Resources on Ecclesiastical Separation

The following resources discuss the notion of ecclesiastical separation.  The value of these resources will obviously vary from item to item.  Some are more formal presentations and others, particularly blog posts, are included because of the significant conversation which ensues in the comments. Some are more valuable for their questions, some for their answers. I thought it would be helpful to gather them into a single link page.  For any who know of other good online resources, feel free to suggest them in the comments.

Kevin Bauder, “Separation from Professing Brethren – Notes toward an Understanding,” 2006.

Kevin Bauder, “The Importance of Separation,” 04 August 2006

Kevin Bauder, “Thinking About the Gospel; Part Five: The Gospel and Christian Fellowship,” 13 July 2007

Kevin Bauder, “Thinking About the Gospel; Part Six: Demeaning the Gospel,” 20 July 2007

Kevin Bauder, “Thinking About the Gospel; Part Seven: Frontloading the Gospel,” 27 July 2007

Kevin Bauder, “Thinking About the Gospel; Part Eight: Identifying the Fundamentals,” 03 August 2007

Kevin Bauder, “Thinking About the Gospel; Part Nine: Practical Fundamentals?” 10 August 2007

Kevin Bauder, “Fundamentalists and Scholarship; Part Ten: Scholarship and Separatism,” 14 March 2008

Kevin Bauder, “Let’s Get Clear on This,” 5 March 2010.

David C. Bennett, “Ecclesiastical Separation: Is It for Today?”

The Bible Presbyterian Church, “The Harvey Cedars Resolutions,” 1945

Bob Jones University Bible Faculty, “Biblical Separation,” privately published pamphlet, 1980.

A. Philip Brown II, “Categories of Truth vs. Categories of Exegetical Certainty,” August 2005

Nathan Busenitz, “History’s Blurred Line of Separation,” 25 July 2006.  Blog discussion including Dave Doran and Bill Combs. (link defunct)

Nathan Busenitz, “Some Initial Thoughts on 2 Thess. 3,” 26 July 2006.  Blog discussion including Dave Doran. (link defunct)

Nathan Busenitz, “We Do Believe in Separation,” 28 July 2006.  Blog discussion including Dave Doran and William Combs. (link defunct)

John Calvin on church fellowship. Institutes, Book 4, 1.12.

Gary G. Cohen, “The Bible Presbyterian Position on Ecclesiastical Separation,” Western Reformed Seminary Journal 11/2 (August 2004): 5-12

Gary Cohen, Biblical Separation Defended (P & R, 1966).

R. Bruce Compton, “Church Discipline: Separation from a Believer or Excommunication of an Unbeliever? Comparing Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15,” lecture at Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Inter-City Baptist Church, Detroit, MI, 15-16 October 2009.  Audio Lecture notes

Sam Dawson, “A Reflection on Paul’s Defense of the Gospel in Romans and Its Implications for Separation,” lecture at Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Inter-City Baptist Church, Detroit, MI, 15-16 October 2009.  Audio Lecture notes

Robert Delnay, “Ecclesiastical Separation,” Faith Pulpit (June/August 1987)

Mark Dever, “‘Mark Dever Doesn’t Practice Separation?’,” 14 June 2008.  Blog discussion including Dave Doran and Jeff Straub.

Dave Doran, “Stop the Funeral–We’re Not Quite Dead Yet! A Response to Phil Johnson’s Dead Right: The Failure of Fundamentalism

Dave Doran, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: A Grid for the Application of Ecclesiastical Separation,” 2005

Dave Doran, “Contemporary Challenges for Biblical Separatism” (notes), session at the 2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching

Dave Doran, “Gospel-Driven Separation,” Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Inter-City Baptist Church, Detroit, MI, 15-16 October 2009.  Four sessions: “The Sine Qua Non of Separatism”“Identifying the Disobedient Brother”“Defining Fellowship and Compromise”“Worldliness and Ecclesiastical Separation”.

