“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
—1 John 2:15-16
A popular saying in many churches is “We are IN this world but we are not OF this world.”
IF only that were true.
A better way of putting it would be: “You are either a friend of the world or a friend of God.”
You can’t be both.
It is the very, very rare individual who escapes the snares of this world.
Especially if that individual lives in the World’s Richest Country: the United States of America. The USA specializes in worldly things and temptations. The USA exports temptation to the rest of the world.
All that is in the world tempts those who live in it. And even when the true Christian breaks free of the world’s grip, the world never stops trying to re-entangle that believer.
The world doesn’t lose too many and the world DOES NOT like to talk about the “one who got away.”
Music, food, entertainment, society, parties, jobs, family, the church: the world will use anything and everything to lure the believer back into its deadly grip.
But the pleasures of the world are for a season.
Salvation is for eternity.
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
—1 John 2:17
The true believer (besides having the Holy Spirit as a Guide into ALL truth) has the confidence that friendship with the world means a person is an ENEMY OF GOD.
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
And no true believer wants to be an enemy of God.
There is no “gray area.”
There is no “straddling the fence.”
One is either a friend of the world or a friend of God.
Which will it be?
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
- SELLING SIN BY ANOTHER NAME: The American Dream
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Separating from the World: END TIMES SURVIVAL
- To the World With Love: Signed, the American Christian
- END TIMES APOSTASY: Revolt not Revival
- WARNING: Seven Warnings for the End Times
- Weapons of Our Warfare: END TIMES SURVIVAL
- PREPARING FOR THE END TIMES: What Did Jesus Command?
- PREPARING FOR THE END TIMES: Part 2
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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