“A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to ‘accept’ Christ without forsaking the world.” ~AW Tozer
Growing up in a Holiness and Pentecostal environment, I often heard the term worldliness. A nonbiblical word. Those of us in the church didn’t need a definition. We knew what worldliness was. It was looking like the world, talking like the world, acting like the world, and coveting the world. It was the heart sickness Lot’s wife had when, longing for Sodom, she looked back. We didn’t “drink, smoke, chew, or run around with those who do,” dance, wear jewelry, covet material possessions, swim half-nude with the opposite gender, show a lot of skin, look at dirty pictures, or get intimate with someone outside of heterosexual marriage (redundant, as heterosexual is the only kind of marriage there is). We had morals.
Liberty to do what? sin freely? be worldly?
What is so wonderful about the world that you want to mix and mingle with it? or to be like it? What part of the world are you craving? Even Keith Green, a nontheologian, observed, “So you wanna go back to Egypt.”
I like what the old preacher Bud Robinson said after he visited New York: “I thank You, Lord, that I didn’t see a thing I wanted.”
If you want anything this world has to offer, you are worldly. Or culturally assimilated.
If the world doesn’t, first of all, make you sick, I question whether or not you’ve ever been born again.
There is nothing the world has to offer that didn’t come from the evil one. Because Satan is “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves 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. The world and its lusts pass away, but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17).
Paul said, “The world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14). He didn’t want any part of it. He told us, “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God and be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).
“Don’t company with fornicators,” and many other unbelievers. “With such an one, no, not [even] to eat” (1 Corinthians 5:9-11).
If “you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, walk in Him: rooted and edified in Him, and established in the Faith … [and] beware lest anyone spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:6-8). After all, “if you are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why [are you] living in the world?” (Colossians 2:20).
“Abstain from the very appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). “Deny ungodliness and worldly lusts … live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12).
James said, “Keep yourselves unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). “Don’t you know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? … a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).
John said, “They are of the world: therefore, they speak of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God” (1 John 4:5, 6). “The world knows us not, because it knew Him not” (1 John 3:1). “Marvel not if the world hate you” (1 John 3:13). It hates you because you are identified with Christ. “If you were of the world, the world would love you; but because you are not of the world, the world hates you” (John 15:18, 19).
I say these things now because I heard the other night that the Grammys were especially bad. I never watch the Grammys. Or the Oscars. I watch no award show. I don’t even approve the Dove awards. There is no sane reason for Christians to model themselves after the world in giving and receiving awards. Or even for the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, whom I love and appreciate, to refer to themselves as “Grammy-winning,” even if it is true. Awards are worldly.
I heard that a certain “Christian” walked out of the Grammys the other night. If she was really Christian, she wouldn’t have been there. And walking out did not score any brownie points because she, then, turned around and showed her tolerance by saying that “they have their values, and I have mine.”
Biblical values are absolutely absolute. They are not mere suggestions. And we don’t tolerate sin.
When are Christians going to “man up” and kiss the world good-bye?
“The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down.” ~AB Simpson
Copyright © 2014 Alexandra Lee