Saturday, February 13, 2010

We Are The World?

The Spirit of the World

I have an honest question for those who consider themselves Christians. Can anything good come from the world?

This is a serious question; not a rhetorical one. I am not asking for some knee-jerk response. Really consider this question as well as your own response to it.

Do you personally believe that it is possible for the world to produce any good thing? Can anything that the world generates be modified and repackaged to make it acceptable to God and safe for His people? Is it "normal", "okay", and "just a part of life" to have some attachment to the things of the world?

"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." I John 2:16
Look at the Scripture above. Does God really mean that ALL which is in the world is not of the Father? Aren't there even some things of the world that are okay?

I often get these types of questions/comments. What type of music is okay to listen to? What movies are okay to see? Shouldn't we be trying to win over the political, economic, and educational systems for God? How are we supposed to live down here, because we are still in the world and we cannot be hermits? It is only natural for us to partake in the things of the world. Plus, I like certain artists, certain songs, certain shows. How are we to reach the lost if we remove ourselves from everything?

My only response is for us to look at what God has to say. It is not a matter of personal preferences or opinions. What does God say about the world and a Christian's relationship to it?

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4

This is very strong language. God is not just displeased or disappointed when we befriend the world. We make ourselves His enemy.

Can one be the friend of God and His enemy at the same time? Can you join with the world and at the same time be joined to God? According to the word of God such is not possible. Yet, many will tell you that you must embrace the world in order to fully do the will of God. They claim that the causes of the world are the causes of God.

They even claim that the degree to which you serve the world is the evidence to whether you really know God. It is this type of perverted thinking that allows the world to hold up individuals such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie as examples of the best of humanity, while their lives of debauchery, adultery, and sexual perversion are ignored as of no consequence. The world's definition of godliness is based on a perverted Gospel and exalts a false "god" of humanism that glories in man and attempts to eradicate any knowledge of the True & Living God.

One example is the "We Are the World" initiative for Africa and its remake "We Are The World: 25 for Haiti" as a relief effort for Haiti.

This version features Producers Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Wyclef Jean, Rickey Minor, and RedOne as well as the musical talents of Carlos Santana, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Sugarland, Adam Levine, Jason Mraz, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, The Jonas Brothers, T-Pain, Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger, India Arie, Mary Mary, Bebe Winans, Gladys Knight, Keir Hilson, Joel & Benji Madden, Heart, Brandy, Pink, Musiq Soulchild, Miley Cyrus, Akon, Jordin Sparks, Celine Dion, Ron Thomas, Katherine McPhee, Jeff Bridges, Randy Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Patti Austin, Kid Cudi, Usher, Will.I.Am, Kanye West, Bone Thugs and Harmony, LL Cool J, The Fray, Snoop Dogg, Nicole Richie, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, Robin Thicke, Barbara Streisand, and Lil Wayne just to name a few.

It is quite a collection of accomplished artists. A wonderful thing that they have all given of their time to participate in this endeavor and help raise awareness about the plight of those in Haiti. A very charitable act that may bring in much needed monies and resources to help a desperately impoverished country.

But I ask you again, "Can the world produce any thing that is good?"

A wise brother in the Lord recently said, "All good is done not just because of Christ, but THROUGH Christ. We don’t just do good because of Christ. Christ does good through us." The insight this brother shared is basically that all which can be called good is such only because it comes from God. Therefore, can something be called "good" if it is not inspired by God?

"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God." Luke 18:19

Let's take a look at the lyrics for We Are the World.
There comes a time, when we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying, And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on, pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of, God's great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart, so they'll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand


When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe, there's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well, let us realize, that a change will only come
When we stand together as one

Who is giving this "certain call" we should heed telling us that we "MUST" come together as one? Does the Bible indicate that the "world" will come together as one? Yes. It was tried in Babylon at the Tower of Babel and it will also be tried again at the end times when all of the people are united under the power of the Beast (Revelation 17:13).

Is this present, temporal life (which will end) the "greatest gift of all" or is eternal life (which never ends) offered through Jesus Christ the greatest gift of all?

We are "all" a part of God's great big family? Is that what the Scriptures say? Are ALL people God's children, regardless of what they believe and how they live? God says that the only ones who belong to Him are those who have faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26).

