We are commanded by God our Father to not love the world or the things in the world, because love of the world does not come from the Father, and the world is merely a passing mist that will dissipate when Christ returns. The world, with its beliefs, teachings, and practices emanates from the mind of sinful man controlled by the devil.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life –is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 Johns 2:15-17
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18
19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’” John 15:19-25
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 Your are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.” John 8:42-45
18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself and the wicked one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:18-21
From God’s Word, we can see that the world, most notably, the religious world is at enmity with God the Father and has rejected His Son Jesus Christ, because it is controlled and led by the devil. The devil and his followers despise and reject the truth of God’s Holy Word, and substitute it with lies that appeal to the fallen nature of man. Be aware that this will happen even when they are protesting a love for God, His Son Jesus Christ, and His Word; they will even cleverly quote the Scriptures to support their lies just like their father the devil when he tempted Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” 9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 “For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over You, To keep You,’ 11 “and, ‘In their hands they shall bear You up, Lest you dash Your foot against a stone.’” 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” 13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. 14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. Luke 4:1-14
Just like the devil tempted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he is constantly tempting us to listen to his lies and to conform our beliefs and actions to his wicked agenda. He even subtly uses God’s Word to cause confusion and promote his wicked designs. This is so clearly evident in the case of the LGBT wickedness that is infiltrating the visible church at an alarming rate. Recently, at a Southern Baptist gathering to discuss issues of human sexuality, leaders of the SBC had dialogue with these perverted sinners, accepting them at their meeting and apologizing to them for past behavior. To be sure, there was sharing of God’s Word regarding homosexual behavior and warnings about the outcome of such behavior, however, there was also a desire to mollify and have accord with these perverted persons. Know without a shadow of a doubt that the aim of the homosexual coalition is nothing less than the complete annihilation of the standard of the Bible which speaks out clearly against their evil behavior. The SBC is complying with this subversive scheme of the enemy and his evil workers by having a dialogue and meeting with the homosexual coalition rather than meeting to confirm what the Bible says about the depravity of sexual perversion and commanding that those who practice such behavior must repent, turn from their sin, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They should have just preached the truth of the Word of God against this evil sinful rebellion against God and His holy commands. Their submission to the homosexual lobby by dialoging with them is the first step in the inevitable outcome of the SBC’s acceptance of homosexuality as another expression of human sexuality and their endorsement of homosexual marriage. The SBC, by its reception of sodomites and refusal to preach the Word of God against their sin, has born witness to the truth that they are of the world and are being led by the one who rules this world, Satan.
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John4:1-6
We who know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, who live by His Holy Spirit and obey His Word, should not be surprised at the acquiescence of the SBC to the homosexual community. The SBC has been listening to and promoting the world’s agenda, rather than God’s truth for years. They will accept any manner of doctrinal perversion, and believe they are being charitable to give room for lies in the church. They left off holding any and all teaching to the accountability of God’s Word years ago. That is why such wicked ecumenists as Bill Hybels and Rick Warren are so comfortable within the ranks of the SBC. The leaders of the SBC prove they do not love God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ or the glorious Word of God by their gross disobedience, for believing and obeying the Word of God is the sin qua non for the faithful believer in Jesus Christ. As God’s beloved bride through faith in Jesus Christ, let us turn from the world and hold fast to our Savior. Let us turn away from the unfaithful and by that remain faithful to our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
23 Jesus answered and said to him “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love, him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s Who sent Me. John 14:23-24
20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20