Christianity today is so entangled with this present world that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern. Compromise is everywhere, but, actually, no real union between the world and the Church is possible. When the Church joins up with the world, it is the true Church no longer but only a pitiful hybrid thing but an object of smiling contempt to the world and an abomination to the Lord! Nothing could be clearer than the pronouncements of the Scriptures on the Christian’s relation to the world. The confusion that gathers around this matter results from the unwillingness of professing Christians to take the Word of the Lord seriously. This whole thing is spiritual in its essence. A Christian is what he is not by ecclesiastical manipulation but by the new birth. He is a Christian because of a Spirit, which dwells in him. Only that which is born by the Spirit is spirit, no matter how many church dignitaries work on it!
Pray . . . that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. John 17:15
When the Church joins up with the world, it is the true Church no longer but only a pitiful hybrid thing but an object of smiling contempt to the world, and an abomination to the Lord!
Lord, I pray that You will strengthen my resolve not to compromise my spiritual life with worldly values. Help our churches to be separate from the world as You command us.