To Love the World is to Love What God Hates



“Our God wants us to know Him, to fellowship with Him, and to love Him so that as we live day by day in a lost and dying world, we might be reflecting the God of light as we walk in His light,” said Jeff Pollard.

“To love the world is to love what God hates, to esteem what God loathes, to value what God rejects, to admire what God despises, to exalt what God condemns, to accept what God rejects, to savor what God vomits out, to call good what God calls evil.

“To love the world is to worship the creature instead of the Creator.  The Highway of Holiness, the narrow way, the only way that truly is life and life more abundantly is to worship the God who is light, to walk in the light as He is in the light.

“My dear friends, let us look to Christ by faith and walk in the beauty of holiness. Love not the world.  Love the true and living God in Christ Jesus by the power of His Spirit. Amen!” said Pollard.

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Riches of God’s Grace vs. Fool’s Gold of Lust



“Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins. He did this that He may deliver us from this present evil world, not so that we can set our affections on it,” said Jeff Pollard. 

“He died to deliver us from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  It is impossible then to love that world and the God of light.  No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other.

“God decreed from all eternity to save His people from the penalty, the power, the pleasure, and some day – praise the Lord – even the presence of sin.

“He predestinated us to be conformed to the image of His Son, not to the image of movie stars, rock stars, and celebrities of every sort.  Wrong image, wrong model.

“He did not lavish the riches of His grace upon us so that we could clutch the fool’s gold of lust and clutch it to our bosom as if we needed it for life.

“He did not hang the Son of God upon the cross so that we could live like those who hate Him.

“He did not send the Holy Ghost to stir up our affections for sensuality, materialism, self-glorification.  ‘If ye then be risen with Christ,’ writes Paul, ‘seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.’

“He does not give us new hearts so that we might be fashioned according to our former lusts.

“He does not feed us the bread of life so that we can hunger and thirst for the dead things of this world.

“He does not instruct us from His holy truth so that we might consume and live by the lying philosophies of darkened hearts.

“He does not add us to His holy church so that we can hang out with lost people and adopt their attitudes, their dreams, and their ways. You can have friends that are lost, but you ought to be talking to them about Christ.

“He does not give us His holy worship to be set aside for hunting, fishing, concerts and unnecessary travel.  We are not to take His worship and lay it aside like an empty dress.

“He did not clothe us with Christ’s righteousness so that we can expose our bodies with the immodest and licentious fashions of perverted designers.

“He did not open our eyes so that we can inflame our lusts with pornography or any of the media’s impure images. This is Christ’s blood-bought mind and body and soul; it is His — bought for and paid at Calvary.

“He did not open our ears so that we can listen to the lies of ungodly people.

“Brethren and young people, please hear this. Do we understand? Do we have enough discernment to know that much of the music, the videos, and the films of the world are simply catechisms from hell?  Over and over and over so that you love what they love. 

“He did not illuminate our minds to make them temples of Hollywood or false religions.  God does not reveal His eternal love in Christ Jesus to us so that we might love the world, but that we might know Him, fellowship with Him; know joy inexpressible, full of glory. 

“How is your joy level?  It won’t be true for everybody, but it might be connected to the love of the world. We want real joy, that lasts, that cannot be taken away from us,” said Pollard

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Christan Homeschooler Catalogued Satan’s Liturgy ‘To Be Cool’



“Many modern evangelical churches are afraid to be different,” said Jeff Pollard as he hinted about his distaste for churches which are ‘seeker-sensitive’, trying to be like the world to attract the world to come to God.

Pollard has seen that kind of bankrupt thinking poison some Christian homeschoolers who do not embrace the notion that we are to be in the world, but not of the world.

 “I saw a homeschool video here recently where the young man said very cockily, ‘Hey, you think we homeschoolers are weird.  We know all the best bands; we know all the best movies.’  He gave me a wonderful liturgy and list from hell. It was the world writ large. ‘We can be homeschoolers and cool too.’  No you can’t!

