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When the world’s your mistress.

Civility

But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. Jude 1:17-19

For every form of wickedness under the sun there’s always someone out there who will find a way to excuse it and justify it. But it’s downright scandalous when that someone claims to be a brother or sister in Christ. We expect the world to act and behave like they do because it’s their nature as sons and daughters of Adam, but Christians are supposed to have a different nature as children of God.

The church is designed to be in the world like a boat is designed to be in the water. However, the boat is in trouble when the water gets into it as much as the church is in trouble when the world gets into it. Well, like water in a boat, the world has been seeping into the visible church for quite awhile now, and it’s sinking.Sinking Boat

If this is not troubling enough, what is even more troubling to behold are those people in the boat (fellow Christians) who are upset at those who are trying to bail the water out of the boat.

I’ve noticed an increasing trend within Christendom of those who not only enjoy the water being in the boat, but are actively engaged in fighting against those who are desperately trying to get the water out of the boat.

There’s a special breed of proud and haughty sin-defenders within the church that’s arisen and they’re getting more vocal (and oftentimes very nasty) in their verbal assaults against anyone who dares to address the sin and worldliness rampant within the church.

Has anyone else noticed how most of the people who disagree with what we say on DefCon are walking lockstep with the seductive mistress known as “the world?” Has anyone else noticed that those who are most ardently opposed to what we do on this blog are those most friendly with the world and all of its lusts?

Do they not realize that their adulteress friendship with the world is evidence that they’re enemies of God?

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

You’ve seen them. They swoop in anytime someone on DefCon (or other blogs for that matter) dares to raise legitimate concerns over the way Christianity is displayed by those who profess to be Christians. Anytime Perry Noble, Mark Driscoll, Gary Lamb, or the likes are exposed, the usual gaggle of professing Christians charge into the blogosphere to attack us in defense of their sacred idols.

CultureBut their crusades don’t end with their defense of Noble, Lamb, and Driscoll; they also defend whatever is lowbrow, juvenile, culturally hip, culturally cool, and culturally relevant, no matter how antithetical to Christianity these passing fads are.

When anyone speaks of holiness, turning from sin, and untangling oneself from the world (as the Bible so clearly teaches) these soldiers of pragmatism are found front and center with swords drawn to advance their jihad of carnal Christianity via the sly spreading of seeds of doubt (did God really say that?), their endless word games, and their vitriolic attacks that are so condescending, and so vicious that they make attacks from Atheists look mild in comparison.

If you take the time to check out the blogs and websites of those professing Christians who most vehemently oppose us you’ll notice that almost every single one of them reveals their veiled hostility toward God and the fact that “the love of the Father is not in themby virtue of their love of the world. This is not my standard of judgment, but God’s.

Do not love the world nor the things in the world If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 1 John 2:15-16

What part of “do not love the world” do they not understand?

They set filthy shows and blasphemous movies before their eyes. They set God-dishonoring music before their ears. And instead of these being secret sins, they not only have the audacity to boast about their ways, but they even encourage others to defile themselves with these fleshly lusts as well. And they’re even so proud of their mingling with the world that they wear their affairs with their mistress like badges of honor.

Duck QuackThey talk like the world, they walk like the world, they dress like the world, and they act like the world, and yet we’re supposedly the crazy one’s if we assume they’re still part of the world. In spite of all their outward expressions and actions, we’re supposed to believe they’re not actually of this world merely because they have Jesus on their lips. Essentially they’re telling us to listen to their words and pay no attention to their actions. But even their words betray them!

John MacArthur hit the nail on the head when he said:

Worldly preachers seem to go out of their way to put their carnal expertise on display—even in their sermons. In the name of connecting with “the culture” they want their people to know they have seen all the latest programs on MTV; familiarized themselves with all the key themes of “South Park”; learned the lyrics to countless tracks of gangsta rap and heavy metal music; and watched who-knows-how-many R-rated movies. They seem to know every fad top to bottom, back to front, and inside out. They’ve adopted both the style and the language of the world—including lavish use of language that used to be deemed inappropriate in polite society, much less in the pulpit. They want to fit right in with the world, and they seem to be making themselves quite comfortable there.

Incarnational Living

So what exactly is the kind of stuff these Christians who are in love with the world defending? It’s what you’ll see if you walk into the average church in America in the 21st century. Brace yourself:

- Elvis impersonator-led worship singing.

