Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4.
There are three Greek words translated world in the King James English Bible:
OIKOUMENE used 15 times in the New Testament. It simply means the inhabited earth.
AION found 40 times in the New Testament. A reference to the world as an age or specific time period. It is used to refer to the wisdom of this world (1 Corinthians 1:20), the rulers of this world (1 Corinthians 2:6,8), the fashion of this world (Romans 12:2), the cares of this world (Matthew 13:22) and the evil nature of the world in a particular age. (Galatians 1:4)
KOSMOS is found 188 times in the New Testament translated as world 187 times and as adorning on one occasion only. This word is used broadly to mean a. the orderliness of the observable universe, b. the human race in general or c. the alienated world system that has broken away from divine government and opposes God as supreme authority in the affairs of man. This word (KOSMOS) is used in this sense the majority of times it is used.
JOHN USED KOSMOS 95 TIMES
This same apostle that gave us the message of God’s love mentions the evil KOSMOS as the enemy of our faith more than any other of the writers of the New Testament. He used it no less than 22 times in his first letter! He uses the noun, agape and the verb, agapao, a total of 77 times in his four books. This would indicate that there is a definite link between the love of God and a holy hatred of the sinful KOSMOS in this apostle’s anointed mind.
John Had Two Themes: Love and Worldliness – In fact, John gives us some of the greatest insights into worldliness found in Scripture! He not only records rare sayings of his own but words of Christ about the world system. He urged Christians to love God and the brethren, and to detest and abhor the KOSMOS. AGAPE (a spiritual plus) and KOSMOS (a spiritual minus) were his two themes. (Psalm 97:10)
How Times Have Changed! – The 1828 Dictionary of The English Language by Noah Webster, defines worldliness as “a predominant passion for obtaining the good things of this life; covetousness; addictedness to gain and temporal enjoyment.”
The New Definition distorted by humanist values – The modern Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary merely says of worldliness; “The quality or state of being worldly.” So then, because that tells you nothing, you must then find the definition for worldly which says; “devoted to this world and it’s pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs.”
Demoralizing The Definitions – It is plain to see that the modern definition is devoid of any moral quality. The modern definition implies that worldliness is merely a matter of preference of lifestyle, or of choice between a secular lifestyle and religion. No moral meaning whatsoever! This demoralization of dictionary definitions is much to the liking of Christian liberals. Dictionaries are a sort of final authority in the thinking of many people. But, if your looking for a definition of moral or Biblical terms in a modern dictionary, forget it! This amoral trend in literature and grammar is another one of Satan’s myriads of methods used to corrupt the values of the church.
The Satanic “Sindrome” – It is part of the Satanic “sindrome” that makes frontal attacks on the traditional truths delivered to the church by the apostles. When the church departs from the moral instruction of the Word, two processes are set in motion; (1) The church degenerates morally causing society to lose the preserving power of it’s influence. (2) A morally corrupted society then turns to persecuting the church that became corrupted trying to please the world that now persecutes it.
The KOSMOS the church tried to please becomes the persecutor and the pleaser becomes the persecuted.
There are consequences to ignoring the instruction of God’s Word. When the church begins to question the supreme importance of moral instruction given in the Word of God it indicates that the Lord has departed. (Judges 16:20) Jesus said, He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. John 8:4
Demoralizing Doctrine – The fundamental modernists are doing the same thing to the moral doctrines of the Bible. How long has it been since you heard a good message on worldliness? or separation? or the fear of God? or sanctification? or perfection? or obedience? or the moral law? But thank God, these truths remain clearly revealed in His Word as supreme doctrines ready to be rediscovered to bring fresh revival to the church that will once again declare them. His preserved Word has preserved these precious moral doctrines making it impossible for the apostates to change the message. Fundamental apostates emphatically claims it embraces the Word of God and then refuses to teach such cardinal doctrines of sanctification and its vital component doctrine of separation. But Paul warns us about such people and in great tones of indignation we are warned of what will happen to these fools who have dared to trifle with the Word of God.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, (8) In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8.
At the return of Christ judgment will begin at the house of God.
HAVING A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF IN THE BIBLE IS NO PROOF OF VALID SALVATION. THE DEVIL IS A FUNDAMENTALIST!
Modern Pentecost Morally Illiterate! – When the church becomes doctrinally indifferent by choice it effects it’s moral judgement causing it to revert to a moral system determined by consensus of the spirit of the age rather than revelation of God. Where there is no diligent respect for the apostle’s doctrine – the mob rules. Those who have become tolerant toward worldlines are the highly visible TV and radio personalities. To speak of holiness of life or purity of heart or separation from the world makes you an outcast from the mainline evangelical movements. The success of our ministry is become of more importance than the achieving character in those we reach. Our sense of corporate achievement is put ahead of moral propriety. Jesus said, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15. If there was ever a day when this statement of Jesus describing our efforts to encompass land and sea to make converts applies, it is certainly in this day of satellite outreach by the Charismatic movement. There is a lot of Lord, Lord, in modern media but no message defining holy character.
