The Lord Jesus Christ commanded that those follow Him must separate themselves completely from the world. The more a Christian learns to obey God’s word, the more separated from the world he becomes.
It is interesting to note, that God explains the requirements of true repentance, before the Messiah will come back to save those in Jerusalem. The final requirement is that the Jewish people separate by sex. Each extended family will meet together, but the women will meet separately. This same command extends to war, purification, and divine service. As the apostle Paul said, the best work for God is done by those who are single, and not encumbered with pleasing their spouse. A single person really should not try to become married. God has a special plan for those that are single, that he cannot give to those that are married.
When it comes to true repentance, we have to step away from our marriage is to truly accomplish it. For it to be real, it cannot be coed.
It is a very interesting thing to watch; when a woman enters a room with there is only men. That lone woman becomes the center of every individual man’s attention. It does not matter what the men were doing before she entered. They might’ve been praying, pouring out their hearts to God, or intently studying Scripture, but a woman enters the room, and every man becomes distracted. They cannot focus on what they’re doing anymore; their concern goes out to the woman.
In order for men to focus, they cannot have a woman present. They can have other men present, but they cannot have any females present. The same follows when men repent, they cannot be around even a single woman. They must be around other men. Not being a woman, I suspect the opposite is true as well. Women cannot truly be themselves, and be honest, unless they are with those of their same sex and family.
It used to be unheard of, in any Christian church that the men and women would sit together. Men would sit on their side, or in front, and the women on their side or in back. Children sit with the womenfolk, but as they mature, the boys would move to sit with the men. It is often very interesting to notice that in churches today, once the romantic intrigue ends up dating and courting, this seems to naturally happen. The wives go off by themselves in the nursery, and spend the church hour socializing with other women and children. Whoever is in charge of keeping order in the church, knows that they must visit the nursery and kick out as many women as possible. Even the teenage girls like to hang out there, unless they are trying to catch the eye of some stupid fellow.
Jesus warned us that we must separate ourselves from the world, forcing racial integration, imposing coed living, and worshiping in a coed environment, has done much to break down both the appeal and effect of our churches today. We may not be able to change the status quo, and we may feel like we are stuck with a coed lifestyle, but if we dared to be different, and dared to be holy, maybe we would find out that God’s way is actually better! Of course it always is!
From Zechariah 12.