What kind of "love" is it that we need? Is it the love that is of God which compels us into obedience of His commands or is it the love of the world which rejects God's commands in favor of tolerance and acceptance for even that which is against God?

What "choice" are we making by agreeing to join together with the world? Again, the song tells us. By joining together in unity with the world, we are "saving our OWN lives". As such, we no longer need God to save us. We in essence become our own saviors, our own gods. Indeed, in such a scenario all we need is "just you and me".

Does God say that we are to be "the world" or does He call us to be separate from the world? Whose "children" do we become when we follow the song's instructions and join with the world? The song lyrics tell you themselves!

"As God has shown us by turning stone to bread". WHEN has God turned stone into bread???? NEVER! However, there is someone who called upon Jesus Christ to reject God the Father and serve him instead by turning stone to bread.

In the Garden of Eden, God's words were twisted so that Eve would be enticed to disobey Him.

Who is twisting God's words here? Whose "call" is being heeded when you join with the world? Whose "children" do you become when you join with the world? Whose choice are you accepting when you do this?

The one who wanted God to turn stones into bread, who was none other than Satan.

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." II Corinthians 4:4

I can hear folks saying now, "Oh there they go! Everything has to be the devil. Can't they just appreciate the fact that people are trying to do something nice? Don't they see the love that is being demonstrated by these people? They are trying to help others and that is what God would want us to do."

Understand why I am taking the time to review this. On its surface, the "We Are the World" project seems respectable, honorable...even God-like. But what does God say? Can the world produce any good thing? What do the lyrics of this song tell you? Whom do they glorify? Do the best of intentions make it okay to disobey God?

This is exactly what the devil tries to get you to do. Believe that the world has some redeeming qualities. Think that there is something in the world which is worthwhile. Have the inkling that man can come together in righteousness without God. Possess some hope in this world.

This belief (whether verbally expressed or subconsciously held) is exactly why people come to this site defending the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight, Hip Hop, entertainers, Mardi Gras, Prosperity Preachers and other worldly perversions...all the while claiming to be Christians! They still have some hope in this present, evil world.

This is why the performance of "WE Are The World" at Michael Jackson's funeral showed the true intent and inspiration behind this song. It is an anti-christ agenda that aims to deny the deity of Jesus Christ and usher in a world-wide religion of humanism.

"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19

I fully expect the world to join with the world. Yet how do supposed Christian Gospel artists even bring themselves to sing the words of this song? How do Christians buy these records or even sing them?

Should you try to help those in need? Of course! Should you care about the sufferings of others? You will do so if the love of God is in your hearts. But it must be the love of God which motivates and leads you in all things, not some anti-christ agenda to unite across all humanity apart from God.

This is not about "We Are the World". It is about understanding how GOD views the world and ensuring that our views align with His.

"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." John 17:9

Contrary to popular belief, the world is not a "good" place. This world will be destroyed (II Peter 3:12-13; Revelation 21:1). God is not trying to redeem or save the world. He is not trying to set-up His kingdom in this world (John 18:36). God is against this world and is calling His people to come out of the world so that we are not destroyed when He executes judgment on it.

So, I ask you again, can any good thing come from the world? What does God have to say in this matter? If you profess to love the Lord, then you need to ponder this question in your own hearts.

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." John 17:16

So with all of that said, what does it mean to be separated from the world? It means to be sanctified. This is the process whereby we are cut off or separated from that which is unclean in our inner man.

It is not about us moving off to a commune with no TVs, no music, and not interaction with the world. It means being reshaped in the image of God so that the attachments to and desires of the world are no longer in us. It is the sentiment Jesus expresses below:

"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." John 14:30

How many of us can say that the prince of this world has "nothing" in us? When the latest movies come out, are we one of the first ones going to see them? What stations are on our radios or songs are on our ipods? What shows are we watching on TV? What world figures are we listening and giving credence to?

I am not speaking of legalism or putting people up under chains. I am imploring you to take a real and honest look at your own desires for they reveal to you what is really in your heart. Any man, any message, any activity that tries to get your mind focused on this world is of the devil (Colossians 3:2).

When you are truly sanctified in your souls, you can be in the midst of sin, in the midst of the world, and not be contaminated by it. It will not be able to affect or defile you because you will not have any desire for it which can be used to pull you away from God. Remember, when a man is drawn into sin, he is drawn by his own lusts (James 1:13-15). This is why the flesh and its carnal, worldly desire must be crucified.

