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 WORLDLINESS IS WRONG! DEAR CHURCH by Greg Gordon

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[b]Worldliness Is Wrong! Dear Church[/b]
[i]by Greg Gordon[/i]

A message to a church that is in adultery with the world

PECULIAR PEOPLE

The world is too much amongst us! God has called his church to be separate from the world. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye seperate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” God desires a Church that is “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Scripture says in another place: “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Horatius Bonar said over 200 years ago: “I looked for the Church and I found it in the world, and I looked for the world and I found it in the Church.” A worldly Church will never win the world. Keith Daniel said: “If we try to win the world by being like the world the world will win you!” A peculiar people is a powerful people! God anoints a set apart Church with the Power of His Spirit, there is no other way. We must be a peculiar people in these “last days,” God is calling apart a people that love the “things of God” more then the “things of the world.”

THE CHURCH WALKING WITH THE WORLD

The Church and the World walked far apart. On the changing shore of time; The World was singing a giddy song, The Church a hymn sublime. "Come give me your hand," said the merry World, "And walk with me this way," But the good Church hid her snowy hand, And solemnly answered, "Nay; I will not give you my hand at all, And I will not walk with you; Your way is the way of eternal death, And your words are all untrue." "Nay, walk with me a little space," Said the World with a kindly air, The road I walk is a pleasant road, And the sun shines always there. Your way is narrow and thorny and rough, While mine is flowery and smooth; Your lot is sad with reproach and toil, But in rounds of joy I move. My way, you can see, is a broad, fair one, And my gate is high and wide; There is room enough for you and me, And we'll travel side by side."

Half shyly the Church approached the World, And gave him her hand of snow; And the false World grasped it, and walked along, And whispered in accents low, "Your dress is to simple to please my taste; I have gold and pearls to wear; Rich velvets and silks for your graceful form, And diamonds to deck your hair." The Church looked down at her plain white robes, And then at the dazzling World, And blushed as she saw his handsome lip. With a smile contemptuous curled; "I will change my dress for a costlier one," Said the Church with a smile of grace; Then her pure white garments drifted away, And the World gave in their place Beautiful satins, and fashionable silks, And roses and gems and pearls; And over her forehead her bright hair fell. And waved in a thousand curls.

"Your house is to plain," said the proud old World, "I will build you one like mine, With kitchen for feasting and parlor for play, And furniture never so fine." So he built her a costly and beautiful house-Splendid it was to behold; Her sons and her daughters met frequently there, Shining in purple and gold. The Angel of mercy flew over the Church, And whispered, "I know thy sin;" Then the Church looked sad, and anxiously longed. To gather her children in. But some were away at the midnight ball, And others were at the play; And some were drinking in gay saloons, So she quietly went her way.

Then said the World in soothing tones, "Your children mean no harm-Merely indulging in innocent sports," So she leaned on his proffered arm, And smiled, and chatted, and gathered flowers, And walked along with the World, While countless millions of precious souls. Over the fearful brink were hurled. "Your preachers are all to old and plain," Said the gay World with a sneer; "They frighten my children with dreadful tales, Which I like not for them to hear. They talk of judgments and fire and pain, And the doom of darkest night; They warn of a place that should not be. Mentioned to ears polite! I will send you some of a better stamp, More brilliant and gay and fast, Who will show how men may live as they list. And then go to heaven at last."

"The Father is merciful, great, and good, Loving and tender and kind; Do you think He would take one child to heaven, And leave another behind?" So she called for pleasing and gay divines. Deemed gifted , and great, and learned; And the plain old men that had preached the cross, Were out of her pulpits turned. Then Mammon came in and supported the Church, And rented a prominent pew; And preaching and singing and floral display. Soon proclaimed a gospel new. "You give too much to the poor," said the World, "Far more than you ought to do; Though the poor need shelter, food, and clothes, Why need it trouble you?" "Go, take your money and buy rich robes. And horses and carriages fine; And pearls and jewels and dainty food, The rarest and costliest wine. My children, they dote on all such things. And if you their love would win, You must do as they do, and walk in the way. Which they are walking in."

