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In the purest form of Christian perspective. Were the Christians meant to be of a society all of their own? In first John I find a reference to describe an anti-christ as one who goes away from the church literally, like leaving to go home.

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:18-21)

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Presently, it wouldn't be so much a society as a family. But in the kingdom to come, there will be only that one family with similar mores like a society, with the Father ruling over all. – Steve Mar 24 '14 at 13:27
Not a physical society (like in the OT), but a spiritual society in the NT times, Universal Church. – WelcomeNewUsers Mar 24 '14 at 15:50

Were the Christians meant to be of a society all of their own?

The Church, i.e., "Christians," are the "set-apart ones." the very nature of what we are makes us separate from the remainder of humanity.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. —John 15:19-20 (AV)

If we (believers/Christians) are not of the world, then we are, indeed, separate from the world. Ours is a spiritual society (as mentioned by Aaron Korn above).

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. —John 17:14-16 (AV)

The words of Yeshua are both powerful and definitive, "You are not of the world..." Though you are in the world, you are not a part of the world system, you have been separated out from that.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, —2 Corinthians 6:17 (AV)

Here, Paul cited a portion of Isaiah 52:11 and Ezekiel 20:41. Those passages speak of Israel’s redemption. God’s people are redeemed from pagan bondage (come out from them and be separate) in order to be clean before God (touch no unclean thing) and thus enjoy fellowship with him (I will receive you).

In Galatians Paul spoke of the bondage of those who are under the obligation of the Law (Galatians 3:13–14; 4:5; cf. 2 Corinthians 3:7–9). Paul wrote to Titus that redemption implied two things: (a) deliverance “from all wickedness” and (b) a purified people who are “His very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:14). Personal purity makes it possible to serve God and be received by him.

All of this comes together to show that Christians are a separate society within a society (in the world, but not of the world). Our being a separate society does not suggest elitism; where we have no interaction with the world around us. Yeshua most definitely interacted with the world around him, but he was never a part of the world system.

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I meant more like living together. – Decrypted Mar 31 '14 at 11:27

NO. The people of God are the saints.

1 John 3;7-8 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works od the devil.

Two groups remain at the end of time, the righteous and the wicked. 3 John;11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. Jude 3,5 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certian men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only LORD God, and our LORD Jesus Christ. I will therefore put in rememberance, though ye once knew this, how that the LORD, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Revelation 14;12 Here is the patience of ther saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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I meant more like living together. – Decrypted Mar 31 '14 at 11:28
1 Corrinthians 2;9 – V. Rollins Apr 3 '14 at 21:26
Then this verse does not mean to kick out of the society "Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." (1 Corinthians 5:5 NKJV) – Decrypted Apr 4 '14 at 0:43

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