Dave Doran, “Gospel-Driven Separation,” 16 October 2009

Dave Doran, “The Gospel and Separation I,” 20 October 2009

Dave Doran, “The Gospel and Separation II,” 21 October 2009

Dave Doran, “The Gospel and Separation III,” 22 October 2009

Dave Doran, “Separation for the Sake of the Gospel,” 23 October 2009

Dave Doran, “The Line Between Belief and Unbelief,” 26 October 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between Belief and Unbelief II,” 26 October 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between Gospel Faithfulness and Unfaithfulness,” 28 October 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between Gospel Faithfulness and Unfaithfulness II,” 28 October 2009.

Dave Doran, “Having Lost Both Map and Compass . . .” 01 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between the Church and the World,” 03 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between the Church and the World II,” 04 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between the Church and the World III,” 05 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “The Line Between the Church and the World IV,” 09 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “Starting at the Right Spot (or at least close to it), Part I,” 23 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “Starting at the Right Spot (or at least close to it), Part II,” 24 November 2009.

Dave Doran, “Separation in Academic Contexts,” 24 February 2010.

Dave Doran, “Time for a Group Hug?” 05 March 2010 (response to Bauder, “Let’s Get Clear on This”).

Dave Doran, “These Are Not the Movements You’ve Been Looking For . . .” 10 March 2010.

Dave Doran, “Five Years Later,” 11 March 2010.

Howard M. Ervin, “A Re-Examination of 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1,” The Baptist Bulletin (April 1950)

General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Council of 18, “Ecclesiastical Separation and Its Associational Applications,” 7 February 2006 (link defunct)

Dan Greenfield, “Ecclesiastical Separation,” Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor (April/May 2007)

Paul Hartog, “Economic Wisdom as an Analogy to Prudence of Separation, Part 1,” Faith Pulpit (September 2005)

Paul Hartog, “Economic Wisdom as an Analogy to Prudence of Separation, Part 2,” Faith Pulpit (October 2005)

Myron Houghton, “Secondary Ecclesiastical Separation,” Faith Pulpit (November 2003)

Phil Johnson, “Dead Right: The Failure of Fundamentalism,” 2005

Phil Johnson, Dave Doran, et al., “Continuing Dialogue on Fundamentalism and the Application of Biblical Separation: Phil Johnson and Dave Doran,” 2005

Jeffrey Khoo, Biblical Separation: Doctrine of Church Purification and Preservation (Bible Witness Literature Ministry / Reformation Banner Publications), 2004.

Presbyterian Church in America, “Apostasy and Ecclesiastical Separation,” 1985

Robert McCabe, “An Old Testament Justification for Separatism,” lecture at Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Inter-City Baptist Church, Detroit, MI, 15-16 October 2009.  Audio Lecture notes

Roland McCune, “The Self-Identity of Fundamentalism,” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 1 (Spring 1996): 9-34 (esp. 27-33)

Roland McCune, “An Inside Look at Ecclesiastical Separation”

Dan Miller, “Separation: Split or Lump? (Part 1 of 4)”

Dan Miller, “Separation: Non-Fellowship of Convenience (Part 2 of 4)”

Dan Miller, “Separation: The Purity of the Church (Part 3 of 4)”

Dan Miller, “Separation: The GARBC, Cedarville, and the SBC (Part 4 of 4)”

Mark Minnick, Interview by Mark Dever, 05 May 2008

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., “A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity”

Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, “Report of the Study Committee on Biblical Bounds and Guidelines for Ecclesiastical Separation,” 1976

Joe Rigney, “How to Weigh Doctrines for Christian Unity,” 27 May 2014

Charles Spurgeon, “Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Ecclesiastical Separation,” compiled by G. Archer Weniger (link defunct)

Michael Wagner, “Biblical Principles for Separating from Backsliding Churches” (audio text)

Print Resources

Mark A. Andrews, “Biblical Separation, Primary or Secondary — Or Both?”, M.A.B.S. Thesis, Multnomah School of the Bible, 1983. (item 004-0002 at www.tren.com)

John E. Ashbrook, Axioms of Separation (Mentor, Ohio: Here I Stand Books, 1989).

