|1 Corinthians 15:33 |
33 Do not be deceived. Evil companions corrupt good manners, morals, and integrity.5
5 Do not be deceived. Evil companions corrupt good manners, morals, and integrity. You cannot socialize with the people of the world without being influenced by their evil conversation and conduct. You must be polite and friendly to the people of the world, which your job and responsibilities bring you into contact, but you should cease socializing with them. As you begin to deny your former evil activities in the world, the basis of your friendships will diminish. As you deny foul language, revelry, drinking, carousing, etc., your friends will become uncomfortable and begin to attack your commitment to goodness. You will no longer have anything to gain from socializing with them. For what fellowship can light have with dark or righteousness with lawlessness? Yes, they think it strange that you do not run with them into the same excess of dissipation, and they speak evil of you. Your former social friendships will necessarily disappear, else they will hate you and persecute you; or worse, drag you back into the world as you seek their approval. Are you trying to win the approval and favor of men, or of God? This doesn't mean that you won't be kind and courteous to those of the world with which your occupation brings you into association; just that you will not socialize with them because it would be painful and harmful to you.