- The Cotton Patch Gospel.

- “God” wants you to party and mess you up.

- Pastor Perry Noble having a beer drinking song played by the “worship” band before their “worship” service.

- Pastor Perry Noble having the “worship” band play AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells for their Easter service.

- Dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in church.

- Redneck Jesus Freaks.

- Pastor Mark Driscoll’s mockery Jesus Christ on his t-shirt.

- Pastor Mark Driscoll’s profane and blasphemous speech from the pulpit mocking our Lord.

- Using regurgitation to give a “testimony.”

- Girls dancing to NSync in church under an illuminated cross.

- Rudeness and vulgarity during church announcements.

- Pastor Ed Young’s 7-day sex challenge.

- Pastor Paul Wirth’s 30-day sex challenge.

- Double entendres with the “Christian” book Going All the Way.

- The mockery of the ordinance of baptism by churches.

- Singing a worldly 80’s song as a worship song while swinging your socks in the air.

- Pastor Ed Young acting like he’s on MTV.

- The gospel according to Bruce Springsteen.

- The gospel according to The Beatles.

- Ultimate “Christian” wrestling.

- “Christian” man retreats.

- “Christianity” is all about music.

- “Christianity” is about Potty humor.

- The American church’s insatiable appetite for sex in their sermons and advertising.

- All manner of church advertising and gimmicks.

- Likening the Christianity to drug induced wickedness.

- A video aimed at youth involving injured clowns and evil chickens.

- A church for those who like hot rods.

- Las Vegas-style church and “Christian” gambling paraphernalia.

- Church poker games.Earth

And these are just the tip of the iceberg amongst the myriad of other examples that leaves most people unable to tell the difference between the “church” and the world.

Sadly not only is this worldly entanglement rampant among those professing to be Christians, as I said before, it’s actually encouraged! See examples 2, 39, and 93 in the post who’s pastoring our youth pastors?.

Righteousness, sanctification, and holiness are now taboo words with many who want their “Jesus” icing on top of their worldly cake. They want to keep one foot in the world and one foot in the church and they come unglued when anyone suggests that this is possibly evidence of a false conversion.

But this all begs the question: When the world looks at the “church” aren’t they supposed to see a difference between them and the church, and not feel as if they’re just looking into a mirror?

This reminds me of the old bumper sticker that reads: “If you’re a Christian then act like one.” I couldn’t agree more.

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27

So with all of this in mind, I put forward this question: If Christianity became illegal in this country, and you were arrested and charged with being a Christian, would there actually be enough evidence to convict you?

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age . . . Titus 2:11-12


Righteousness

16 comments on “When the world’s your mistress.

  1. you said: This reminds me of the old bumper sticker that reads: “If you’re a Christian then act like one.”

    My wife has remarked more than once that one of the things that sets our current church apart from ALL the others to which we’ve belonged is that these people at Grace family Baptist Church expect us to live like Christians! Yikes!

    No sin coddling allowed. Repent and believe – DAILY! Lest your heart be hardened.

    These clowns who claim to servants of the living God are despicable (cue Daffy Duck).

  2. It is pretty strange that those in the ship (the so-called Christians) don’t want the water (worldliness) bailed out but seem to enjoy it that the ship is sinking. As we try to explain what is going on and the importance of living a holy life, I find it over and over again that they try to make us put down the buckets of water that we seek to get rid of. I really like this analogy and I am thankful that true believers will desire the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provisions of the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof!

  3. I believe that the only thing that will stem the tide of silliness and filth seeping in to churches is persecution. It will take the flames of persecution to burn away the dross and scatter the fad seekers.

  4. Most, if not all, of the ones mentioned above are not born again. It is past time for those in the church that really are redeemed to recognize them for what they are, confront their heresies, and inform them that their other jesus is not welcome, desired, or tolerated. The other gospel that they have been pushing since Jesus ascended into Heaven has been exposed. Not one New Testiment writer (and especially our Lord) gives quarter to these demon infested false “brethren” for one second.

