Coexist?: Not in God’s kingdom
And that you may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses. Leviticus 10:10,11
When God charged his priests to “put a difference” between two contrasting opposites of practice, he was demanding they promote and uphold his standards. Difference means contrast and significant change in direction and outcome. By their very nature, two opposing views cannot coexist.
In Matthew 6, Jesus (the high priest of the New Covenant) echoed the same specificity that God commanded the priests of the Old Covenant. The spiritual dissonance between opposites do not attract and cannot co-exist. He explained it using God and Mammon as contrasting and irreconcilable opposites.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Cannot is a definitive word expressing incapacity, inability, denial of permission. The word opposite means contrary or radically different in nature and context. The world wants to erase the lines of difference and redraw them as all the same, but God calls us to MAKE differences in the things on which he deems worthy to place such distinctions. Without such distinctions, the option to choose is taken away. And choice is a gift God gave to man.
Remember Joshua’s powerful and stirring charge he gave to the the children of Isreal?
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 24:15
The entire coexist mantra is of the devil and should be rejected as an attempt to reduce God and his standards into a bowl of mushy gray slush. Jesus cannot coexist with any of the religious figureheads of time. His uniqueness and divinity as the only begotten Son of God distinguishes him as THE only way (an exclusive declaration), not a way to God.
Here’s what’s important to God, to choice and the need to understand that there must be a difference.
Jesus said either with him or your against him Mt 12:30
A person is either holy or unholy Lev 10:10
Jesus said you must be hot or cold Rev 3:15
When Jesus returns you will either be ready or not ready Mt 25:1-13
There are only two choices of eternal destiny: heaven or hell
There can be no fellowship of light and darkness Eph 5:11
You are either a son or a bastard Heb 12:7,8
You cannot be in the Kingdom of God if you are in the kingdom of darkness Col 1:13