The world is not our friend. If you've read anything else I've written on the subject (and even in some things not related to this), you know the word of God stands firm on this, and I wholeheartedly preach it. Yet over and over again, Christians, both of the lay church, as well as leaders and thought provokers, constantly push the boundary. We look for something interesting, something new, something shocking, something that will get the world to take notice. The problem when we do this is that we become more like the world, and less like the Word says we should be. I'm beginning to hear great heresies being spoken and preached from pulpits, things promoting self, or arguing with the Biblical narrative of creation, or even questioning the deity (or real existence) of Jesus. This is what happens when we try and be friendly with the world. Don't get me wrong, I stand fast to “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life," yet Jesus died for the world without becoming like it. What we do when we move away from God's Word and in to our own ideas is the very first Sin that kicked us out of the Garden: we question God's Word. We listen to the Father of Lies who constantly whispers to us that same, first temptation "did God really say that?" and fall deeper and deeper in to establishing our own dominion instead of bending our knees humbly and submitting to God Almighty. We echo the cries of Rebellion of Satan, and the men of Babel, and the Kings of Israel and Judah and shout with our words and actions (From Isaiah 14:13-14) You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’ This is why we need to stand fast upon the word of God. If not, we're easily deceived, and led to believe that it is we, not He who sits upon the throne. Stand Fast! Stand upon the Word! Hebrews 4:11-13 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.