The world and its values have become the strange and beloved friend of the apostate church even though it is explicitly declared the deadly and sworn enemy of Christ! Any attempt to see spiritual renewal in the church will be in vain until the bride of Christ stops denying she is having an affair with the adulterous world. Until purity and devotion of the holy kind is restored to the hearts of the ministers of the gospel we look for his coming in vain! Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. Amos 5:18. Until the apostle’s doctrine is returned to its place of supreme importance, and until holiness of life and purity of heart become dominant themes of the pulpit, the promises of God mean nothing to you whoever you are. There are many who shout with triumph about the Lord’s coming but there is no triumph over the World in them. False teaching must be reproved and spiritual issues of Biblical must be placed in prominence as the theme of the gospel message. No amount of praise for Jesus will be accepted as a substitute for obedience to what Jesus teaches. To have the same relationship to the world system that Jesus had is the key to the purity and power of the church.
The following Scriptures include those passages where KOSMOS (or Aion) refers to the evil human system opposed to and alienated from God, the hostile world environment controlled by men under Satanic influence;
FORTY SEVEN FACTS ABOUT WORLDLINESS
REVEALED ONLY IN THE BIBLE
My standing with God is determined by how I relate to the world. Here are forty seven facts from the Bible about the world that every Christian will have to face now or at the judgement bars of God, forty seven Biblical facts that tells me where I really stand with Christ. A Christian’s true relationship to the Lord is revealed in his or her affinities with, and affections for the world. It is much more dangerous and damning than the liberals are telling us!
Let us see from the Word of God if worldliness is a minor or major matter with God;
1. HATRED OF KOSMOS (WORLD SYSTEM) ESSENTIAL TO ETERNAL LIFE
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth (miseo, to detest) his life in this KOSMOS shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25. John is not speaking of a hatred that is so simple that just anyone can lay claim to it. It is a holy hatred that makes a saint sick, makes him ache and cry inside when he comes in contact with it . . . because he knows how it rebels against God and tears at the heart of God. It is a reaction against sin that causes me to abhor the cheap and filthy preoccupations of the worldly environment, gives me compassion to save the sinner out of its doom and causes the breast to sigh in anticipation of heaven.
2. TRUE FAITH CONQUERS KOSMOS (WORLDLINESS)!
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh (nikao, to subdue, to prevail against, to conquer) the KOSMOS and this is the victory that overcometh the KOSMOS, even our faith. (5) Who is he that overcometh the KOSMOS but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4.
Born And Unborn – When you become a Christian you are born into the KINGDOM OF GOD and there is a break with the KOSMOS. When you are born again you are unborn from the KOSMOS. Belonging to the one means you are dead to the other! If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 (Read Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans chapters 6 through 8 with Colossians 3:1-3; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
The difference between phony and fervent Faith: The first thing faith in God accomplishes in the Christian heart is separation from the KOSMOS! “Faith” that teaches “this world” prosperity schemes is not faith at all … it is merely a revived Greek philosophy (Hedonism) based on isolated verses of the Bible. Pagan cultures such as Japan (Budhism and Shinto) are among the most prosperous societies in the world but that does not mean they are blessed of God. They prosper because they are skilled and frugal which the world system rewards. God can cause Christians to prosper, but prosperity can also come by other natural efforts to those in the world system apart from God. There are many wealthy drug Lords and mafia kings but it is not by God’s blessing. To link prosperity to God must be carefully qualified.
3. CHRISTIANS CHOSEN OUT OF THE KOSMOS
I have given them thy word; and the KOSMOS hath hated them, because they are not of the KOSMOS, even as I am not of the KOSMOS. John 17:14 (The same Greek word used here (miseo) for hate the same as in John 12:25 above) There is no affection between the KOSMOS and the Christian.
The Worldly Want To know about the World but Not About Worldliness
The powerful modern Laodicean movement of today wants to avoid the subject of worldliness. They can be heard over public airwaves contradicting what Scripture teaches and their partial followers love these false profit$ more than they love Jesus or the truth. They will burn together! They simply ignore what Jesus and the apostles have put in writing.
These who hold holiness and the life of separation in contempt conform to every style the world dictates and hold the Word of God in contempt refusing to conform to it.