Why is sanctification so important? It is not so that we can say we are "better" than another. It is all about Jesus. When we are separated from that which is unclean - in the inner man - Jesus can be seen through and in us. It is not our efforts which reach the world, but the life of Jesus Christ being seen through a poured out vessel in a dying world that draws men unto Himself. We don't have to worry about reaching the world. If we sanctify ourselves and become vessels fit for the Master's use, He will draw men unto Himself all by Himself. Jesus in us draws men, not our own personalities or opinions.

This whole salvation walk is about getting Jesus Christ birthed within us so that He may be seen and glorified (Galatians 4:19). That is why the devil fights so hard to keep you entangled in the affairs of this life (II Timothy 2:4). Satan knows that if he can keep you alive to the world - or the world alive to you - this will impede Christ's development within you and hinder Him from being seen. Satan is seeking to put out the life of Christ in His Body - the only hope for the world - so that people will not be drawn to Jesus.

This battle is so much bigger than the music you like, the movies you like, the entertainers you like, how you like to dress, how you like to dance, what you think is nice, and what you like to do to enjoy your life in this present world. It is about WHO will deny themselves and lay down their lives so that Christ may live. Sanctification in the inward man is a requirement for Christ to be seen in you, so Satan fights this by trying to keep you tied to the world.

Are you still looking for some hope in this world? Still trying to find something in the world that is okay? Looking for that piece of the world which is acceptable? Are you still trying to have your best life now and find your place in this world? Forsake these things. Pray and ask God to cleanse you in the inner man and replace the love for the things of the world with His love so that He can give you the desires of your heart. Don't be deceived by taking the things of the world lightly. For God does not.

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." I Corinthians 2:12

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27


  1. The time has come to make a choice - that song only gratifies the people who sang it and earned money/tax breaks not to mention the more sinister agenda of genocide of a race of people we are currently witnessing.

    I am 26 years old and from a generation who have been taught by MTV SATC hip hop magazines and THE WORLD itself to turn their bodies over to Satan. If you are not seeking salvation through Christ our Lord you are worshipping the devil and our society is leading us there daily.

    Satan can 'market' himself to every generation what saddens me now in this time is seeing Brothers and Sisters in the Church fawn over the Obamas and the Winans and all those other people who were invented by the devil to lead the righetous astray. There now is a version of the world for every demographic.

  2. Wow……thank you for this question, as it really has me examining myself. Thank you, thank you!!!! Honestly, I did not think deeply about the song and project until you brought it to my attention. Like, you mentioned I agreed with the idea of using the song to help Haiti and deemed it a “good” idea because it was being done for a “good” cause.

    To answer your questions; NO, the world cannot produce anything that is good? My questions are: does God use the world to produce good? Can God use the world for good? More specifically, is God displeased with the Christians that helped with this project even though they thought it was for “good?” Could a Christian be a part of this project or any “worldly” project that is intended for good? Can Christians use the world for good? I can envision myself being paranoid about every project of the world that I think is for good. Is God knowing my heart enough? Soooo……many questions.

    Again, thank you for all your insight. I am always excited to see new posts. Thank you, and I am looking forward to your answers to my questions if you have time.

    Thank you.


  3. Thank-you for reminding that must keep our focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and the devils tenticals are ALL encomposed in the world!!

    This is a internal battleground that we all (if we choose)to fight. There are no demilitarized zones!!!!!!
    Thanks for the continued insight may the Lord continue to guide and lead you in all things.

    Stay encouraged

  4. Hi Shannon,

    I think those are good questions. Believe me. With this post, I am not talking "to" or "at" anyone. The questions posed I must ask myself...and answer too.

    I think God definitely uses the world to produce His good. He used the world to shape and mold Israel and He does so with the church. Not because the world is righteous, but because the unrighteousness of the world propels us more to Him. I see no Scripture where God signs off on the world being "good" in any way.

    My pastor used to say that the world is like afterbirth. It is used to hold a life being formed - the life of Christ in the Body of His people - but that once that Body has reached maturity, the life comes forth and the afterbirth is cast aside. It is a sort of vivid picture, but I believe it is true.