Then the Church drew tightly the strings of her purse, And gracefully lowered her head, And simpered, "I've given too much away, I will do, sir, as you have said." So the poor were turned from her door in scorn, She heard not the orphans' cry; And she drew her beautiful robes aside. As the widows went weeping by. So they of the Church and they of the World. Journeyed closely, hand and heart, And none but the Master, who knows all, Could discern the two apart. Then the Church sat down at her ease and said, "I am rich and in goods increased; I have need of nothing, and naught to do, But to laugh and dance and feast."

The sly World heard her and laughed within, And mockingly said aside, "The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church, Her shame is her boast and pride." A voice came down from the courts of heaven, From Him who sat on the throne; "I know thy works and what thou hast said, But alas! thou hast not known That thou art poor and naked and blind, With pride and ruin enthralled; The expectant bride of a heavenly Groom. Is companion of the world! Humble thy heart, confess thy sin, Let shame now cover thy face; Or else, alas! I must cast thee out, And blot thy name from its place."

(Author Unknown)

"Adulterers and adulteresses! Know you not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself the enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, 'The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?" (James 4:4,5)


WORLDLINESS IN THE CHURCH

Leonard Ravenhill gives a litmus test for a man walking with God: "The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church...grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil." Truly today it is a time of “weeping” and “shame” of how the world is triumphing over the Church and walking over us. Christ said “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” What a fearful statement: “trodden under foot” Do we not see this today as the world is mocking and walking over all decency and any standard the Church stands for? The cry of the world is “Where is their God?” They do not see God in the Church, for the Church is powerless!

Samuel Chadwick said: “The Holy Ghost cannot conquer the world with unbelief, nor can He save the world with a worldly Church. He calls for a crusade, a campaign, and an adventure of saving passion. For this enterprise He wants a separated, sanctified and sacrificial people." Alas Christian do you find yourself not separated from the world? Read the words of A.W. Pink to see where your heart is at: "The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness."


A CHRISTIAN AND YET A WORLDLING?

Horatius Bonar speaks forth a rebuke to a worldly complacent Church: “Go on in your worldliness; fling yourselves headlong into the torrent of earth's vanities; but know that the end of these things is death! "Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15) "You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can't be a friend of God." (James 4:4). The point is settled. The Christian cannot take part with the world in its follies, and gaieties, and sins! What! A Christian and yet a worldling! singing its idle songs, hurrying through its mazy dance, partaking in its mirth and revelry! Impossible! We have ceased to be citizens of earth's polluted cities; we are citizens of heaven! We have a home--but not in the palaces or haunts of the world. We have a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens! ‘But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ!’”

Thomas Brooks said: “The honors, splendor, and all the glory of this world, are but sweet poisons. which will much endanger us, if they do not eternally destroy us.” Yet how many Churchmen without any anguish indulge in the worlds ways. How many Churches offer the people these “poisons” mixed with divine truth. What a deadly mixture! Church depart from the world, may we be able to say with the Apostle Paul: “the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world!” May it be so.


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 Re: WORLDLINESS IS WRONG! DEAR CHURCH by Greg Gordon

to be a part of the bride of Jesus Christ you have to be divorced from everything in this world

L Ravenhill



this is a true article, there is to be an GIGANTIC difference from those "inside" the church and those outside.... when we cant tell the difference what makes one think their eternal destination will be different?



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Greg,

I was at church on Sunday and they were singing this song and the words go something like this "I am a friend of God because I pray", and the Holy Spirit said to me "You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God."

In the message, there were verses from Hebrews 10:19,20 which says "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened up for us, through the curtain, that is, his body,". The Holy Spirit again said "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have gained knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and raging fire that will consume the enemies of God." Hebrews 10:26

Do you see what the common denominator is? By remaining worldly(James 4:4) and continuing in sin after gaining knowledge of the truth(Hebrews 10:26) we are "ENEMIES OF GOD".

Just so you know, God was speaking to me just as much as anybody else that was there, insomuch as that I am still worldly. I am not saying I am better than they are.