They insist worldliness is not a serious matter and that “A little lipstick isn’t going to send anybody to hell.” They go right on whoring after the evils of the sensual soapies; They lie in their promotions and advertising, misuse finances and live like kings on the moneys of widows, pensioners and lonely old people; They are arrogant and call it boldness, unethical and often hateful; they use business psychological to promote their apostate fundamentalism. They are high profile names of all evangelical faiths including Baptists, Pentecostals and other “born again” power structures whether they be men or movements. They are apostates who denounce holy people as legalists bound by tradition in their full color cover best seller books adorning the displays in the Christian book stores. They have a message of freedom for the carnal lovers of this world. As in politics we have become corrupted as an evangelical church from the top down. Whether they be Calvinists or Armenians they have one common enemy – the remnant holiness church which they attack viciously hoping it will go away. To these people sanctification is an abhorred subject. Satan has succeeded in corrupting the church with the pleasantries of worldliness where all other methods of humiliating the church have failed. He appeals to our comfort zones and conquered the church rendering it spiritually impotent with only its empty positivism to declare its waning glory. It is become like Samson going through the motions fresh out of the harlots lap smelling of her perfumes – and he wist not that the Lord had departed from him. That is the tragedy of worldliness, it leaves us convinced the Lord is with us when He is indeed not!
Here are forty seven facts every Christian must hurdle to make it to the finish line . . .
4. THE KOSMOS HAS NO LOVE FOR THE CHRISTIAN
If ye were of the world, the KOSMOS would love his own: but because ye are not of the KOSMOS, but I have chosen you out of the KOSMOS, therefore the KOSMOS hateth you. John 15:19
5. THE HOLY GHOST COMES TO JUDGE THE KOSMOS OF ITS SIN
And when he is come, he will reprove the KOSMOS of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8
6. THE CROSS SEVERS US FROM THE KOSMOS
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the KOSMOS is crucified unto me, and I unto the KOSMOS. Galatians 6:14 (Study Romans chapter 6)
7. CHRISTIANS NOT TO BE “SPOTTED” BY THE KOSMOS
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the KOSMOS. James 1:27
8. JESUS DENIED ANY CONNECTION WITH THE KOSMOS
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this KOSMOS; I am not of this KOSMOS. John 8:23
9. SATAN IS THE GOD OF THE KOSMOS
In whom the god of the KOSMOS hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4
10. RULERS OF THE KOSMOS IGNORANT OF GOD
Which none of the princes of this KOSMOS knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8
GOOD AND EVIL GOVERNMENTS IN CONTRAST:
1. THE KOSMOS (the world) represents a human system of government that rebels against God’s authority and despises the word of God.
2. THE KINGDOM (the church) represents God’s people who have pulled away from the rebelling mobs of the KOSMOS. The church represents those called out from the KOSMOS having denounced the KOSMOS, returning to the sovereignty of God government through Christ.
As the church conforms to the world it is conforming to rebellion. The KOSMOS is alienated from God, is sinful and rebellious against divine authority. To become worldly is to become rebellious. You can’t retain a holy life and be obedient to God and be worldly.
Worldliness is synonymous with sin.
Holiness is synonymous with loving obedience.
KOSMOS would govern Christians by intimidation and influence. KOSMOS speaks of a system of government opposing divine government. It is a temporary system that will soon pass away. He is not wise who attaches himself to this passing fleshy KOSMOS. Christians are the salt of the Earth (an influence toward moral excellence), not participators in its system unless they can do so and influence it toward Biblical values.
The KOSMOS is kinky!
The lyrics and words of “Top ten” music that represents the preference of the majority of American music lovers promotes fornication and adultery;
Music has become synonymous with drugs and subculture lifestyle reflecting the mentality of animalism and savages;
Fashion designer clothing is androgynous (bisexual) and immodest;
The political system is morally bankrupt (it is alleged that 7 members of the senate are openly homosexual!);
The universal bar code system brings us so close to antichrist control and the moneyless system we can feel his breath;
Humanized religion including modernist fundamentalism has lost the message of purity and godliness completely;
The banking system is being rocked by graft;
The public educational system is intellectually biased against the Bible and creationism;
The television industry is sexually crazed;
Professional sports is drug ridden, makes models of the immoral, and controlled by commercialism.
The media makes heros out of fornicating, adulterous AIDS stricken athletes; exploits violence, and biased against evangelical Christians.
American children watch 23 hours of violent television a week and only minutes with their Fathers.
The prison systems are overcrowded and serious crime keeps climbing forcing the courts to release criminals onto the streets with sixty percent of crime being committed by previous offenders.
Many modern Christians are being taken in and influenced by the KOSMOS. These are the environmental conditions of the modern KOSMOS that worsen with each passing day. Many professing Christians contribute to and take part in the worldly system by participating in the entertainment and athletic industries. To do so is ignorance of the worst kind.
11. TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE KOSMOS IS BONDAGE
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the KOSMOS: Galatians 4:3
12. KOSMOS REBELLIOUS AND IMMORAL
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this KOSMOS, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2
13. PEOPLE OF THE KOSMOS GODLESS ALIENS
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the KOSMOS: Ephesians 2:12
14. THE KOSMOS IS “CROOKED AND PERVERSE”
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the KOSMOS; Philippians 2:15
15. THE KOSMOS LOVES THE DARKNESS OF EVIL
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the KOSMOS, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19 (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46)
16. THE KOSMOS DOES NOT KNOW GOD
O righteous Father, the KOSMOS hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. John 17:25 Note: “Known” is the strong Greek word (ginosko) meaning to know intimately, experimentally, in the absolute sense in all three instances it is found in this verse.
17. SPIRIT OF THE KOSMOS DISOBEDIENT AND SATANIC
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of the KOSMOS, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2
18. KOSMOS THE ENEMY OF THE LOGOS
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this KOSMOS: if my kingdom were of this KOSMOS then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. John 18:36
Lucifer And The Logos Have Nothing In Common – Neither does the Christian have anything in common with the KOSMOS – There are no affinities between LUCIFER (Satan) and the LOGOS (Jesus), no common interests or mutual goals. The ruling sovereigns of the KINGDOM and the KOSMOS have nothing in common…they are enemies! 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Two Distinct Moral Societies – According to the Bible the CHURCH and the KOSMOS are two distinct communities of people with two distinct mentalities; the regenerate mentality and the unregenerate mentality.
The Kingdom And The KOSMOS In Conflict – The church is of the celestial world of the KINGDOM while unregenerate society outside of Christ is of the fallen KOSMOS…two worlds with two different origins and two different destinies! (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
They are not of the KOSMOS, even as I am not of the KOSMOS. John 17:16
We have two different kings over us.
We have two very different value systems making our moral standards and our interests and pursuits different.
We have two different objectives. The objectives of the church are moral perfection (on God’s terms) and evangelism of the world (in that order). The objective of the KOSMOS is the deification of the flesh.
The KOSMOS represents the culture of the depraved world system.
The CHURCH represents the culture of the Kingdom of God.
The KOSMOS Is Not Moral In It’s Pursuits – The church caught away at the return of Christ will be those Christians in serious pursuit of moral perfection.
The church fears God; the KOSMOS seeks to please men.
Our faith is in the Word of God, the KOSMOS places its trust in the human sciences.
Our pleasures are in His presence, the pleasures of the KOSMOS are in the appetites of the flesh (sex, hunger and ambition).
The KINGDOM and the KOSMOS have two different origins and two different destinies!
The godly Christian has nothing in common with the KOSMOS or those who love and embrace it! The more dedicated to God a Christian becomes, the more separated from the KOSMOS he will be.
19. THE WISDOM OF THE KOSMOS IS FOOLISHNESS
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this KOSMOS? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this KOSMOS? 1 Corinthians 1:20 (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)
20. THE KOSMOS “STRANGLES” THE WORD OF GOD
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this KOSMOS, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
21. THE KOSMOS DOES NOT ACCEPT THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the KOSMOS cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:17
22. THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST ARE “AGAINST” THE KOSMOS!
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this KOSMOS, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
23. THE KOSMOS IS WICKED
And we know that we are of God, and the whole KOSMOS lieth in wickedness. 1 JOHN 5:19
24. KOSMOS GLORIFIES LUST AND PRIDE.
For all that is in the KOSMOS, 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 KOSMOS. 1 JOHN 2:16
25. THE KOSMOS REJECTS CHRIST
He was in the KOSMOS, and the KOSMOS was made by him, and the KOSMOS knew him not. John 1:10
26. CHRIST DECLARES THE KOSMOS EVIL
The KOSMOS cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. John 7:7
27. THE KOSMOS HATES CHRIST
If the KOSMOS hate you, ye know that it hated me before (it hated) you. John 15:18
28. THE KOSMOS HATES CHRISTIANS
Marvel not, my brethren, if the KOSMOS hate you. 1 John 3:13
29. TRUE DISCIPLES SEEN AS “TRASH” BY THE KOSMOS
Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the KOSMOS, and as the offscouring of all things unto this day. 1 Corinthians 4:13
30. CHRISTIANS DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT OF KOSMOS
Now we have received, not the spirit of the KOSMOS, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12
31.KOSMOS THE PERSECUTOR OF THE CHURCH
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the KOSMOS ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the KOSMOS. John 16:33 The Greek word for tribulation is thlipsis meaning pressure, affliction, anguish, persecution, trouble. This is how the KOSMOS treats true disciples of Christ. The godly life is an irritant to the KOSMOS around us. The church is not finding this incompatibility with the KOSMOS because it has not retained it’s godly state. Contemporary Christianity has dropped Biblical godliness for a lifestyle that the KOSMOS approves of. In the process we have developed a modified morality that pleases KOSMOS but not CHRIST! The modern theory of the Christian’s relationship to the KOSMOS attempts to have the respect of the KOSMOS. (See No.1)
The respectability doctrine is the teaching of the apostates.
