Is the World Offensive to You?
- Date: May 12, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you..." (2 Corinthians 7:16)
- From Friends
We need to be sure that we understand the spirit of the world. As we read 1 John 2:16 ["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."], many hear the apostle speaking to us by the spirit telling us that all that is in the world is lust and we emphasize the lust of the flesh and the lust eyes. But the biggest problem, as that verse goes on, is the pride of life. It is the pride of thinking, "I can run my own life." That is the spirit of the world; that is the spirit of antichrist. It is the doctrine of the Adamic nature, the pride of life: "I'll make my decisions. I'll provide for myself. I will set my own value system. Then I'll go to the Scriptures to find passages that agree with my will, which will become my favorite scriptures." Some of us are almost afraid to read the passages that require death to self. We fear the thought that, possibly, God might put His hand on our wealth, our health, our "Isaac," or our will. We have to be careful that we do not become vexed like Lot with what we are seeing and hearing on a daily basis. Some of our greatest vexation comes from "Christian" radio and "Christian" television. That is because most of us here do not give credibility to what is obviously secular. What do you listen to? "I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts" (Psalm 119:63). When we are talking about coming out of the world, we are not just talking about the secular or the lascivious. We are talking about the doctrine of antichrist that is being promoted in "Christian" media and even in some evangelical fundamentalist churches today. That's what we need to guard our hearts against.
What does it really means to be a friend of the world? So many of us think that it means to be sold out to the world: absolutely carnal and fleshly and indulging in every available vice. That is not friendship with the world. Friendship with the world means being committed to or having affection for the world. It is much like the spirit of covetousness. Covetousness looks at different things - - whether it's a job, or money, or prestige, or reputation - - and there is a sighing, there is a desire, there is a delight in it. There is something there that is drawing and attracting you.
Is the world is offensive to you? What is in the world that attracts you and that you want to associate with when the Holy Spirit's admonition to us in Corinthians is, "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17)?