Come Out of the World

by Timothy Jerry

PT 2exit

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(John 16:33 NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Wherever we go in today’s world, we find that people seem to be stretched to the limit, with so much to do, yet so little time. We scurry about like Hamsters in a cage, trapped in the ongoing confines a world that has been erected to keep us in our place.

Many feel the constant pressure of employers who often demand more hours for less pay. Family lives that have become a whirlwind of extra curricular activities that keep them on the run.

On top of this, people come to the end of each month and find that they rarely have enough money to meet the ever growing demands of the rising cost of living. People are stressed out, maxed out, and simply burnt out by all the various things that seem to be pulling at them from every direction. As a result of the ever growing pressures of life, many Christians neglect of their relationship with God. They rarely pray, or spend quality time with God in His Word. Their life of faith is often relegated to serving God out of whatever is left over of their time, strength, and resources, which is often little or nothing.

The great American dream has seemed to turn into a nightmare for many. Anxiety and even despair fill the thoughts of people everywhere. A growing cynicism has taken root in the hearts of people of our country, who often feel betrayed by political leaders, as if they are no more than helpless pawns to be manipulated by the power brokers of the age.

These conditions are not unique to people of the United States alone. European’s are facing the same challenges, while the developing countries of the world struggle to just survive in a dog eat dog global economic system.

How Did We Get Here? We have been sold a bill of goods. In his book ‘The End of Work’ Jeremy Rifkin explains that as early as the 1920’s corporations began to design a strategy to motivate s all to want more. They invented a market strategy to create a permanent class of “dissatisfied customers,” who were never content with what they currently possessed.

According to Economist John Kenneth Gailbraith, the new mission of business was to “create the wants it seeks to satisfy,’ and the only way to accomplish this was to change the consumers values.

In his book ‘Mustard Seed verses McWorld,’ author Tom Sine states, “Over the past seventy years the corporate world has succeeded brilliantly in persuading us to change our values and wants, and the church has hardly seemed to notice.”

He goes on to say that “in recent years marketers have discovered an effective way to persuade us to increase our appetite for more. They have sought to convince us that in addition to the basic human needs of air, water, food, and shelter, we all have a fifth human need: the need for novelty, “the need throughout our life for a continuous variety in external stimulation of our eyes, ears, sense or organs and all nervous network. And by far the majority of us, including people of faith, seem to have bought this propaganda. In this constant quest for novelty, we have accepted McWorld’s claim that yesterday’s luxuries are today’s necessities.

It isn’t surprising that we succumb. Over a 24 hour period we are assaulted with an average of three thousand messages that seek to persuade us that we are inadequate if we don’t purchase the newest novelty. Before children enter the first grade, they will be exposed to over thirty thousand advertisements not only to give them an appetite for novelty but also to decisively shape their worldview. The message of the McWorld “consumer church” couldn’t be clearer. “The ultimate meaning of human existence is getting all the stuff.”

In recent years the slogan “He who dies with the most stuff wins!” has been coined expressing this new consumer worldview.

There is a spiritual force behind all of this that is of the world, and it is not of God. 1 John 5:19 (NLT) We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one.

1 John 2:15-17 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. {16} For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. {17} And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.

Babylon Rising: I am convinced that the great end time whore ‘Babylon,’ as mention in the book of Revelation is the global economic system that will ride upon the global government of the Antichrist.

Revelation 18:3 (NKJV) “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

Coming Out: As we continue reading this passage we hear a clarion call to God’s people that has never changed. That message is abundantly clear. Revelation 18:4-5 (NKJV) And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. {5} “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

In the World, Not of the World: There is a fine line between being in the world and being of the world, yet we must know the difference.

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? {15} And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? {16} And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” {17} 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.” (7:1) Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

This world and all that is in it is not of the Father. As bitter of a pill as this may be for many to swallow we dare not simply pay lip service to God, while living knee deep in the ways of the world. Nearly all that is in this age that the majority of people and nations spend their ever waking moments pursuing stands in direct defiance of God. We must not allow the allurements of the world around us to seduce us into believing and then living a lie.

How Do We Begin to Break Free? Mission control, we have a problem! “If you only do what you have always done, you will only have what you have always had.” John Maxwell

The first step to freedom is waking up and opening our eyes! Believers cannot continue to rely upon stereotypical pat answers to deal with reality. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT) A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

There seems to be a serious lack of foresight among pastors and other Christian leaders in the church in the United States. Many within the church refuse to deal realistically with the future because it is just seems too ominous. Far too many Christian leaders see the world through rose colored glasses that simply distort reality.

The church of Laodicea stands as a signpost to warn us of assuming all is well without taking serious inventory of our lives. What I find so shocking about this church, is the fact that they were so utterly oblivious to their spiritual poverty. Revelation 3:17 (NKJV) “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked;

Wake up call: We must begin to recognize that the world around us is driven by the enemy. His one goal is to use the economic, and media systems of the world to bring us into bondage, and by all evidence he seems to be succeeding in his mission. If the church in the West is going to survive to make any substantial impact upon this world in the next fifty years, it will require a radical departure from our current lifestyle and way of thinking. Business as usual simply will not do.

 

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  1. Excellent post Tim. I did a similar message entitled “Come out of Babylon” when I sat in for a pastor one Sunday a few months ago. I had a man come up to me after the service and said how he didn’t see how this applies to the church today.
    I have said, and will continue to say, that far too many Christians today are Biblically illiterate. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true, and in my opinion, is one of the biggest reasons why this country is in such dire straits. There’s something wrong in a nation where 56% of them agree that gay marriage is normal. We’re heading for the end of this age, and it’s coming fast.

    Thank you and God Bless,

    Rob Biller

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