Paul N. F. (11 July 2011)


                       By A. W. Tozer

       Let an apostle say it for us: "All that is in the world,
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 world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but
he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever"
                                                         1John 2:16, 17

       This is the world by which we may test the spirits.
It  is  the  world  of  carnal enjoyments,  of  godless
pleasures, of the pursuit of earthly riches and reputation
and sinful happiness. It carries on without Christ,
following the counsel of the ungodly and being animated
by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that works
in the children of disobedience.              Ephesians 2:2

      Its religion is a form of godliness, without power, which
has a name to live but is dead. It is, in short, unregenerate
human society romping on its way to hell, the exact opposite
of the true Church of God, which is a society of regenerate
souls going soberly but joyfully on their way to heaven.

       Any real work of God in our heart will tend to unfit us for
the world's fellowship. "Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him"
1 John 2:15.  "Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness
with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with
darkness?"                               ---2 Cor. 6:14

       It may be stated unequivocally that any spirit that permits
compromise with the world is a false spirit. Any religious
movement that imitates the world in any of its manifestations
is false to the cross of Christ and on the side of the devil and
this regardless of how much purring its leaders may do about
"accepting Christ" or "letting God run your business."
    Yours in Christ,
    Paul N. F