Article XV: Worldly Separation Policy

Section 1. General Policy.

Grace Church maintains that believers should interpret separation from the world (Romans 12:2; James 1:27; 4:4; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 2:15-16) in accordance with the standard of personal and corporate holiness presented in the Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 5:21-22; 1 Peter 1:14-16). All believers have a responsibility to remain a people separated from the world and consecrated to God, regardless of the worldly conditions of the day. A high standard of personal holiness is required for all Grace Church leadership (elders, deacons, church staff and teachers), and is encouraged for all members and regular attendees. Grace Church leadership is expected to set a godly example in all areas of Christian living. The Grace Church Elders acknowledge that there may exist different convictions among believers with respect to the application of Scripture in particular ‘gray area’ lifestyle decisions. Obviously, if something is sinful, then it is wrong and needs to be confronted. But there will be times when some in the body of Christ do not have the same convictions as its leadership. In these areas the elders will always encourage re-examination. However, until the Holy Spirit brings genuine conviction to an individual in a particular area, the elders can only insist upon moderation in these areas, and call upon all to walk in love as they pursue holiness. See Doctrinal Statement sections concerning “Separation” and “Christian Freedom.”

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

Section 2. Entertainment (theater, movies, television, literature, etc.).

Grace Church members and regular attendees, and especially its leadership, are to adhere to our Biblically based aversion to that entertainment, whether in the home or in a public place, which because of its questionable content is an unworthy use of the Christian’s time and/or detrimental to his spiritual development, witness or example. On those occasions when entertainment of undisputed merit is offered, Grace Church members and regular attendees, together with its leadership should consider whether to participate only after thoughtfully and prayerfully considering the possible effects this may have on other believers (Matthew 18:7-9; Luke 17:1-2; 1 Corinthians 8:1-12; 10:23-33; Ephesians 5:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).