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Love Not The World


 

 

Horatius Bonar January 30th, 2007

 

Horatius Bonar often wrote against the worldliness that he perceived was creeping into the church. If he was concerned about it in his day, how much more should we be on guard in a day when the difference between the church and the world is hardly noticeable. It is important for those who profess a love for Christ to understand that the friendship of the world is enmity with God. Bonar published this little piece in The Christian Treasury as a help for his readers to remember the importance of our fight against the world and to remain diligent in our watch for worldliness.
                               
Love Not The World—Why?
Because the gain of it is the loss of the soul.—Matthew 16:25.
Because its friendship is enmity to God.—James 4:4.
Because it did not know Christ.—John 1:10; 17:25.
Because it hates Christ.—John 7:7; 15:18.
Because the Holy Spirit has forbidden us.—1 John 2:15.
Because Christ did not pray for it.—John 17:9.
Because Christ’s people do not belong to it.—John 17:16.
Because it will not receive the Spirit.—John 14:27.
Because its Prince is Satan.—John 13:31; 16:11.
Because Christ’s kingdom is not of it.—John 18:36.
Because its wisdom is foolishness.—1 Corinthians 1:20.
Because its wisdom is ignorance.—1 Corinthians 1:21.
Because Christ does not belong to it.—John 8:23.
Because it is condemned.—1 Corinthians 1 1:32.
Because the fashion of it passeth away.—1 Corinthians 7:31 .
Because it slew Christ.—James 5:6; Matthew 21:39.
Because it is crucified to us.—Galatians 6:14.
Because we are crucified to it.—Galatians 6:14.
Because it is the seat of wickedness.—2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:19.
Because its God is the evil one.—2 Corinthians 4:4.

 

‘Love not the world! It cannot be your home,
Thy fatherland must be the world to come;
There lay up treasures for eternity;
And where thy treasure is thy heart shall be.’

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