“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).
Who you listen to will greatly determine what you believe. The Bible says that if you associate with fools, it will lead to destruction. This is a principle that many try to ignore in order to justify the sin in their life.
Once I had a man tell me of all the great witnessing he had been doing with some of his friends. He gave a glowing and glorious report of how openly the Word of truth was received by his friends. “Of course,” he said, “the only way I could get them to listen was to smoke pot, do drugs, and drink a little with them.” I wondered if the friends were really so high on the Word or if they were just “high.” I also wondered how he could tell.
It is possible that some of the Word may have sunk in, but the truth is, God’s Word can get you “high” without drugs or alcohol. You don’t have to become like the world in order to witness to the world. Yes, we must go into the dark places to witness and to take the light of the gospel to a dark world. However, we don’t live there and take on their characteristics.
Years ago, a man told me he felt he was being called to witness to the strippers at a local club. He indicated that his plan was to go to the club on a regular basis and befriend the women who worked there. I suspect he was probably planning on having a “laying on of hands” service. I told him that he could witness to these ladies, but that he should have his wife with him and that it would be best if he witnessed to them at places other than the nightclub. After all, these women go to the grocery store, the laundromat, and other places just like everyone else does.
If God has called you to witness in a place where sin is openly practiced, then you had better be 100% positive that it’s God calling you. With the anointing of God on your life, you can do anything He’s called you to do. But without His calling and anointing, you will be operating in the flesh and the flesh will win. You are not the exception to God’s Word.