    Thank you Def-Con for all that you have done. But it is not enough for us to read your posts and agree with them and go about our merry way and allow these usurpers of the Gospel to continue unchecked. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, and powers and rulers of the darkness in high places. Make no mistake about this, all of their worldiness and the sin that they advocate for Christians to participate in does one thing: it opens the door wide to the wicked one and invites him in. And as Paul said “I do not want you to have fellowship with demons” I Cor. 10:20. See also II Cor. 6:11-18.

  5. To The Pilgrim: Absolutely right on! You asked:

    “Has anyone else noticed how most of the people who disagree with what we say on DefCon are walking lockstep with the seductive mistress known as “the world?” Has anyone else noticed that those who are most ardently opposed to what we do on this blog are those most friendly with the world and all of its lusts?”

    I have to answer, YES I’ve noticed it. I also would agree that we can expect such resistance from the unsaved, from those who do not know or profess Christ. What really boggles my mind is when the very same spirit, attitude, and reaction comes from professing “Christians”. This is a great evil, the likes of which I have never seen in my lifetime, on such a large scale. From what they say, it’s as if in their minds, the Jesus of the Scriptures has been replaced with another “Jesus”, the Gospel of the Scriptures has been replaced with another “gospel”, and their concept of Christianity is not at all what is described in God’s word. And many are as vigorous to militantly defend their re-imaged Christ, re-invented Christianity, re-defined Scriptures as if they were making a bold stand for Christ Himself. And it brings to mind the misguided zeal of the Crusaders, coming in the name of Christ, yet displaying nothing of true Christianity. What better job can the spirit of antichrist do, than to have people preach “Jesus” with their mouths, yet deny him with their behavior, and thereby lead away from the only way, the only truth, the only life.

    You are absolutely right to say they have made the world their mistress. And in doing so they have ignored the Scriptures which warn not to love the world, as you have rightly pointed out. For in so doing, they do not have God’s love in them. And since “…the whole world lies in wickedness” (1Jn.5:19b), they have chosen to be part of that wickedness. They have forfeited having the Spirit of truth, thus the truth makes no sense to them: “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him…”(Jn.14:17) And thus they so strongly resist those who proclaim the truth of God’s word in exposing evil. “We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God does not hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1Jn.4:6). And not seeing they are mere pawns of the enemy, but are merely being used by him to attack Christ: “In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine into them” (2 Cor.4:4) But we know who we are really fighting: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph.6:12). And lest we think “but they know Christ, they’re Christians too”: Do they, are they? Jesus said: “if you love Me, keep My commandments”. And let us not forget what happened to those in Galatia, to whom Paul said “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” (Gal.1:6-7). And “oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth…” (Gal. 3:1). My heart goes out to the gullible trusting folks who are being led astray. But the wolves need to be exposed for who they are. And so I thank God for the Bereans on this site. May the Lord bless you and grant you wisdom and strength.

  6. Habakkuk, I believe sadly you are right on what it will take

    to get the churches back to preaching the gospel and being what a church is supposed to be

    and stop acting seeker-obsessed and “relevant”

  7. I think I posted a reply too soon- I indeed see your point, even if I don’t agree with you all of the particulars. Here’s what’s been mulling through my brain the past few hours. The church here in America has become too much about ourselves, and less about loving God and loving people. It’s become a middle-class fad for a lot of people, with a shiny veneer. Try to do a sermon series without having your PR people cook up a cool background and maybe a couple of videos. You have to have everything looking really nice, spending millions on new sanctuaries instead of on helping people in need.
    This does need to change.
    But I think that you lumped in some good with the bad- look up at my other post. If you would answer me on those, that would be great.
    But I think that we need to keep in mind this example from the Apostle Paul-
    “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”
    1 Corinthians 9:19-23
    I see the modern church trying to do this, to be all things to all people, but many times without following the subsequent passage:
    “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

    We have to be disciplined in our walk, and not let our freedom to be all things truly enslave us, but be slaves for God’s sake and for the chance that people may be saved.

    I’ll just leave you with a song that is set with modern music(actually rap), but actually quotes Hebrews 1 and is all about God’s glory. http://www.sweetslyrics.com/572498.Flame%20-%20Joyful%20Noise.html
    Don’t automatically throw something away because it’s new; you may find that it has roots in someone quite old.

