socioeconomic and socio-cultural separation, not integration and dependence. If you are someone who just

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