Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stop Loving the World - Chap 2

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 2 he looks at reasons for not loving this world:
  1. Christians have a higher calling (p. 15).
  2. It is unreasonable (pp. 15-19).
  3. It is scandalous (pp. 19-20).
  4. It is idolatrous (p. 20).
  5. It is dangerous (pp. 20-22).
  6. It deals with the impossible (p. 22).
  7. It makes God the Christian's enemy (pp. 22-24).
  8. It debases our understanding (pp. 24-25).
  9. It is utterly destructive (pp. 25-26).
  10. It is hostile to godliness (pp. 26-27).
  11. It is the devil's trap (pp. 27-28).
  12. It leads to apostasy (p. 28).
The author states an obvious, but discredited, reality: "The things of God are better than the things of the world," (p. 18).



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"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).