The vexation doctrine is the teaching of Christ and the apostles.
32. JESUS SAID THE KOSMOS HATES HIS DISCIPLES
If ye were of the KOSMOS, the KOSMOS would love his own: but because ye are not of the KOSMOS, but I have chosen you out of the KOSMOS, therefore the KOSMOS hateth you. John 15:19
33. THREE TIMES JESUS STATES HE IS NOT OF THE KOSMOS
I have given them thy word; and the KOSMOS hath hated them, because they are not of the KOSMOS, even as I am not of the KOSMOS. John 17:14
34. NEITHER CHRIST NOR HIS DISCIPLES AFFILIATE WITH THE KOSMOS
They are not of the KOSMOS, even as I am not of the KOSMOS. John 17:16 (Read 2 Corinthians 6:14-18) If a Christian is living the Christ life (as so many “deeper life” teachers are speaking about these days) then the world will hate you and ostracize you and seek to destroy you in the same way it did the Master! Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12
People who conform to the KOSMOS
and think like the KOSMOS
and mix with the KOSMOS
and talk like the KOSMOS
and dress like the KOSMOS
and enjoy being entertained by the KOSMOS
and have things in common with the KOSMOS are not of Christ but of the KOSMOS!
The Alienated KOSMOS – Modern gospel preachers avoid the whole matter of the moral viciousness of the KOSMOS as the Lord and the disciples taught it. But it is a Biblical fact.
KOSMOS is a diabolical environment hostile to the redemptive plan of God. This is made very clear from the words of Christ and the apostles. Scripture reveals this in sharp clear tones that cannot be questioned or interpreted to mean otherwise.
A Cardinal Doctrine – One of the most prominent doctrines of the Bible is the doctrine of separation from the KOSMOS. The clearest message and the most mentioned theme of the New Testament is this matter of the KOSMOS being the alienating force that works against grace … and yet it is being blatantly ignored by the “dumb dogs” that “cannot bark” who have become so infatuated with, and lulled by the luxuries and creature comforts of the KOSMOS they do not want to see it as a threat. To the contrary, they think of any Christian message against the KOSMOS as a threat!
The Message Of The KOSMOS – God has given the church a vivid and unclouded message in the word KOSMOS! It was the KOSMOS that killed the Christ! We must stop blaming the Jews for the death of Christ and realize that it was the sins of the KOSMOS that drew Him into this world by His own will, and that He gave Himself to the death of the cross that He might redeem us from the KOSMOS! All apostate religions are of the KOSMOS. The same apostate forces of religion who worship God and fight the godly in every age are all of the same ilk, then as now. The same spirit of religious apostasy that killed Christ is the same religious crowd that slanders the godly today and wish for the death and silence of the holiness remnant. It wasn’t Christ they hated as much as it was the truth He spoke that threatened their comfortable power structure. This is the danger of power structures; when they become morally corrupted they are more politically committed to the “thing” than they are to the truth of God’s Word. There is no weeping for sin; only a sickening defense of the increasing worldliness.
35. THE WORLDLY ARE KNOWN BY THEIR SPEECH
They are of the KOSMOS, therefore speak they of the KOSMOS, and the KOSMOS heareth them. 1 John 4:5
THE WORLDLY CHRISTIAN WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD
BUT NOT ABOUT WORLDLINESS
Loveless Orthodoxy – We have a religious orthodoxy with us today that loves Christ, boasts of its fundamentalism but hates those who are faithful to what the Word teaches about the KOSMOS. You’ve never felt hate or been mistreated until you bump into a Charismatic love cult Christian who discovers you do not tolerate the spirit of KOSMOS in your own life. You will be treated as the “offscour” at the “offset”! You will soon find their “love” is stronger for the KOSMOS than for the consecrated.
Enemies Of God And Don’t Know It – Christians who conform to the KOSMOS and embrace its values have become the friends of KOSMOS…and the enemy of God and do not even realize it. Jesus said of the Laodicean church, Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Revelation 3:17)
36.TO BE A FRIEND OF THE KOSMOS MAKES ME THE ENEMY OF GOD
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the KOSMOS is the enemy of God. James 4:4 Philos: Friend, to have any affection or fond (admirable) association with or for the KOSMOS.
The Counterculture – When a lifestyle conforms to the values set by the KOSMOS it is called “worldliness.” KOSMOS is the counter culture to Christianity. Worldliness cancels grace! Where worldliness is allowed the doctrine of the apostles does not exist or it is twisted to accommodate the carnal preferences of Christians. (Titus 2:12)
KOSMOS and LOGOS cannot coexist in the Christian heart, therefore God hates it as the enemy of grace! (Galatians 1:14; 4:3; 6:14; Hebrews 10:29)
37.THE KOSMOS AND THE KINGDOM ARE AT WAR!