“It’s also tragic to me that many seem to have an idolatrous fear of being called a legalist.  So they’ll look at God’s word until they’ve kind of found that way around what it’s saying — get a commentary, hear a popular speaker that’s agreeing with them.  

“If you want to walk with Christ, it’s a walk under the cross. It’s not a popularity contest.  But under that cross, you’ll be walking with the Savior.  And that’s the best company in the world!  Be different in Christ, not because you try to make yourself weird or odd, but because the desire of your heart is to walk on the Highway of Holiness because it brings God glory.

“We must learn to discern the difference between darkness and light.  Commune with the God of light in prayer.  There is no communion, heart communion, transforming communion with the living God without prayer,” said Pollard.

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Plastic Flowers vs. God’s Fruit



 “We should love the Father with all of our heart, mind and soul.  It’s ‘inside out’, not ‘outside on’,” explained Jeff Pollard.

“In our neighborhood, we noticed that the bushes in front of the neighbor’s house always had colorful, blooming flowers” – no matter the season.  Their curiosity got the best of them.  “So, one day we drove up in their driveway.  We looked carefully. 

“Someone had tied these plastic flowers on these living bushes. They looked great from the road. Isn’t that the way some of us are?  We put things on from the outside, hoping that people will look at us and be impressed. 

“God wants to develop real fruit — every one of those fruit born of God’s Spirit within us. When God regenerates us by His spirit, he gives us new desires, a new life. We don’t start a new life with external things — wired-on flowers, but an inward heavenly life which works its way out.

“If that is true of you, your life will change, you will begin to love holy things.  As much as you may struggle, as much as you have to die to yourself, you will follow Christ, and you will deny yourself daily.  You know what?  You will be different from the world,” said Pollard.

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A Taste of The Highway of Holiness Conference



This video will give you a sense of not only the messages that God inspired on the topic of holiness over the last several days, but also how He used them to impact the lives of some attendees.

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The Church Need to Preach on Fear of God

Is Your Jesus Configured from Movies & Velvet Paintings?

“Do you have a Jesus put together from a few Jesus movies and velvet paintings?” asked Jeff Pollard.

“He purposed before the foundation of the world to save us by His holy Son.  The Father created all things through His beloved Son for sinners. The Father’s will is for His Son to save every single one that He gave in eternity.

“This God of light poured out all of His anger, His wrath upon His Son on the cross of Calvary.  He did this so that all who believe would have all of their s washed away, removed as far as the East is from the West.

“Dying on Calvary, rising again on the third day, Christ has done everything for our justification, our sanctification, and our glorification if we would believe on the God-man, the risen Son of glory.  The Father did all this so that we may walk in the light.

“Will you love this dazzling, life-transforming God of resplendent glory or this Satanic, God-hating system of the world?” asked Pollard.

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People Without Christ Are Zombies!



“Adam’s sinful children can only find life by satisfying their sinful desires,” declared Jeff Pollard.  “According to the Scriptures, it is nothing but a death-stop. 

“People without Christ are zombies, dead in their trespasses.  The wages of sin is death in every generation. 

“The pleasures of the world are momentary, leaving us with a desire for more.  What the world finds valuable and desirable evaporates like dreams from the shadows.  Possessions go, beauty goes, health goes. 

“Nothing in this world lasts but the soul.  It will forever be in the glorious holy presence of God, the light.  Or our soul will one day be forever in hell. We are one day closer to that moment,” said Pollard.

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The Pride of Life



One of the seductions that is irresistible to the depraved mind and a temptation to the Christian mind is to constantly brag about oneself — the pride of life.

“In the spiritual realm, it is about someone who exults in himself,” explained Jeff Pollard.  “The pride of life is the religion of self-glorification.  This is sinful dependence upon self, instead of a believing dependence on God. 

“Professing Christians can do this.  The pride of life hungers for the praise of men.  The human heart loves flattery, admiration, and self-display.

