Stop Loving the World [ISBN 978-1-60178-118-5] by William Greenhill is an appended sermon to his book The Sound Hearted Christian and provides excellent advice on identifying and suppressing inordinate love of the world. In this book Mr. Greenhill expounds 1 John 2:15, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world" by properly distinguishing between the correct use of the world versus the undue love the world.
Mr. Greenhill notes that "even saints are prone to love the world" and that "[t]here is a great suitableness between the world and hour corrupt hearts and natures," (p. 2). In Chapter 1 he addresses what is meant by "the world" and what it is to love the world.
First, the world is (1) all things created by God, (2) the customs and fashions of men, and (3) the pomp and splendor of men (pp. 3-5).
Next, Mr. Greenhill describes what it means to love the world. To love the world is:
- To hold it in high account (pp. 5-6)
- To fix your thoughts on it (pp. 6-7)
- To desire it (p. 7)
- To set your heart on the things of it (pp. 7-8)
- To employ your strength in, on, and about it (pp. 8-9)
- To watch for all opportunities and occasions to get the things of it (pp. 9-10)
- To endure great hardships for it (pp. 10-11)
- To favor it the most (pp. 11-13)
- To mourn and lament for the things of it that are taken away (p. 14)
- To be resolved to be rich and have it one way or another (p. 14)
This short book is not only very convicting, but it is also very helpful as it encourages the Christian to obey the first and greatest commandment to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind," (Matt. 22:37).
"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. For 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," (1 John 2:15-17).