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:4
The Church Of The KOSMOS Will Not Be Governed By The LOGOS – It claims to be but refuses to repent of it’s sins of self righteousness and worldliness. Apostates claim all of the promises of the overcomer but without being an overcomer of the KOSMOS. One of the ways it is easily identifiable is that it opposes historical holiness teaching. This is the chief characteristic of all apostate bodies!
Pentecostal Constantineism – There still lives the spirit of Constantine. By waving his hand over the troops and commanding them to “become Christians” and be baptized in water by the bishops of the church he became the church age inventor of “easy believism.” Constantine claimed to be a Christian but kept right on practicing pagan beliefs and habits. Repentance and sorrow were not a part of Constantine’s gospel.
CONSTANTINE’S OFFER TO THE EARLY CHURCH TO CHRISTIANIZE THE EMPIRE MADE IT A LOT EASIER FOR THE CHURCH TO EXIST IN THE WORLD, BUT IT ALSO MADE IT A LOT EASIER FOR THE WORLD TO EXIST IN THE CHURCH!
There is very little difference between ancient Constantineism and modern Charismaticism in this respect.
GOD REMAINS SOVEREIGN!
God remains sovereign over the KOSMOS and may intervene at will. But, where and when He chooses not to intervene then KOSMOS is under the authority of depraved men who are being governed by Satanic influences and godless human intellect. James 1:13-15.
KOSMOS REPRESENTS ANARCHY, A SYSTEM OPPOSING HOLY AUTHORITY
Sin is not a state of affairs where there is no law or government. It is system of government and human values that operates apart from the authority, the moral commandment of God’s divine government. It is the rebellion of the carnal nature against the moral laws of God. The morals of the KOSMOS are libertine, licentious and lascivious. The moral laws of God define proper restraints that must be observed by the soul to experience happiness. So the moral laws of God achieve a twofold purpose; the ultimate happiness of man and a life that is morally pleasing to God the Father. What Pleases God is obedience to the moral laws that guarantee our peace and happiness.
Two Worlds Pull At Two Natures In Man – the KOSMOS appeals to the ambitions of the flesh nature to serve it’s ambitions and selfish tendencies toward immediate pleasure, while the spiritual world appeals to the cry of the spiritual man to have intimacy with God the Father.
Apostates Mingle Sin With Grace – Apostate fundamentalism attempts to join these two natures and lifestyles into one. Jesus blasts this philosophy clean out of the Galaxy! He divorces God from mammon and the apostles warn us against becoming “entangled” in the KOSMOS. (Matthew 6:24; 2 Timothy 2:4) A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled [trampled] fountain, and a corrupt spring. Proverbs 25:26 Moffatt says of this verse, “A fountain fouled, a spring bemired – so is a good man yielding to the wicked.”
The Sign Of The New Birth – When a person is truly born again of God’s Spirit, he or she loses all resentment to the restraints the Word places on the flesh. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3 The spiritually born see the moral commandments as God lovingly sharing His moral wisdom with man. The new convert that refuses to yield to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit is holding onto materialistic values of the KOSMOS. He has been deceived by false profit$ into thinking that a Christian can have the better of both worlds and still be a disciple of Christ.
38. GOD WILL NOT SHARE HIS GLORY WITH MAMMON
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
The word mammon (mammonas) comes from an Aramaic word meaning to place faith (confidence) in material wealth. To do so is the deification of materialism.
Forbidden Love – Jesus spoke plainly against the idea that God and mammon can coexist. It is a common deception in these last days. The LOGOS will not mingle with the KOSMOS! Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this KOSMOS cometh, and hath nothing in me. John 14:30
WHEN THE CHURCH HAS CHANGED IT’S MIND ABOUT WORLDLINESS, IT’S RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST CHANGES WITH IT.
The Church of the Falling Away – The falling away movement is trying hard to prove how very worldly and spiritual you can be at the same time. They are literally “knocking themselves out” in going to extremes of worldliness to prove that the old time holiness religion is wrong. They have succeeded in convincing many that you can be “saved” and conform to the KOSMOS and still have all the promises of God and the gifts of the Spirit operating; that we can mix the values of the world with the values of God’s Word and still have the joy of salvation. But the qualities of genuine salvation are established in the absolutes of the Word of God and not in the emotional testimony and claims of apostates professing fundamentalism. All kinds of good and positive results are being flaunted to impress people with the genuineness of the false gospel. But sensational claims are not God’s credentials of Christ’s gospel. The proof is truth! Truth rooted in the Word which is “according to godliness” identifies the apostolic creed. It is not human experience but “what is written” we stake our salvation on!