John E. Ashbrook, “Separation from Brethren,” Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor (August-September 1975); reprinted, “The Projector,” newsletter (Milton, Fla.: Gospel Projects, February, 1979), 1, 5, 7, 8 10. (pdf: Ashbrook, Separation from Brethren, 1979)

Kenneth Becker, “Pseudo-Fundamentalism,” Parts 1 and 2, in “The Projector,” newsletter (Milton, Fla.: Gospel Projects), 8:2 (February 1979): 4, 9, 11; and 8:3 (March 1979): 1, 4, 5, 8. (pdfs: Becker, Pseudofundamentalism, part 1, 1979 Becker, Pseudofundamentalism, part 2, 1979)

Robert D. Bell, “Practical Exhortations Concerning Disciplinary Separation,” Biblical Viewpoint 9:2 (Nov 1975).

William H. Berkheiser, “A Pauline Theology of Separation,” M.A. Thesis, Calvary Theological Seminary, 1996. (item 057-0009 at www.tren.com)

John F. Brug, Church Fellowship: Working Together for the Truth (Northwestern Publishing House, 1996).

Charles J. Bumgardner, “‘As a Brother’: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 and Ecclesiastical Separation,” Detroit Baptist Theological Journal 14 (2009): 55-97.

Michael M. Canham, “‘Secondary Separation’ and 2 Thessalonians 3,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Far-West Region of the Evangelical Theological Society, April 28, 1995. (item ETS-0144 at www.tren.com)

Michael M. Canham, “Ecclesiastical Separation: Toward a Biblical Balance,” Th.M. Thesis, The Master’s Seminary, 1995. (item 059-0007 at www.tren.com)

R. Bruce Compton, “Is Second Degree Separation Biblical?”, Regular Baptist Review (Winter 1989): 3, 7-8.

R. Bruce Compton, “Biblical Separation: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15,” Frontline (Jan-Feb 1999), “Frontline Pastor’s Insert”: 6.

R. Bruce Compton. “2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 and Second-Degree Separation,” Paper presented at the Mid-America Conference on Preaching, October 18-19, 2001 (Allen Park, MI).

Ed Dobson and Ed Hindson, “Guilt by Association, or Burned by the Second Degree,” Fundamentalist Journal (October 1983), pp 10, 11, 57. In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #021717. (pdf: Dobson-Hinson, Guilt by Association, 1983)

Paul D. Furniss, “An Examination of Paul’s Argument for Separation in 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1,” Th.M. Thesis, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, 1984. (item 002-0337 at www.tren.com)

Curtis Hutson, “What Is Secondary Separation and Do You Practice It?” The Sword of the Lord (June 17, 1983) (pdf: Hutson, What Is Secondary Separation, 1983)

Lynn C. Knower, “Is Ecclesiastical Separation Commanded in 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1?”, Th.M. Thesis, Capital Bible Seminary, 1988. (item 014-0071 at www.tren.com)

Douglas A. Lightly, “The Doctrine of Separation as It Relates to the Doctrinal Error of a Believer,” Th.M. Thesis, Grace Theological Seminary, 1982. (item 009-0306 at www.tren.com)

Rolland McCune, Promise Unfulfilled: The Failed Strategy of Modern Evangelicalism (Ambassador-Emerald, 2004), esp 122-64.  “Search Inside” available at Amazon.

Douglas McLachlan, Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism (AACS, 1993).

Mark Minnick, “Straight Cuts,” Frontline (Jan-Feb 2005), “Frontline Pastor’s Insert”: 6

Fred Moritz, Be Ye Holy”: The Call to Christian Separation (BJU Press, 1994).  Portions are online here.

