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October 18, 2017
A Classic Billy Graham message: In the World, But Not of it
Graham’s messages never get old.
In the New Testament it is clear that we are not to become entangled with the world. Throughout the bible the lines are definitely drawn between the world of unbelievers and the world of the children of God. Christians will face opposition in the world. It is not easy for Christians to distinguish between that which is spiritual and that which is worldly. Satan can be very deceiving. The Bible teaches that worldliness is a force that is in opposition to all that is Godly and Christian. Its goal is selfish pleasure, material success and the pride of life. It is ambitious, self-centered. God is not necessarily denied; He is just ignored and forgotten. We are either under the influence of this world or in Christ and under the direction of the Spirit of God. There is no neutral ground.
We are involved in a spiritual conflict. This is a battle between the forces of God and the forces of Satan, and we are involved in it. We are asked to choose sides. We are not to hold the world in contempt. We are to obey its laws. We are to love those for whom Christ died. We are to pray for them, witness to them, and help them if we can. But the most difficult of all tasks, not to be conformed to the world. This is the Christian’s stand; this is the Christian’s job.
Submitted by Patti Miller