I wonder what the Bible mean to many Christian today; perhaps, decoration, like some women does with wedding ring on the bed of adultery. The Lord Jesus said:
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:46 (KJV)
He is not your Lord except you choose to obey all His word. If you don’t, you should not be surprised to hear:
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matt 7:23 (KJV)
The Lord commands His own people:
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. 1 John 2:15 (KJV)
The Lord who commands us to love one another says there is something NOT TO LOVE: THE WORLD. Obviously you know He is not talking about people or nature. He is talking about ‘KOSMOS’. The Greek word translated into world in the passage actually mean: order, passion, fashion, orderly fashion and system of the world. Verse 16 says:
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. 1 John 2:16 (KJV)
The Bible is talking about the ways of the world, the desires, fashions, adornments and system of the world. These are the things the Lord commands us to hate! We are to hate the things they desire. We are to hate their jewelry, their hair-dos, their revealing and contour showing dress, their effeminate styles, their Jezebel-like looks, their make-up and make-over. We are to hate their erotic laden movies and soaps, their pride and their en-vogue.
Unfortunately, these things our Lord commands us to hate are now the church’s bed-fellow! Pastors’ wives now out do worldly models. Women in trousers are not just freely called sisters but are now ministers in the church. Jerry-curls is now a way of showing some men are ministers of the gospel.
The world have so much taken over the church to the point, if any of the old saints; say Peter or Paul enter any of our sanctuary on a Sunday worship, he will take it for Heathen waiting to see the next Christian to burn on stake or released to lions.
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 (KJV)
Friends, am sure you are wise enough not deceive yourself even if pastors says ‘it doesn’t matter’. You know they will not be there to defend those words when you stand necked and alone before the judgment of the one who said: ‘love not the world’. Will you throw this away like before, or you’ll make an effort to check the scripture for yourself to see if those things were so? The choice is absolutely yours, but so is the destination!
The devil’s formula for corruption is still the same. He tries to change the LANGUAGE, DIET and GARMENT of God’s children. But Daniel purposed in his heart. You can stand by His grace against this tide of corruption. Love not the world.
Pastor Olufemi Ayodele
President Echo Ministry