2 Corinthians 6:14-7;4
14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
and I will welcome you.
18 And I will be your Father,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
7 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
2 Please open your hearts to us. We have not done wrong to anyone, nor led anyone astray, nor taken advantage of anyone. 3 I’m not saying this to condemn you. I said before that you are in our hearts, and we live or die together with you.4 I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles.
Paul sees his separateness from unbelievers on how they see the Temple. How can there be idols in the Temple? And then he makes his point. We as believers are the Temple of the living God!”
The separation required must have to do with who or what we allow in “our Temple. We can certainly allow unbelievers in as long as we are careful to not let them “set up their idols in our Temple.
Obviously, in marriage or business partnerships, it is hard to keep the idols out. But the point in 7:1–is ”cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit and seek holiness.”