Closer To, Or Further From, The World?
Read James Chapter 4
Jas 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Jn 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
We have often discussed the dangers of falling away from the simple biblical ideas about homosexuality. Although the above two passages are not written on that danger, I have recently thought about a connection between the danger of falling away from truth, and our command to not be a part of this world. Stay with me.
2Co 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
We have previously learned that we can know we are getting away from truth anytime that our ideas begin to veer away from God’s written word. But the passages from James and John show us another way that we can gauge whether a “new revelation” is from God or from Satan masquerading as an angel of light. Here are some thoughts to ponder about any “new” revelation.
Does the new idea bring us closer to God, or closer to the world? If the concept makes us more acceptable to those who are of this world, it isn’t from God. If it causes the world to be more comfortable around us, making them less likely to doubt the ‘rightness’ of their lifestyle, it isn’t a revelation from God. We can be sure that we have heard from a false angel of light.
Does it edge us closer to the world’s way of thinking, or does it increase the degree of our separation from the world? If our new revelation, or reinterpretation of scripture, helps us to see more of the gap between God’s people and those of the world, it is likely to be from God. Does it make us think more like the worldly way of thinking, our new thoughts are from that false angel of light.
The world should not be comfortable around us. If they are seeking truth, they will look at our lives and ask about it, wanting to know why we live as we do. If we are living just like them, or thinking like them, they will not see any difference in their lives and our lives. We are asked to be different, be separate from the world.
Jn 17:14 I have given them Your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
1Co 2:12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
1Jn 4:5 They (false teachers) are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Does the acceptance of homosexual behaviors make us more acceptable to the world, or less so? Does it draw us nearer to God or nearer to the world? Will the world be more or less likely to be comfortable around us? You know the answer.
Prayer: Father, protect us from the false teachers of this world. Help us to hang on to Your truth, that we will be less vulnerable to false teachings. Remind us to examine our position and see if it makes us more acceptable in the eyes of this world, or less acceptable. And by all means, reveal truth to anyone who has already been misled.