Practicing biblical separation involves discerning the lines between truth and error, between obedience and disobedience. Scripture has much to say about the Christian's separation from wordliness, from false teaching, and even from disobedient brethren. The Bible lays down the lines of Christian obedience, and faithful Christians abide by them. In doing so, they imitate the pattern of Jesus Christ, of whom it is written, "Then said I, Lo, I come... to do thy will, O God" (Heb 10:7).
This book not only shows where the Bible draws these lines of separation but also reveals where contemporary movements stand in the light of the principles of separation. Fundamentalism is clearly the movement most closely identified with the idea of biblical separation. Other movements either fall under the Scriptures' strictures on false doctrine (e.g., liberalism, Neo-orthodoxy, and Roman Catholicism), or they question aspects of the teaching of separation (e.g., the New Evangelicalism and the Charismatic movement).
The Dividing Line will help the reader understand biblical separation, apply it, and practice it.
Mark Sidwell holds a Ph.D. in church history from Bob Jones University, where he is a member of the staff. He serves as book review editor for Biblical Viewpoint, the journal of the School of Religion of Bob Jones University, and is a member of the Conference on Faith and History.