(1 John 2:15-17) (v-15) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (v-16) For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. (v-17) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
When was the last time you heard a sermon on worldliness? You know the kind of sermon in which the preacher speaks boldly and plainly about worldliness and warns of the dangers of being more worldly-minded. Sadly, we seem to hear very little of this subject now days?
The Christian in the world is like a boat in the water. The boat is in the water, but the water is not suppose to be in the boat. If the water got into the boat the boat sooner or later would sink. Likewise, the Christian is in the world, but the world is not supposed to be in the Christian. If the world is in the Christian, then the Father is not in him and the Christian will sink into sin and therefore be lost.
What does the bible teach? The New Testament instructs us about separation from the world. (Romans 12:1-2) (v-1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (v-2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
These and similar scriptures make it emphatically clear that, as God’s people, we must be different from the world and must not conform to the world. Worldliness is anything of this world that comes between a man and God. It is anything that keeps a man from the spiritual life for which God created him. Being worldly-minded is the opposite of being spiritually minded. (Titus 2:11-12) (v-12) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (v-13) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
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