“15 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.
16 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.
17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the Will of God abides for ever.
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1 John 2:15-18
Fellowship with the world is one of the greatest dangers for the Child of God. The allurements of the world never change but steadily attempt to seduce the flesh into unrighteousness. Our members war against the law in our mind making us a slave unto sin (Romans 7:23-24)…the sin; our sin nature which we were all born with due to the Fall of Adam.
This sin nature ruled our hearts and lives before our Salvation but when we were Saved (assuming and praying those who read this are Saved), the Holy Spirit came into our heart and dethroned the sin nature. It is isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit as long as we continue looking unto Jesus Christ as the Source and His Cross the means by which the power of sin is broken.
As we fellowship with the world, our sin nature is quickened. Being baptized into Jesus’ Death at Salvation (Romans 6:3-5), we are dead to the man made laws to obtain righteousness and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our King. The unsaved are unable to live unto God. They are ruled by their sin nature which will not allow such. Only when the sinner wills to believe; when we choose to believe, does the Holy Spirit come and pierce asunder the heart and utterly bind those powers of darkness that try to hinder the sinner from believing.
A new creature in Christ Jesus, our sin nature remains isolated by the power of the Holy Spirit alone. It’s not by might, not by power but by the Holy Spirit alone is the sin nature isolated. Our self will, talents, intellect, abilities, etc. cannot isolate our sin nature. If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain. God forbid no! The Grace of God either expels unrighteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit under the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus as we look unto the Cross of Christ or the Law of Sin and Death keeps us under the dominion of sin. The choice is ours. Do we believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient for all that we need according to His riches in glory? Or do we tend to the ways of the world to gain a form of righteousness…self righteousness which ultimately leads to spiritual death of the Believer.
The spirit of the antichrist is alive and well in this world. Many come in the form of preachers of righteousness. Their words are sweet but swelling. They leaven the lump…the whole lump. Another means and another method are given to break the power of sin other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is the methods of the world being taught as Biblical doctrine. Another Jesus and another gospel presented to the church for victorious Christian living and they are all given by those who claim to be preachers of righteousness.
You will know them by their fruit.
“16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20
If you have ears to hear, come out from among them and be ye separate. What fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness? Our sin nature remains isolated only as we look unto the Cross of Christ. Look to Calvary and be set free from the bondage of sin. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. There is a cloud of witnesses to testify unto the Glory of the Lord. What He has done for me, He will do for you. We’re just passing through this pilgrim land and the only thing we can take us are souls. Don’t you want to go?
-Donna Clark Warren