    In the Bible, Egypt is often used as a type of the world. Yet, we know that God set Joseph up as second in command to Pharaoh for His own purposes. So, because God can do anything, God can even raise people within secular environments or activities. But the difference is that one will not have to compromise to do so.

    If we look again at Joseph, we see what can happen when that which is Godly affects the world. In response, the world (Egypt) listens to and heeds that which is righteous (Joseph). But when the reverse happens, and the church begins to listen and give heed to the world, then we have a problem.

    God will never raise someone up by having them deny Him or do what He forbids.

    The key is just what you have said. We are not to be led by our own opinions of what we think is good. We must be led by the Spirit of God in all things. If we are, then we WILL do good in the world because He is the one working through us. In fact, the "good" that God does through us will likely be called evil by the world because it cannot receive the things of God. When we lean to our own understanding, it is a surefire way to be deceived.

    I do not believe for one minute that God told these "Christian" artists to join in a song that glorifies the "goodness" of man apart from God, proclaims that man can save himself, and perverts God's words. God esteems His word even above His own name.

    I am in no way saying to be paranoid. If there is one message from this post it is to seek God's will and ways in everything. Understand that God is calling us out of the world. It is not about being holier than thou, but about being set apart for the work of the Lord.

    God makes a separation in the inner man of every believer between the clean and the unclean. He births desires in our hearts that are Godly desires as part of the new birth. We must see sin as He does...and even see the world as He does.

    God Bless!

  5. Thank you kindly. I really like the afterbirth analogy. That made things crystal clear. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to the next post.

  6. Thank you for your analysis. I agree with your analysis. There is nothing good that can come from this world. Even though the people who produced this song are making a "nice" gesture, the context of the song ( the spirit that operates behind the song) is all wrong.

    We cannot save ourselves and our righteousness is as filthy rags. Righteousness based on our own authority mean nothing to God.

  7. Hmz. I don't know. And seems to me that all that is left is to live in total isolation from the world. Because EVERYTHING is bad? :S

    There is no more listening to music or watching television because of the EVIL being spread from those mediums.

    While growing up, right before I watched "Truth behind Hip-Hop", I wanted to become a recording artist. My goal was to become a muscisian, and I never even knew there was any such thing as SECULAR. I did not know the meaning. All I did was write songs. Songs with a message, if you like. Songs with nice endings, and nice flows. Not harmful at all.

    So, by this, are you trying to tell me that I cannot become a recording artist? Never accept an award in my life? And never mingle with the SECULARS?

    Basically. What I seem to get to each time I come on here, is that nothing is GOOD in this world.

    It all just seems accusing. But then again, no one forces me to come on here and read.

  8. Hi Chika,

    You say, "Basically. What I seem to get to each time I come on here, is that nothing is GOOD in this world."

    Not really. The church is "in the world" and the church is good because we are a reflection of Jesus and HE is good. There is a difference between being "in the world" and "of the world".

    There is also a difference between "isolation" and "sanctification". With isolation, you cut yourself off externally from everyone and everything.

    In sanctification, the desires for the world (including worldly rewards and success) are internally displaced (in the heart) by a desire for the things of God (Heavenly rewards and success). The key is not to be a hermit, but to be born again and sanctified so that even while being in the midst of the world, you are not contaminated by it.

    I am not telling you anything regarding what you do with your life. We must all make our own choices. I am simply pointing out what God has to say about the world and the things of the world. What each person does about that is between themselves and God.

    You are right. No one forces you to come her and read. :-) However, if you are, then maybe that is for a reason? This message has hit you hard, but is it the truth?

    Don't just take my words for it. Study what the Scriptures say about the world. Pray and ask God to reveal to you HIS will for your life. As long as you follow Him as He leads you, you have nothing to fear or worry about.

    Lastly, I just did a post this morning entitled "What manner of person ought ye to be?" Take a look at it as it may help with your study time with the Lord.

    I pray that He encourage you to continue in Him.

