“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love 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 pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:15-17.
How many times have we heard “but Jesus hung out with sinners” as an excuse to commune with the world? Sometimes unbelievers feel uncomfortable inviting believers to their social events and the believers often feel uncomfortable going. Unfortunately this is often mistaken as us believers being judgmental, which is far from the truth. It is the result of the things we once had in common have fallen away and our interest are no longer your interest.
“When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17. Jesus came to call the sinners to repentance not to be their companion. The Lord was the great Physician to the sick. Today’s mentality of the seeker sensitive churches is going the way of one world order instead of allowing the Gospel of Jesus to separate the goats from the sheep. Yes, we are to love everyone but to love them is to tell them the Truth. We have to love them enough to tell them their salvation is a decision they have to make. Jesus called the sinner to repentance while the church today calls the sinner to remittance. Remittance of their works, their tithes and all of the other religious works that are in reality good works if done with the proper motivation and not to soothe the sinner’s conscience.
“That he (Sampson) told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” Judges 16:21. Just as Sampson told his heart to Delilah which resulted in his fall, so too will today’s Believer fall while continually communing with the world. God has not changed and neither have the dangers of this world. It is impossible to fellowship with the world without becoming a part of the world. A Believer, governed by self will, can fall deep into sin. A Believer governed by God’s will, will indeed separate themselves from the world. This separation is not to judge, nor is it to isolate but God’s children are to be set apart. “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself,…” Deuteronomy 14:2. We aren’t supposed to be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Seeker sensitive churches aren’t set apart from the world but have become a part of the world. Being set apart has nothing to do with the person who is set apart but the God which the person serves. Discern the church who have opened their doors wide to the world and flatters the sinner with words of love while making them comfortable against the church who has set themselves apart from the world, calling the sinners to repentance for deliverance of their sins. – Donna Warren