MATERIALISM CAUSES CHRISTIANS TO LOSE THEIR SENSITIVITY TO THE EVILS OF THE KOSMOS.
Luxury and posh living standards have perverted our thinking and made us soft. Softness makes the disciplines of discipleship unbearable and intolerable. There is no such thing as a good soft soldier … or disciple.
GOD HAS A PEOPLE WITHIN THE KOSMOS, THE CHURCH!
God is present in the KOSMOS and will be found by those who seek Him. God’s Spirit is in the World to call whosoever will from the KOSMOS. The angels of the Lord came into Sodom for Lot and His family to bring them out of Sodom before the judgment of God fell.
Called Out From The KOSMOS! – Those who find God through the gospel and it’s provision to redeem them and save them “out of the KOSMOS“ (John 15:19; 17:6) will gather themselves together in assemblies called the church. The very term, “church,” ekklesia, means “a calling out”! Called out from the KOSMOS, loosed from it’s evil fleshy styles and influences! Those of the church are the only people on earth who are supposed to understand the true wicked nature of the KOSMOS! The church is supposed to be the one place in earth where people can escape the KOSMOS and find the presence of God in an atmosphere of purity.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE KOSMOS IS ONLY REVEALED IN THE BIBLE!
Theology Without Humility – Modern fundamentalism is probably the best equipped and the most well trained gospel army the history of the church has ever seen! We have accumulated vast archives of writings that began with the collected writings of the apostles up to the writings of present time. We are blessed with the collected volumes of truth from the hearts and minds of church sages over a span of two thousand years of praying and research, printed in scores of languages. And yet with all of this access to Biblical knowledge there is more heresy and doctrinal illiteracy in the fundamental church today than at any time in the church’s history! What’s more, we allow this to go right on happening in spite of the apostles foretelling us of it!
Pure doctrine is not threatened by the lack of knowledge, it is threatened by the distortions of popular and wealthy false profit$ who prostitute certain truths of the Bible for their own gain.
Twisting Kingdom Values To Fit The KOSMOS Mentality – These men refuse the illuminations of the Holy Spirit because they have placed their personal philosophy on a level with the Word of God. The rich and famous modern preacher will not arrive at truth if they are not broken and honest to God in the inner core of their experience! We are cursed with un-anointed intelligence. You can have your doctrine down pat, but if your value system is worldly and not that of Scripture…it would have been better if you had been born a toad without a soul!
39. THE KOSMOS HAS NO RESPECT FOR CHRIST OR HIS BRETHREN
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the KOSMOS knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1 But some may protest and cite evidence that there is still respect coming from the KOSMOS in the form of favors shown to the local churches by the merchants, government grants to religious organizations, tax exemption and other benefits. But when John speaks of the KOSMOS here as not “knowing” Christ or “us” he uses the Greek word ginosko (experimental knowledge, intimacy, to be absolutely sure) and not eido (non-experimental knowledge, to be aware of). (See No. 16 above; Read Matthew 7:23 and James 4:17).
This church generation has not seen the teeth of the KOSMOS … yet. While the church appreciates all of the kindnesses shown to it by secular friends outside of it’s fellowship who God will bless, there are three facts that explain the truth of John’s statement, Therefore the KOSMOS knoweth us not;
First, the church today, at least in the western hemisphere dwells within Christian societies. There are many Christians in a position to help the church today which was rare in John’s day when the KOSMOS was controlled by the pagan Roman government. However, the church also exists in cultures today that are hostile to it! In some cases the persecution of the church comes from other Christian sects such as the Catholic church where in some countries it is the dominant or state religion.
Secondly, when the church preaches against sin and calls for purity as the terms of God for salvation you will quickly discover how cruel this KOSMOS really is. So long as we cajole and stroke the sinner right and refrain from preaching against sin we can keep their favor. But if the church should ever take up it’s rightful cry against sin it would mark the ending of the “super church” era and halt all generosity shown by the KOSMOS toward the church.
Thirdly, if we do as John Baptist and Jesus did and start preaching against Herod’s adulterous marriage and the hypocrisy of man made doctrines you will soon discover that the KOSMOS has teeth and is not afraid to show them! You will also find how true John’s words are. The early church had a much more uncompromising and holy concept of the KOSMOS than we do today, and therefore had a different “working relationship” with the KOSMOS!
40. THE LOVELY KOSMOS DEVASTATES AND DISGRACES
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the KOSMOS, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8
Spoil you, sulagogeo, literally to carry you off as spoil devastated and disgraced!