“I was in the music business,” part of a rock ‘n roll band called LeRoux that was founded in 1978.  Thousands of people were applauding, yelling with such thunderous acclaim that Pollard couldn’t even hear himself sing.

“The pride of life is the heart puffed up, a big blowfish, disfigured

“The God of Light calls His people into fellowship with Him. The lust of the eyes, the lust of flesh, and the pride of life squeeze that out.

“The fountain of the world is the Christless heart.  From within the souls of men proceed evil thoughts, murders, theft, wickedness, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. The culture is the expression of the human heart.

“The heart is either alive in Christ or it is rotting in the grave of lust,” concluded Pollard.

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The Lust of the Eyes



The lust of the eyes.

“Our eyes can be the source of delightful experiences” like the enjoyment of a sunset or colorful fall foliage.

“No other avenue has such an immediate avenue to your soul,” explained Jeff Pollard.  “The world can easily and quickly gain entrance into our soul through the eyes.

*  “Eve saw the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good for food, pleasant to the eyes. She was drawn by her eyes. 

*  “David saw Bathsheba washing herself atop in plain view from his palace.  He followed his eyes into the wicked desires of adultery.”

*  Today, men are inundated with provocative images on TV, at the movies and on-line. 

“Stirred up by the lust of the eyes, we permit images that lead to whoredom, greed, licentiousness, all manner of darkness.

“If you indulge the lust of the eyes, then you love the world,” said Pollard.

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The Lust of the Flesh



The lust of the flesh.  

“The Greek word for lust means the craving, the longings that are driven by our sinful nature,” said Jeff Pollard.

“God created our bodily appetites. When the God of light is absent from our hearts, the natural appetites become the lust of the flesh.  For example, it’s a good thing to eat, but when it’s hijacked by gluttony, it’s a sin.

“The catalogue of selfish human desires that spring up in man’s dark heart includes drunkenness, homosexuality, lying, adultery, and fornication.  They arise from the empty, grasping hearts of lost men. It is what gives their lives meaning,” said Pollard.

Horace Bushnell (1802-1876), an American Congregational theologian, wrote that the problem is the “hunger of the God-like soul deprived of God’s nutrition.  If God does not satisfy your soul, the only option is your own senses.”

Pollard was blunt, asking the audience, “Do you indulge the lust of the flesh?”

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If You Love the World, Repent!

Jeff Pollard warned us to “weigh carefully John’s conclusion:  ‘If you love the world, you do not love the Father.’

“All of us are tempted in this.  All of us!  Repent of it, mortify it.

“Love for the world and love for the Father cannot exist in the same person.  The struggle is in every Christian. But there is an answer in Christ.

Thankfully, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, our righteousness,” concluded Pollard.

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What 1 John 2 Is Not Prohibiting

Jeff Pollard clarified what 1 John 2:15-17 is not saying:

*  “John is not forbidding us from loving God’s creation.  He made it and it is good.

*  “John is not forbidding us from loving the souls of lost people. There is no contradiction between the message of John 3:16 and the message of First John.  God loved men and women, Gentiles and Jews, rich and poor, and every tongue and nation in order to save them through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said Pollard.

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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.” 

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Young Folks: I Know You Stick Out Like Sore Thumbs

“To the younger folks, I want to say something,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod.

“I know you stick out like sore thumbs.  Here comes Faith, Hope and Love.  You stick out like sore thumbs. You don’t have to say it.

“Be encouraged!  What is going on in your lives is so pure.  Someone is teaching you that out of the overflow of what Christ did on the cross, you present yourself thusly. The elders and your parents are taking the time to say, ‘Be holy, even as God is holy.’

“And when you’re laughed at, when your faith is mocked, love your enemies. Look for opportunities to share the Gospel. Don’t say, ‘I’m glad I’m not like them.’

“God is doing a marvelous thing in your family.  Love and honor your father and mother and what they are doing in your family.

Whatever you do, do not be ashamed of the Gospel that is coming out of you in every direction,” concluded McLeod.

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