Just A Little Worldly?
- Date: May 18, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: " Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)
- From Friends
Everywhere you turn these days -- whether in television, magazine articles, or theaters - - have you noticed that one of the main themes is that everything is apocalyptic? We are going to get hit by a meteor! No, it's going to be earthquake! No, the ozone is going to go! People are sensing that something is on the horizon. We know it is Jesus! He is coming for a bride that is without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27). "...When He comes, will He find faith on the earth" (Luke 18:8)? He is not coming for people who are friends of the world, who are sojourners through church, and citizens of the kingdom of darkness. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any many love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him" (1 John 2:15) The spirit of God has been speaking to me, and I am just trying to share with you what I am hearing. I think that, probably more than at any time in my life, I can truly say that I have no personal agenda. I am trying to take care of the lives Father has entrusted to us and to get as many of us as possible into His presence. I believe the greatest danger to us, the body of Christ, today is the sales pitch of the "Madison Avenue" church: the "easy believism," the church of tolerance, the church of a Christianity that has no cross, and requires no repentance or contrition or submission or death to self. It is a popular message. This "Madison Avenue" church controls all of the airways; they have the greatest reputations; they rub shoulders with the powerful people and politicians. "...Not many mighty, not many noble, are called..." (1 Corinthians 1:26). The true church is what it has always been: the weak, the despised, and the hated, those who identify with the Lordship of Jesus and embrace hatred by the world as a badge of something to boast in. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). These two terms, enmity, and enemy are really the same thing. To be the friend of the world is to be at enmity with God. The world speaks not only of hostility, but; it has its own gospel; it has its own citizens; it has its own philosophy. Those of the worldly gospel name the name of Jesus and they talk about Christianity, but it is a crossless gospel. While they name the name of Jesus, in the final hour, they will stand before Him and hear Him say, "Depart from me, you workers of iniquity! I never knew you" (Luke 13:27). This worldly church and its gospel embrace a broad way that leads to destruction. Jesus said, very clearly, that He knew what was in man, and therefore He would not commit Himself to them (John 2:24). Yet some of us want to make commitments, and make friends, and do all of these things, with people that we don't even know. We need to be discerning. Don't be quick to embrace everybody who says, "Lord, Lord"--who names the name of Jesus. Even the demons believe (James 2:19). How do we make this distinction, and how dangerous is it to associate with the world? Hostility, adversarial, hatred - - these are the terms, in the Greek, that describe the word enmity, or "being the enemy of God." "Well, my friends, associations, relationships and involvements are only a little worldly." So, you hate God only a little? You are only adversarial to the Word of God in a few things?