Larry R. Oats, “The Relationship of Ecclesiology to the Doctrine of Ecclesiastical Separation Evidenced in the New Evangelical and Fundamentalist Movements of the Middle Twentieth Century,” Ph.D. dissertation, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1999.

Ernest Pickering and Myron Houghton, Biblical Separation: The Struggle for a Pure Church, 2nd ed. (Regular Baptist Press, 2008).

Ernest Pickering, “Should We Ever Separate From Christian Brethren?” (Minneapolis: Central Press, n.d.). In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #0905984.

Joel S. Pinter, “Biblical Separation and Church Discipline in the Pastoral Epistles,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Bob Jones University, 1994 (item 003-0100 at www.tren.com)

Robert I. Potter, “Separation from Disobedient Brethren – Is It a Scriptural Doctrine?”, Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor [c. 1990]. In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #0723072.

John Rice, “Shall We Fight God’s People or Satan’s? Detailed Bible Exposition Showing That ‘Secondary Separation and Tertiary Separation’ Are Not Taught in the Bible.” The Sword of the Lord (Sep 3, 1971). (pdf: Rice, Shall We Fight God’s People or Satan’s, 1971)

Andrew Sandlin, “A Scriptural Examination of Secondary Separation,” The Biblical Editor (Winter 1992): 4!12.

Andrew Sandlin, “Second Thoughts of Secondary Separation,” Target 9:8 (Aug 1994): 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 22. In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #0776344.

Charles Seet, “The Principle of Secondary Separation (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15),” The Burning Bush 2/1 (Jan 1996): 40-48. In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #0826164.

Mark Sidwell, The Dividing Line: Understanding and Applying Biblical Separation (BJU Press, 1998). Portions are online here.

Joseph M. Stowell, “Where We Stand Today,” The Gospel Witness (23 January 1975).  In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #1078674. (pdf: Stowell, Where We Stand Today, 1974)

John D. Talley, “A Study of Ecclesiastical Separation,” Th.M. Thesis, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, 1974. (item 002-0218 at www.tren.com)

John D. Talley, “The Basis for Ecclesiastical Separation,” Fundamentalist Journal 2 (April 1983): 22-25, 52.

W. Wilbur Welch, “Does Biblical Separation Destroy Christian Unity,” privately published booklet, Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary, c. 1978.  In Fundamentalism File, Bob Jones University, ref. #0923987. (pdf: Welch, Does Biblical Separation Destroy Christian Unity, c 1978)

Robert W. Wesley, “The Practice of Secondary Separation in the Light of 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15,” Th.M. Thesis, Capital Bible Seminary, 1982. (item 004-0022 at www.tren.com)

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  2. Chuck, this is very helpful. Thanks.

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  4. Just a note to let you know the Cyber Hymnal (linked from your blog), has a new URL: http://www.hymntime.com/tch. Please spread the word!

    God bless…

    Dick

  5. This link is not working –
    Mark Minnick, Interview by Mark Dever (audio), 05 May 2008

    Do you know of any work-around?

    PS: Thanks for your hard work on this vital theme.

  6. Try http://resources.christianity.com/details/mrki/20080525/21e4a8b5-9f3a-44e2-86c7-884ff1a01a4b.aspx

    I’ve updated the link; thanks for pointing out the break.

  7. am i getting updates………great scripture thank you

  8. […] Resources on Ecclesiastical Separation […]

  9. Chuck … goo d resources …. Thanks

    Just posted on S/I here

    http://sharperiron.org/filings/3-19-10/14300

  10. Wanted to mention General Session 1 of the 2010 Shepherd’s Conference. MacArthur explicitly jumps in with both feet.

  11. Hi Chuck,

    It has been a long time since I met you in Decatur. I hope all is going well.

    I noticed some links listed under “Nathan Busenitz” are not working. It looks like the links are for an old blog. His new blog does not have the 2006 archives.

    Take care,

    For His glory,

    Darren

  12. Good stuff, but many of the links are broken or no longer active sites. FYI.

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