I believe God wants the full counsel to be presented to the people. Pastors have to be careful by what verses they use and which ones they leave out.

"My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge".
Hosea 4:6

I spoke to my pastor the next day and I told him about the verses that came to me and how I was concerned that there are a lot of people who think they are a friend of God when they are not and they are sitting in the church. I love my pastor and I want everyone to know God is not fooled by our coming near with our lips and our hearts remaining far away.

"He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord". 2 Chronicles 12:14



Murray


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Here are some comments on this article:

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DIVINE TRUTH! Jesus warned me to come out years ago! It has been such a blessing. Light can not co exist with darkness! When we seperate ourself then His light shines through our life. Glory to Jesus!



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Gregg - I do not know when this was written - yet it is a prophetic picture of much of the church today - They are very hard to tell apart from the world - yet there are some who hear and still believe what the word said.

If we love this world - we are an enemy of God - We are in this world but we are not of this world - for we have a heavenly kingdom and a King whom we love and obey - and yes the godly man is heartsick and burdened at the Worldness of the church as is Christ.

I am beginning to believe many in the lukewarm church are not even saved and will become the "One World Church."

Not only will they be an enemy of God - but sadly they will become an enemy of the true saints!

We must pray first and then speak truth.


WORLDLINESS IN THE CHURCH

Leonard Ravenhill gives a litmus test for a man walking with God: "The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church...grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil." Truly today it is a time of “weeping” and “shame” of how the world is triumphing over the Church and walking over us. Christ said “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” What a fearful statement: “trodden under foot” Do we not see this today as the world is mocking and walking over all decency and any standard the Church stands for? The cry of the world is “Where is their God?” They do not see God in the Church, for the Church is powerless!

Sincerely, Lynn



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While Greg's article above is certainly true, I believe there is another dimension to it also. Allow me to lift a scripture slightly out of context and apply it to those that claim to or should know better.

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We are still capable of running the race in the flesh thinking we are doing something for God. Unless we are joined at the hip with the Lord we will, after being set free from business as usual, be sucked right back into it from a different angle. The enemy knows all the tricks and the word of God is our only refuge and defense.

Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

We need to guard against false prophecy and trying to "make" revival happen. I know this statement will be immediately misinterpreted. I certainly have nothing against revival and the need for it is desperate.
Revival starts on an individual basis and God visits the sum of our groanings in his time. My personal take on it is that because we "are rich and increased with goods", national calamity will be the only thing that gets Christians to even think of being on the same page. In the mean time we stay humble before God and insist on his way despite our best efforts.




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thankyou, greg.


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In 1 Peter 3:1-3
A wife could win over her husband
WITH OUT WORD
and by the CONDUCT of her life
I believe when the world see's the church in purity and conduct of are life Like Jesus we will win them over
It will not be with outer adornment.......rock concernts, Or Trying to be like them.
I believe the arranging the hair
wearing gold, or puting on fine apparel
Is the christain trying to win over the world in a worldly way.
Rather its going to be v-4 the hidden person of the heart with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.
Paul could say follow me as I follow Christ.
Can we as Christain say this.
Or Paul, could say In 1 Thess 2:10
You are witnesses, and God also,
how devoutly and justly and Blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believed

Soulwon

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myfirstLove wrote:
thankyou, greg.

 2007/2/1 11:06
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I have to agree with soulwon.

[color=6600FF]Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. [/color]

Even though He had no beauty when He is lifted up the whole world is drawn to Him.


[color=6600CC]Jhn 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me. [/color]


I have this awesome video called:

"The Lewis Revival - Wind of the Spirit"

It is about the revival that Duncan Campbell was a part of. The people who give their testimonies on that video take your breath away. The longing in your heart is ignited to pray for the same. They have no fancy stuff, no razzle dazzle, nothing but just pure love. It is oozing out their pores. You should watch it if you can.
(These are testimonies of people who are still alive that were part of the revival.)

It is available at this site:

http://www.emeraldhouse.com


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The Scriptures speak for themselves. Wordliness is wrong. The true riches of this life are in Christ, and nothing more. God help us.

 2007/2/1 16:09





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