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Those who love the world are not one with God


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So I was going through Facebook yesterday and one of the groups I am a member of showed a young man proposing to his boyfriend. It was done at the front of a “church” and all the people gathered there cheered.
My heart sank.
They have embraced the world and don’t even realize that they have. What does the Bible have to say about this:
1 John 2:15 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
James 4:4 – 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.
Anything of the world is against God. Homosexuality is a sin and so is of the world. So it is against God. Every person within the building that was once known as a “church” made it clear that they love the world and so hate God.
Romans 1:26 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Now you see my sorrow. This has become the common place, the ordinary, which adds to my pain. Yes my pain. For it hurts to see people thinking they are worshiping God and thinking they are one with God when they are not. They are living in a lie, a fabrication of reality. And who is the father of lies? It isn’t God. So if they are not worshiping God and they are worshiping within a lie then they are in reality worshiping Satan.
What is Satan’s fate? To be thrown into the pit of fire along with any that follow him.
How long will they be there? For all eternity.
Revelation 20: 10 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Isaiah 66:24 – And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: snobs


Occasionally I like to go for Sunday drives with my wife. We both enjoy doing them. I try my best to go the back way whenever possible so as to enjoy the scenery of God’s creation.
Usually these little outings go well. This last Sunday however did not have the usually enjoyment. It wasn’t due to either of us or the scenery about us. This day’s enjoyment decreased as we started getting into an area filled with large houses and massive acreage being used for nonproductive matters.
As we entered into this area and stayed within it for nearly an hour we encounter other drivers that did not follow the laws of the road. Not staying in their own lanes and doing things that obstructed traffic. Once we stopped at a small convenience store and as I started to turn into the parking spot the driver side door of an expensive car suddenly flung open blocking the parking spot. Nearly a minute after this a woman decided to exist this vehicle and with a haughty look, looked upon both my wife and myself with disdain since our car was not on the same par as hers. She then slowly closed the door and walked in the middle of the parking spot I wished to pull into as she headed to the same store we wished to visit.
Shortly after this within another store we decided to go into we over hear an encounter between a customer and someone in the pharmacy. Apparently the employee was inconvenienced to walk ten feet and the customer was in turn bothered to accompany the employee the same ten feet to get what she was requesting.
So we get back onto our little adventure and still encounter poor driving habits that in one instance endangered my wife and myself.
When finally free of this area of expensive houses and ritzy stores suddenly we were able to once again relax and enjoy the country side and beauty of the sunny day.
As I was able to relax once again I started reflecting on the previous hour I had just encountered and was saddened. It is amazing how the Bible is not being taught correctly to the point that people that see themselves as a higher quality of humanity than of anyone else. Yet the Bible teaches us that we are all the same.
This also reminded me how the Bible again is not being taught correctly. Many times The Bible says to love one another, but here is what many do not realize. It is not a love for all humanity, but for those that are like us that have asked Christ into our lives and seek to be a reflection of Him.
Does this say that those that call themselves “Christian” should behave as those I encountered this last weekend? No it does not. In fact the Bible encourages humility. The act of placing all others before ourselves. Yet this is not the mentality of those we encountered this last Sunday. Their mentality is that all must bow and worship them for they are wealthy with the riches of the world.
They do not realize that in reality they are to be pitied. For they have embraced the temporal rewards of this world.
Mark 10:17 – As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

What does an enemy of the cross look like?


This is a question not enough people even attempt to ask let alone try and find the answer too. It is sad really.
Why is it sad though?
I will tell you. For many, more than most may ever realize have made themselves the enemy of the cross of Jesus Christ.
How can I say this? How can I be so heartless and cruel to say such a statement?
To be honest it is not out of heartlessness, but out of pure love. It is not cruel, but it is painful.
Here is how this issue is approached in the book of James
James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
Here is another perspective:
Philippians 3: 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.
Now let’s look at each thing that leads to being an enemy of God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
First and foremost, befriending the world.
Friend – philos – friendly; subst: a friend, an associate.
World – kosmos – the world, universe; worldly affairs; the inhabitants of the world; adornment
Secondly pride
Proud – proud, arrogant, disdainful.
Thirdly their appetite
In the KJV the word belly is used which is “koilia” meaning belly, womb, the inner man. Per the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament it appear that Paul, the author of Philippians was extremely angry at those that had at first turned to Christ and then turned their back upon the Savior.
What is important to state here is that those that made the dictionary could not say for sure what Paul meant when he used the word “koilia.” However for other references within the NT it is referenced to where sin come from, that being from within each and every person (Mark 7:18-23).
Fourth they “brag about shameful things”
Again in the KJV it reads as : “whose glory is in their shame”
Glory – doxa – honor, renown, glory splendor
Shame – aischune – shame, shamefacedness, shameful deeds
Personally I would translate this as: they take honor in their shameful deeds.
And lastly – “they think only about this life here on earth.”
So someone that is the enemy of the cross, which leads to damnation looks like someone that thinks only of their earthly lust and desires and takes pride in their actions no matter how crude it may be, for all they care about is their own satisfaction and of nothing nor of anyone save themselves. So those supporting this person that lives this way are themselves becoming this persons “friend” and so as is shown above in the verses of James are “make yourself an enemy of God.”

To be friends of the world is to be an enemy of God


Now we are told within the Bible to reprove, rebuke and exhort with use of and for the Bible (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Now I say this because there are those that call themselves “Christian” and have befriended the world. A prime example is one of the Republican Party candidates that used the adage of “love the sinner hate the sin,” but also said he attended his homosexual friend’s wedding. This person has befriended the world and so has turned his back upon God.
If he truly placed God first he would have told that friend in love that pursuing this relationship to the point of marriage is a sin to God and he should seriously rethink that relationship. This is not what was done though. He has embraced the world and his friend and in so doing he has turned his back upon God.
James 4: 4 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.