Christian! Love Not the World
James 1:27 - Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Seeds of doubt concerning God's Word, slowness to confess and forsake sin mark as infected with worldly pollution. But there is deliverance through Christ!
Worldly Pollution: What, then, is that world against which we are warned by the Lord? That world whose friendship constitutes spiritual adultery, the love of which stands in opposition to the love of God?
It is the familiar world of sinful human society which swells about and beneath us as the waters of the flood once surged and churned around the ark of Noah. No Christian need fail to recognize it, provided he wants to know what it is and where it is located. Here are a few infallible marks of identification:
1. Unbelief: Wherever men refuse to come under the authority of the inspired Scriptures, there is the world. Religion without the Son of God is worldly religion. To come into understanding with those who live in unbelief is to love the world. A Christian should be far away from the beliefs of the unbelief, even when we reach out to them projection Christ.
2. Impenitence: The people of the world will readily admit that they are sinners, but their lack of repentance for sin distinguishes them from the children of God. The Christian mourns over his sin and is comforted. The worldling overcomes his gilt of sin and continues in it.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Deliver me, Lord, from worldly pollution. I want to turn from the negative and engage the positive. Help me be consistent in my faith and unwavering in You. This prayer I make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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