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“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”


Whoever therefore

There are no exceptions to the following principle. 

wants to be a friend of the world

The word “wants” conveys more than desire or a wish but the more forceful idea of resolving to hold one value over another. It is a volitional decision after careful deliberation. This is the process whereby a carnal Christian arrives at his carnality. 

2 Ti 4:10, “…for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.”


Friendship with the world constitutes the carnal Christian as an adulteress.


Some Christians chose the world system over God’s system. The world-system is all that is contrary to God’s viewpoint. There is a difference between the world-system and the natural world. We live in the natural world; therefore, we do not separate ourselves from the physical world, but we separate ourselves from the world-system. We believe in separation from the world but isolation from it. We are in the world but not of it. We are what the soul is to the body. 

2 Co 6:17-18, “Therefore

            ‘Come out from among them

            And be separate, says the Lord.

            Do not touch what is unclean,

            And I will receive you.”

18 ‘I will be a Father to you,

            And you shall be My sons and daughters,

Says the Lord Almighty’.”

We cannot love God halfheartedly. He wants all of us or none of us. To embrace one is to forsake the other. When we lose heart for God, something else has displaced our love for God.