“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Gen. 6:1, 2).
The calling of God’s people is a call to separation, not amalgamation. It is always a call to separation in the spiritual sense of the word. For when, through the deep way of sin and grace, God establishes his covenant of friendship with his people, that covenant friendship of God reveals itself in this world antithetically, and therefore, as enmity of God’s enemies. That is seen in God’s Word from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Being in the world we are spiritually not of the world. To live as though we are of the world is to deny the line of demarcation between light and darkness, between righteousness and unrighteousness.
We, including you young people, are a militant church for we have a battle to fight. This is a spiritual battle which we fight with spiritual weapons. Thus we must equip ourselves with the whole armor of God. All the while that we are fighting we must keep our eye of faith on the glory and the perfect victory that is to come in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today this truth is not popular. We are living in an age that emphasizes amalgamation which is really synthesis. A spirit of worldly-mindedness has captivated the church. Church-world, believer-unbeliever, Christ-Belial, supposedly go hand in hand. For the most part that spirit is manifested in the preaching in that the call to separation is not clearly sounded forth.
There was another age, another world, in which this very amalgamation took place. This was the time before the flood. There never was a period in which sin revealed itself so terribly and developed so rapidly and in which the world became ripe for judgment so quickly as in the pre-diluvian age. Scripture sets forth that age as an example of iniquity and the embodiment of wickedness. As we are now approaching the last minutes of the last hour of time, our age is more and more looking like that age. Thus we must be more and more vigilant to keep ourselves separate from the world spiritually.
In our text the sons of God represent the people of God, the seed of the woman as issuing forth in the generations of God-fearing Seth. The daughters of men represent the seed of the serpent as issuing forth in the generations of wicked Cain. The sons of God looked upon the daughters of men and saw that they were fair. They were attracted by their natural beauty in the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh. Not only were they attracted by the women themselves, but also by all the worldly goods and entertainment which characterized the line of Cain, especially as we see it in the sons of Lamech, Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain. They were fascinated with the greatness and the glitter of the world. Instead of keeping an eye on the city that hath foundations, they lived Cain’s life of the world and were attracted to it. These sons of the church looked at the daughters of men with adultery in their hearts, to lust after them. This infatuation of sensuous beauty is a short-lived thing since it is devoid of the love of God.
Thus it goes when the church intermingles with the world and when those who are of the generations of the church make common cause with the ungodly, put on a yoke with them. True in the most serious and the most intense sense of the word when it comes to marriage; but it applies to any putting on of an unequal yoke with unbelievers in any sphere of life. This bit of history is a serious God-given warning to all of us. We are so ready with our excuses. “Maybe he or she can be gained for Christ through marriage.” “We must witness. We must join their labor and business organizations, and witness from within. We must join them in education, and witness of our Christianity and perhaps Christianize their schools.”
Indeed we must witness, but such a witness is both impossible and futile. The fact is that when God’s people ally themselves with the world, the world never becomes the church; but the church is swallowed up by the world.
We must remember that only God converts and changes us into his children. Moreover, he does so, as a general rule, in the generations of his people. What reason have we to believe that if it pleases us to form alliances with the world, that God is going to accommodate himself to those alliances and change the world? None!
When the believer puts on a yoke with the unbeliever, that yoke is always an unequal yoke. When such an alliance is made, the church does it on the terms of the world. The world will not join the church, nor form an alliance on the church’s terms.
Do you see the danger? In that first world it did not take very long, only a few generations, and there developed a general wickedness in the world. It may be that when such alliances are formed and such marriages consummated, there is in the first generation yet some battle and some misery on the part of those who are really the sons of God. But in generations God does not bestow his covenant blessings where such amalgamation takes place. In generations, also in that world, there was a rapid decline until wickedness and godlessness prevailed. Thus you have the picture of that world as our Lord described it; they ate, they drank, they married and gave in marriage; and knew not until the flood came and destroyed them all. So shall it be in the days before the coming of Christ in judgment. We live in those days now. Just look about you and see the signs.
Therefore, the word of the Lord is: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; Christ and Belial have no concord; walk with God; walk before him; walk in his way; walk to his praise. And if any would ally themselves, let them walk with you, not you with them.