Do Not Love The World
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. I John 2:15
Imagine your spouse beginning to draw away from you as their affection for other things begins to capture their heart. It happens every day as we are under a constant bombardment from the media to vie for our affections to seduce us into buying whatever they are trying to sell us. Lets face it, the world has a lot to offer: money, power, medicine, science, education, not to mention anything the flesh would desire to have, available at the touch of a button.
I'm not even talking about seemingly evil things, I am speaking of anything that attempts to steal your heart away from God! Sports, TV, activities of all kinds, hobbies and even your kids can take up all your time, leaving nothing left for God. That's OK though, we can make it up on Sunday at church, surely pastor has something spiritual for us so that we can keep up our appearances and will look like good Christians to the rest of the world, after all, going to church once a week pleases God. Can I just tell you that going somewhere once a week to experience God is like seeing your spouse once a week. What kind of relationship would that be and how pleased would they be to see you come home for an hour a week and then run out the door to pursue all your other lovers?
The truth of the matter is this: the modern day, fast food, microwave everything people who profess to be believers, but don't spend time with God don't know Him, nor do they have a relationship with Him, because they have given their heart to the world. Millions will be shocked on that last day when God judges the world and they hear those fateful words: depart from Me, I never knew you! What do you mean, you never knew me, I prayed "the sinner's prayer," I was in Sunday school every Sunday, went to church every time the doors opened, paid my tithes and led a good moral life and even read my bible some times when things got rough, Oh, and don't forget, I prayed every day on the way to work for at least five minutes, surely you heard me.
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. I John 2:16
THE LAST HOUR
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. I John 2:18
The last hour is upon us because many antichrists are arising around the globe. The homosexual agenda, the pro-choice movement, false religions, cults and false prophets abound, not to mention Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world. A demonically inspired religion of works, violence and death, founded by a child molester is gaining momentum as it spreads its poisonous roots throughout the world. Even in America this terrible scourge of murdering devils is beginning to take control of schools and invading our government because our leaders are cowards immersed in political correctness!
God commanded Israel to destroy the entire race of people who came from the loins of Ishmael, Abraham's fatal mistake by taking Hagar as a vessel for the promise of God instead of Sarah, his wife, chosen by God. Israel disobeyed and God said, "They will become pricks in your eyes and thorns in your side." And so they have wreaked havoc on the planet ever since even becoming instruments of judgment that God sent against His people when they sinned. Remember the Jebusites, the Amalakites, the Philistines and all of the other un-circumcised pagans that God hated? Who do you think flew into the trade towers on that fateful day of 911? The same bunch of infidels that God told Israel to destroy centuries ago! If that's not the judgment of a holy God then I don't know what is and to end up years later with a President, named Barack Obama who is a Muslim sympathizer is almost ludicrous!
The spirit of anti-christ is here, alive and well, warring against anything that represents the Lord Jesus Christ and His church spreading its refuse of lies and deception deceiving even the elect who have given themselves over to doctrines of demons and false shepherds who have plundered the body of Christ with venomous teachings and misguided leadership. A cloud of demonic deception is beginning to cover the earth with its darkness as the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ slowly dims and God's people are brought under a spell of apathy putting them into a sermon-induced coma of religious ritual and rote.
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. I John 2:22
Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (ill will) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
I'm not talking about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees when I speak of the world, I am speaking of the world system that is made up of science, education, wealth, medicine, government and even religion, but is devoid of the Spirit of God. The church has been entwined in the matters of this life that pertain to the world and are quick to obey its every dictate wanting to be politically correct, and strive to keep up with its every regulation not wanting to be accused of any governmental wrong doing.
I would hate to think what would happen if Bibles were outlawed, the church would be collecting them for the government, not wanting to suffer any persecution or break any worldly laws, or lose their non-profit status. The body of the Lord Jesus Christ is not of this world, our primary citizenship is in Heaven and our mission is to reap a harvest of spirit filled disciples from the earth. We are a holy bride, the wife of the Lamb of God, the spiritual woman who when intimate with her husband, Jesus births spiritual children raised up into the knowledge and wisdom of the Most High. The church of Jesus Christ has only One Lover, a God King who loves her with all of His heart and expects her to love Him with the same love and devotion that He has for her.
Because of the seduction of the world and it's lusts many have gone a whoring after other gods. Gods of gold and silver, gods of sports, gods of religious idolatry and gods of fame and fortune, only to eventually end up in the world, lost and alone with all of their lovers, estranged from their heavenly Husband and devoid of His Holy Spirit. Fallen away from the only hope of eternal life because they loved the world more than they loved the Lord Jesus Christ! We would do well to pay attention to the above mentioned scripture so that we too don't end up as enemies of the living God!
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin