This past week, while shopping at Target with my husband, he met a man who was a rock and roll enthusiast. My husband sometimes wears a Bob Marley t-shirt, which caused the other man to talk to him about an event at a park close to our home. The event was a rock concert in honor of the Grateful Dead. They continued to talk about past concerts, etc. and I was given an opportunity to say something when it was revealed that I don’t care for rock music. The other gentleman was surprised to find that we were still married even though we disagreed about the kind of music we listen to(?!). I told the man, who was around our age, that I knew Jesus Christ, believed and obeyed His Word the Bible, and turned from rock and roll music because of its worldliness and ungodliness. He promptly responded that he knew Jesus and it was okay with Jesus for him to go to rock concerts. Then he told me that this side of heaven nobody is perfect and said, “Keep smiling.” A few seconds later, after he left, I said loud enough for him to hear, “But we are called to obedience.” My husband was a little bothered by this exchange, but the Lord had given me the opportunity to say something, and so I did, even though I knew my husband wouldn’t like it.
Worldly love is a lying love and keeps us in bondage with this wicked world system. I had serious doubts about this man’s salvation and I prayed the Lord would use what I said for his help and serious consideration. So many who claim the name of Christ, when I have exhorted them with the truth adopt a position of superiority and reject what I have said. They counter with the same sort of rationalization that this man declared, but ultimately these rejections of godly exhortation demonstrate where one’s affections and loyalties lie, and it isn’t with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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. 18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 1 John 2:15-20
Brothers and sisters, this love of the world is serious business, because it not only proves the one loving the world does not have the love of the Father, it is also a means of departing from the faith once for all delivered to the saints, and then leads to following the wiles of the devil taught by little antichrists who reject the testimony of the Scriptures and prefer the vain wicked meanderings of lying liars telling lies.
I sure would like to know what church that man attended. So many churches have left the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and have instead embraced the lies of the world because the love of the Father is not in them. They justify and rationalize their departing from the things of God by stating that “God is love”, but He is also Holy, He is a consuming fire and we must fear! Or they state, “This is how we must reach the young people today”, when they are proving they love the world more than Jesus Christ and the truth through using man-made gimmicks for reaching the lost rather than sharing our all-powerful Savior and His glorious truth from the Scriptures. These are all part of the end-time harlot church and are leading many astray by embracing the things of the world such as the ecumenical CCM and the “judge not philosophy” that leaves all exposed and powerless against the lies of the enemy. God gives us His remedy from His Word for those who have loved the world, leaving their first love for Jesus Christ, in the epistle of James, but have been quickened by the Spirit of grace, mercy and holiness, the Holy Spirit, to repent.
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scriptures says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:4-10
Admit your sin! Repent and draw near to God! Mourn and wail over your defection from the truth and treachery against our glorious God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Resist those fleshly desires led on by the devil and call upon the name of Jesus Christ; He will deliver you! Humbly confess before your God your wickedness and submit to Him and His truth. If the Holy Spirit has wrought this work in your heart rejoice and exult in God your Savior. Draw near to your God for His strength, pray without ceasing and delve deeply into His glorious Word. The Lord God Himself will deliver you from worldly love and establish you in His truth, the Holy Bible. Let us throw off the works of darkness and pursue holiness without which no one will see the Lord. God bless us.
14 Pursue peace will all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; Hebrews 12:14-15
22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
For great exhortation regarding CCM and the “don’t judge” philosophy please go to these links: