AMEN! It doesn’t get much better than this. My favorite parts:
“Some persons arrogantly call “do nots” legalism, consider proscriptions oppressive, and thank God they are out from under that yoke. They boast of liberty. Liberty to do what? sin freely? be worldly? What is so wonderful about the world that you want to mix and mingle with it? or to be like it? What part of the world are you craving? Even Keith Green, a nontheologian, observed, “So you wanna go back to Egypt.” … If you want anything this world has to offer, you are worldly. Or culturally assimilated. If the world doesn’t, first of all, make you sick, I question whether or not you’ve ever been born again. There is nothing the world has to offer that didn’t come from the evil one. Because Satan is “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4)…. When are Christians going to “man up” and kiss the world good-bye?”
“A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to ‘accept’ Christ without forsaking the world.” ~AW Tozer
Growing up in a Holiness and Pentecostal environment, I often heard the term worldliness. A nonbiblical word. Those of us in the church didn’t need a definition. We knew what worldliness was. It was looking like the world, talking like the world, acting like the world, and coveting the world. It was the heart sickness Lot’s wife had when, longing for Sodom, she looked back. We didn’t “drink, smoke, chew, or run around with those who do,” dance, wear jewelry, covet material possessions, swim half-nude with the opposite gender, show a lot of skin, look at dirty pictures, or get intimate with someone outside of heterosexual marriage (redundant, as heterosexual is the only kind of marriage there is). We had morals.
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