Do Not Love the World

The apostle doesn’t pull any punches in 1 John 2:15-17.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father, but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Jeff Pollard cited a compelling definition of the world from Dr. Robert Laws (1851-1934), a Scottish missionary who ministered in what is now Malawi, Africa for 50 years. 

“The world is the mass of unbelieving, unspiritual men, the social organism of evil,” wrote Laws.  “The wicked system is the domain of Satan and its religions, philosophies, goals, desires, fashions, and pleasures which originate from radically depraved hearts and by its nature is utterly hostile to the Lordship of Christ, His will and His people.”

Pollard, an elder of Mt. Zion Bible Church in Pensacola, Florida, said, “This is a life dominated by our senses, our desires. This is simply the everyday life lived by average people who do not know Christ.

“John is prohibiting Christians from loving the satanic system of personal delights and sensual pleasures.  He is prohibiting the adopting of its ideas and seeking the approval of the unchristian world around you. 

By contrast, “if you are faithful to the Lord, the world will hate you.” 

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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