Fish live in the water, you live on the land, your very best friend cannot be a fish.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14)
The wicked are not the friends of God, nor are they an enemy, at least not in the sense that they can inflict pain or damage upon Him who sits on the throne of eternity, they are unrepentant even with the knowledge that God alone is Sovereign. If those you call your friends mostly consist of those wicked people, then you are doing a dishonor to the Lord. Here is where most people will quote, and wrongly in the context, Mark 2:16, “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?”
Jesus’s response was, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17) Contemplate this, did Christ become close personal friends with those who denied who He is, did He spend all His available hours with those who despised Him, or those that sought Him out for who He is, Lord of Lords and King of Kings? Who travelled with Him for those three plus years, those who hated Him or those that loved Him, and who did He associate with on a consistent level, the wicked or the saved?
I have heard every possible excuse under the sun on this subject from those who claim Christ as Lord, “They are part of my family,” “I have known them for years,” but the most prevalent has been, “You never know if God will call them.” And the verse I offer that they despise me for saying? “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matt. 7:6)
The analogy fits, if you are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ you breath the air of this world, those who are the wicked live in the ocean, if you jump into that water and attempt to live there as their friend in the hopes they will come to Christ, you will die.
Now, you can go into that water, in fact, you are commanded to, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) but only for a short time. You are not going to be able to resist your flesh or the pull of Satan’s world for very long if you try to stay in that place, no one but Jesus Christ has ever been tempted and not fallen.
Here then is something you may learn from, those who only profess Him with their lips but believe themselves to be saved, and many who may indeed be saved believe they can live in the world and only come up for air once a week for an hour or so on Sunday morning. Their thoughts are concerned with the things of the world, with self, with their friends and family who have denied the Lord Jesus, continually and for years, but once a week they believe is all they need to revitalize themselves, if you will, in worship and praise of the Most High.
Most of them are deceiving themselves about their salvation, for Matthew 7:14 stands as truth, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” but I cannot completely explain why those who are saved would choose to continue to try to live under the water, save for those reasons previously stated.
This earth is not our home, our citizenship is in heaven, our purpose is to glorify God in this life, and one of the main ways we do that is by seeking the lost. The problem seems to be that few can discern between the wicked that the wrath of God abides on, and the lost. The lost will come up out of the water onto the shore, perhaps not for long at first, but one day in God’s time they will make it their new home, never returning to the depths of that place again.
The wicked will do all they can to drowned you.