BE CAREFUL ABOUT MINGLING WITH MIDIANITES; THEY'LL MESS UP YOUR LIVES
I just answered an email, asking me who I think the Midianites in Judges, chapter six represent. This was my answer: “I think the Midianites here probably represent the non-Christian people of this world, and the Christless culture of this fallen world, which will take over the lives of believers in Christ with their worldly influences and cause them to be robbed of their God-given blessings, their spirituality, etc. When and if God’s people begin to sin against Him, and flirt with the world this is what happens. Christians come into bondage to the modern-day Philistine, Midianite world around them. This is why following the example of people like Gideon and having spiritual leaders like him in churches is so important. I address this subject on the following links:
We can't help mingling with unbelievers. We have to as long as we are in this world. And we ought to. It's our duty and essential to the spread of the Gospel. But make sure you do it conscientiously determined to be "salt" and "light" among them. And be extremely careful, that in the process you do not let yourselves become deficient in your saltiness or let your light become dimmed.
“ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be
salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it
giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 513-16)