“You love the world and you’re avoiding Me”

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(Photo above by me, in Gatlinburg, TN.)

This post is about a very powerful passage of scripture found  in 1 John 2:15-17     It speaks of the kind of love that we are not supposed to have as Christians.  This is about Christians who have a “love of the world” within them.  I will explain just what the “world” is in a minute. In this case, it’s certainly not the created Earth and it’s beauty, which God made and even admired himself. It’s not the world of humans. After all, John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world”.   But first, let me quote the scripture from the NKJV. So, the passage goes like this:

1 John 2:15  “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”  v 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”  v 17  “and the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he that does the will of God abides forever”.

The “world” that Christians are commanded not to love, is the world of Satan.  It’s the anti-Christ system that sways so many. It sways and controls the vast majority of humanity.   1 John  5:19 says that “…the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”.    A true Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, and not in the world’s system.   Our pleasures are not to be in worldly lusts, and coveting of what others have.  The book of James speaks of this as well.  James 4:4 says “.. 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” (emphasis added)    Many Christians are absolutely without understanding of these things. Carnal Christians abound. In fact, the love of the world is one of the the marks of a false Christian.  I didn’t say a weak Christian,  I said a false Christian. That is one who was never really saved or regenerated.  Many are submerged so deep into the world, they cannot even recognize the fact that they are drowning in the system of this evil anti-christ world!  Obsessed with their TV shows, movies, idolizing of celebrities, love of money, personal pride, philosophies of men, religions of men, they crumple up spiritually and wither away into an impotent dust.  They are essentially dust, tossed around by every wind.  They may even be high ranking in their man-made religion or system, but they are devoid of any true love of the Father. Where is the passion for the things of the Lord?  Many false Christians would say “I was saved years ago when I said a prayer at an altar, and me and Jesus are fine!”  According to the scriptures, they are not fine. They are enemies of God if they love the world and care nothing for the things of God.   I would not want to be found in that category.  Sure, I have my own problems, and I am not sin-free.  Neither I, nor you, nor any Christian will ever be sin-free until the Lord delivers us out of this earthly body of sin. That will not be in this age.   But that’s another subject.

I want to bring up the lyrics to a song from the very dedicated Christian artist, Keith Green.  He wrote and recorded many very powerful, heartfelt songs, and his life was certainly in alignment with his lyrical writings.  This is an upbeat song with a serious message.  It was written from God’s point of view, and is what He would say to a person who loves the world.  The title of the song is also the title of this very blog post you are reading. It’s called  “You love the world and you’re avoiding Me”.  Here are the lyrics:  (written from God’s point of view to us)

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I want you here with me.
But you’ve been keeping other company.
You can’t sit still it’s plain to see.
You love the world and you’re avoiding me.
My Word sits there upon your desk.
But you love your books and magazines the best.
You prefer the light of your TV.
You love the world and you’re avoiding me
You used to pray, you were so brave.
Now you can’t keep even one appointment we’ve made.
Oh I gave my blood to save you life.
Tell me, tell me is it right?
Will you leave me here alone again tonight?
Well I love you, still more and more.
But you’re fighting everything I’m working for.
You’re acting like my enemy.

You love the world and you’re avoiding me.

These other loves, they’re hurting you.

If you end up losing me, then what will you do?

Oh, I gave my blood, to save your life.

Tell me, tell me is it right?

Will you leave me here alone again tonight?

Well, I want you here with me.

But you’ve been keeping other company.

You prefer the light of your TV.

You love the world and you’re avoiding me.

You love the world, you love the world,

You love the world and you’re avoiding me.

Oh, you love the world.

You love the world and you’re avoiding me.

 My favorite line in the song, which is both clever and pointed, is the line that says “you prefer the light of your TV”.    Wow, what a line! I’m also a musician and songwriter, and I can really appreciate someone writing such a powerful, yet clever line in a song.  Does your TV stay on too much?  Is it on during the majority of time you are at home? I’m not trying to sound legalistic, or judgemental.  I am being honest though, in that I believe TV is a pipeline of lies, lust, idolatry, pornography, greed, anti-Christ sentiment, witchcraft (even in cartoons), deceit, and a myriad of other things that God hates. Do you have the love of the Father in you?  If anyone does have love for the Father, how can he also love the world and all it offers and promotes?  Love for God pushes out love for the world. Love for the world pushes out love for God. The world offers nothing but satanic, worldly, sensual lusts.  We are ALL tempted in these things. It’s what you do with the temptation that counts. Jesus himself was tempted in every way. He had to have been, or else He would not have truly lived “as a man”.   Yet, He was 100% sinless.    Jesus could not have possibly loved what God hates.  Why should we?

The apostle Paul had to deal with the heartbreak of seeing one of his own friends defect from the faith, because this man loved the world.  Paul says in II Timothy 4:10 “..for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world”.  Demas had worked alongside the apostle Paul for years.  This was surely a heartbreak for Paul to deal with, seeing Demas desert him.  Demas loved the world more than the Lord.  Demas was most likely never a true convert.  Then again, perhaps his love for the world was only temporal. Maybe he returned to the Lord after Paul was martyred.  We do know that he loved the world, which led to him leaving Paul, deserting him to go to Thessalonica.

Let us not  fall in love with this world. The temptations will always be there. Sure, a lot of the world looks great to our human flesh.  Sometimes we have to deny ourselves. I think what is an even more powerful way of fending off temptations, is to be so full of the love for the Father, that we cannot help but hate the worldly system!   I encourage you to fill up on the Word of God. Delight yourself in His Word (the Bible)  Love the things of God. Love the beauty of all that is God!  The rest of the scripture in 1 John 2:17 says “and the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he that does the will of God abides forever”.   God abides forever. We can abide with Him forever!  This world truly is passing away.  Let us all expend more of ourselves loving God, and forsaking the things of this temporary and evil, anti-Christ world.  The choice is always right in front of us to make, every day. Choose either the love of the world, or the love of the Father.

Maranatha!

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About Truth for me and you

I am a Bible believing Christian. That is the best title I could ever want. I live in the Nashville TN area with my Proverbs 31 wife. I love the Word of God, and I study primarily in the New American Standard Bible.
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