  8. DavidW, you are right. Sadly, Isaiah 29:13 describes so many (not ALL) professing “Christians” today, especially amongst my own generation, even amongst my friends: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” I mean, and I don’t mean to come off as self-righteous or some sort of moral police, nor a gossip, but I have noticed that I even have many “Christian” friends who show little to no fruit whatsoever. Now, I acknowledge that we all are sinners, but to quote Paul Washer: “The doctrine of a Christian living in A CONTINOUS STATE OF CARNALITY is ABSOLUTE HERESY.”

  9. A great post. Sad but oh so true!

    I particularly like the MacArthur quote.

    Soli Deo Gloria :)

  10. To Kelsey: I agree with you about:

    “The church here in America has become too much about ourselves, and less about loving God and loving people. It’s become a middle-class fad for a lot of people, with a shiny veneer. Try to do a sermon series without having your PR people cook up a cool background and maybe a couple of videos. You have to have everything looking really nice, spending millions on new sanctuaries instead of on helping people in need.”

    So many churches have become places of entertainment., rather than following the biblical pattern. We do need to focus on loving God and loving others. Many desire to love, without understanding what God’s love is. Jesus narrowed the field when He said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments”. Loving God begins with obedience to His word. Loving others must be an agape love. One which expects nothing in return, and is a volitional act for their benefit. Thus we love God not in words only, but more importantly by submitting to His word and living it. We love man by taking action most importantly for their eternal benefit. By telling them what awaits them if they do not repent. By explaining to them what must be repented of. By giving them the Good News of Who God is, what His true character is, and that Jesus Christ took their place of eternal punishment. That He calls them to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. Of the relationship they can have with their Creator. And the glories that await those who are His children. We show them the love of God by the changed, repentant lives we live now in submission to God’s word. We take action for their temporal benefit in expressing that love.

    Thus, The Pilgrim’s post is an act of love to warn those who do not know how the enemy of God is deceiving the world as well as those in the churches.

    You said: “Don’t automatically throw something away because it’s new; you may find that it has roots in someone quite old.” I’m not sure where you may have gotten that message from this post, because I don’t see that anywhere in what The Pilgrim posted. The Scriptures call us to test all things. New things aren’t inherently “dangerous” or ”evil”. Pews, pulpits, microphones, etc. were all new at one time. But when “new” things bring into the church, or into our lives, that which conflicts with the clear instruction of Scripture, then such things we are to have nothing to do with. When you look at the above list as a whole that The Pilgrim posted of those things of the average 21st C church, certainly you can see how far away from the Biblical pattern it has become. Also, wouldn’t you say that just because something may have roots in the old, that’s really not the determining criteria of what is acceptable to God?

    Let us press on to honor, glorify and obey the Lord Jesus. Let us seek to love others enough to tell them God’s truth, and reach them with the Good News.

  11. Thank you for this insightful post.

    May God open the eyes and hearts of the people setting under these carnal pastors in name only.

    In Christ,

    David J Horn

  12. Wrongful inactions, Cover ups, False denial of bad politicians, bad cops, bad persons, false pastors, false priests are much too common but there is still some justice being carried out
    http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/the-unfortunate-facts-of-life/

  13. You’ll get no fuss from me if your claim is that the Gospel has been watered down. Still…

    Has anyone else noticed how most of the people who disagree with what we say on DefCon are walking lockstep with the seductive mistress known as “the world?” Has anyone else noticed that those who are most ardently opposed to what we do on this blog are those most friendly with the world and all of its lust.

    I don’t know how we can know this about dissenters. I mean, how much can we really discern from blog comments? My gut feeling from what I’ve seen since I’ve been intermittently visiting this blog for the past two months is that some people here have real issues accepting criticism, and can often be “quick to judge” people who disagree. I can recognize these issues because I myself have issues accepting criticism. It’s certainly convenient to just label anyone who dissents as worldly and unsaved, but the downside is that such can dissuade the accuser from having to rethink their position and further address God’s throne. The point is, I would warn against entertaining the thought that anyone who dissents is worldy or unsaved. Those are about the most hurtful things one believer can say to another.

  14. cl,

    Those are about the most hurtful things one believer can say to another.

    Are you a believer, cl.

    In Christ,
    – Jeff

  15. This was done to supposedly show that a church’s youth group was “baptized with the Holy Ghost in fire” while they were away at youth camp. I like to call it “Shootout at the Charismatic Corral.”

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