James 4:4 ” You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

James was quite pointed in his warning, “Keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)  Or as it tells us in I John 2:15, “Don’t love the world or anything in the world.”  But it’s so easy to do.  We all have a fondness for the newest things…and the Church isn’t any different.  But at what expense?  The present world-view is man-centered, materialism, focused on power, ambition, and self-glory…while God’s view for His Church is totally opposite.  So we as the Body of Christ – the Church – need to be ever vigilant and constantly asking the question, “Is this new thing the Church is doing  man-centered or God centered?   For as Jesus told His disciples in John 15:19, “You don’t belong to the world, I have chosen you out of the world.”

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