41. THE RICHES OF KOSMOS LEADS TO POMP AND PRIDE
Charge them that are rich in this KOSMOS, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy: 1 Timothy 6:17
Wealth And Worldliness Dangerously Alike – Many a godly character has been corrupted by the “deceitfulness of riches.” (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19) Money has sucked thousands of souls into the sewers of the KOSMOS. Money gives men favor with the rich and famous. If the rich should suddenly become penniless they would also suddenly become friendless. Friendship with the KOSMOS crowd leads to the corruption of the holy life. The worst thing about the trap worldliness is that those who are corrupted by it carry their children and the succeeding generations after them into its damnation as well. And then sometimes it the kids who take the parents with them into the new life of “freedom” in the flesh. As the Biblical proverb goes; when we allow our state in this life to effect our standing in Christ we end up “gaining the whole KOSMOS,” and losing our own souls. (Matthew 16:26)
The Rich And Bewitched – The hard thing to resist about this Satanic plot to neutralize us to the damnation of worldliness is that it offers so much comfort and security that seldom do those deceived ever recover from it. Riches are a horrible and painless fate for those bewitched and finally captivated by them. Riches are not always fatal but the mortality rate is so high that rare is the man or woman who has been able to sanctify their riches while cultivating and retaining a proper hatred for sin and worldliness.
42. THE DIVINE NATURE FLEES FROM THE KOSMOS!
Where by are given unto us exceeding great and precious promised: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped (literally flee from) the corruption that is in the KOSMOS through lust. 2 Peter 1:4
43. TO COME INTO THE KINGDOM IS TO COME OUT OF THE KOSMOS
For if after they have escaped the pollution of the KOSMOS through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2 Peter 2:20.
44. THE LOVE OF GOD AND LOVE FOR THE KOSMOS CANNOT COEXIST.
Love not the KOSMOS, neither the things that are in the KOSMOS. If any man love the KOSMOS, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
Agape Love seeks The Ultimate Good Of The KOSMOS; deliverance from the KOSMOS. Christians are not to contribute anything to the KOSMOS that would strengthen or encourage its diabolical values. While we love the inhabitants with a redeeming love, seeking their eternal welfare through the knowledge of Christ … we make no encouraging contributions to its humanistic enterprises such as achieving peace through human government apart from God’s moral law. To be a part of the system in business affords the Christian an opportunity to prove that God’s methods and prayer can prevail and is the better system.
45. THE PRESENT WORLD SYSTEM WILL BE DESTROYED!
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the KOSMOS and the reapers are the angels. (40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this KOSMOS. Matthew 13:39-40
46. THE WILL OF GOD: THAT CHRIST DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL AION
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil (Greek, poneros; morally vicious and derelict) AION, according to the will of God and our Father: Galatians 1:4 (See John 7:7)
47. ONLY FAITH IN CHRIST CAN SAVE MAN FROM DAMNATION
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the KOSMOS, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16.
Fundamentalism has left Christ’s teachings on the KOSMOS. As the church loses the sense of evil in worldliness we start making the mistake of defending it.
What we defend, we love.
What we love, we admire.
What we admire we conform to.
What we conform to reveals what we love.
Human nature only defends and conforms to what it admires and loves! When we attach our affections to anything in this KOSMOS we have sinned against the love of God . . . we have learned to love sinful things forbidden of God, and that, sir, is idolatry! (Colossians 3:5) Denial of these truths only proves the state of self deception that grips the church.
Ignorance That Is Intentional – The fact that we defend worldliness as something harmless and refuse to see it as a hideous enemy of the faith as God’s Word declares, is rebellion against the Holy Spirit.
WORLDLINESS DETERMINES THE FATE OF GOD’S PEOPLE
The fate of the church hangs on the highly redemptive power of sanctification! If we do not repent and return in humility to the doctrines of sanctification, the deception that grips the church given to the gods of gold and creature comforts will pull it into perdition.
Satan Is Effective And Efficient Against The Church – It is amazing how the enemy has turned the church away from the purifying doctrines of the Bible into fables. He is indeed a snake! And the liberals and apostates are his mesmerized victims.
Transformation is the answer. Transformation takes place only as I commune with God in secret prayer. Transformation is the renewing of the mind by combining the knowledge of His Word with His holy presence in prayer. HOLINESS is the effect of God’s presence upon the broken heart that is surrendered to Him; spirit, soul and body.
It is not enough that I pray, but I must pray for the right things, for high things, impossible things, magnificent things which I only seek when I have the faith that comes by hearing the Word of God. I must ask God to give to me according to His riches and His wishes, and not according to my carnal preferences. My motives must be based on the desire to transcend my present moral state.
The prayer for separation from the KOSMOS is the highest kind of petition a child of God can place before the God of Heaven!
We all know that we can ask amiss. But I can never make that mistake when I ask to be pure and holy and separated from the evils of the KOSMOS in my affections.