  9. This article had me thinking as all your articles do.I personally agree with you when you said that the world isn't good but God uses the world for his good. In my church,we are taught that as christians,we should be able to shine forth no matter where we are.We have a meeting every sunday before the main service called worker's meeting where workers in every sphere of the labour market are exposed to the wod of God and taught how to handle the pressures of the work palce with the word of God...
    santification means being set apart form the world in everything that we do...however,i believe that in doing so,there are tendencies to become extreme in our views and africa,people demonize everything...a young lady dies of child birth and people say it the work of evil forces...this is an extreme;in the same vein,an extreme view in the course of sanctification would be to avoid all the things of the world...some people accuse christians as being the most ignorant of people because some of them choose to avoid things all together.I know christians who do not listen to the news or watch television at the bible,daniel is one man that personifies sanctification.however,the bible records that he and his friends who choose the path of sanctification excelled in all the affairs of the knowlegde of the kingdom..(dan1;20) being set apart for God,they did not choose to read only the torah or mingle with only their kind...while the world may be lacking in the wisdom of the Lord,i do no think that God intends for us to pass through it without leaving our mark on it;we can only do that when we know what is going on.your blog posts on beyonce and the rest wasn't written out of was well researched...I think we as christians should focus more on examining our motives behind certain things we do be it music,books,dance,etc....I always ask God to give me the grace to live a balanced christian life and not to fall into the ditches of extremism that litter the narrow road of our christian walk with God...All in all,I just want to commned you..keep up the good work!

  10. Hi Estrella,

    I agree about the church shining forth. Scripture even tells us that the reason we shine is because the world is in darkness and we are filled with the light of Christ. So just as you said, if we walk in that light, then we will shine no matter where we are.

    I also agree that there are many misunderstandings about what sanctification is. We can stop watching TV, listening to music, going on computers, and still be filthy inside. What we need is to be cleaned out on the inside so that unGodly desires are removed.

    Now the world will always speak negatively of Christians because a carnal mind cannot understand spiritual things. There are things the world loves and promotes that Christians should certainly have nothing to do with.

    Yet, it is not our separating which cleanses us, but our separating places us in a position to be cleansed by Him. That doesn't mean never being involved in the things of the world. It means not being spiritually linked to them.

    Your example of Daniel is similar to the earlier one I shared about Joseph. God can certainly use someone in the secular world, but the evidence that such a person is being used by God is that they do not compromise with the world.

    I only would suggest one change to a part of your statement. You said, "i do no think that God intends for us to pass through it without leaving our mark on it"

    I would offer a change to that and say we are not called to leave "our" mark at all...but His. It is people trying to go around doing what they think are good works which leaves the church open for deception and derailment (Matthew 7:22-23).

    Our only hope is not in man's good works, but in the saving grace of God poured out through Jesus Christ on those who would repent and turn in faith to Him.

    I am sure you were not putting any stock in "man's work" by your statement. I just wanted to offer that clarification as I believe it speaks to the heart of the article.

    Thanks for your feedback and God bless!

  11. Great, scriptural post... great example of how Scripture is used to divide soul & spirit, and give us God's view on what goes on.

    Scripture helps keep us unspotted from the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, which is the essence of the world's system according to 1 John 2:15

  12. Hello sister in Christ. I bless God for your ministry and I agree with what you said, the song 'we are the world' is so satanic and those who composed the song know the god they are referring to.
    However, I was concerned about your comment 'God is not trying to redeem or save the world'.
    Possibly maybe in context I understand what you're saying i.e. the philosophy of the world is evil -
    but scripture is clear John 3:16-17 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.'
    The people in the world are sooooo important to God that He provided Jesus - God does care about the world and He does want the world, i.e. mankind to be saved

  13. Hi Esther,

    It is good to hear from you and I pray that you are well.

    I would completely agree that God does not want any one to perish and desires all to be saved.

    I think we have to make distinctions between when God is speaking of the people in the world versus the systems of the world.

    The salvation He provides is - as you say - for mankind. We know God is not saving the systems of the world because as you note, the text says "whosoever believeth" will be saved, demonstrating that it is speaking of man.

    We also know this because God has already judged the systems of this world and has stated that they will be destroyed.

    This article is discussing the systems of this world and those who align with it; not the people.

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify that.

  14. Good post. I am 27 years old, and have been seeking the Lord and have had my eyes and ears opened within the past few months. The world has sealed it's version of 'reality' in society - thus blinding most to the truth of God. My answer is no, there is nothing good in and of the world. Anything we want or desire (even of the simplest things) in the world is exhalting that person/object above God. The devil has done a serious work of convincing us what is 'harmless' or 'acceptable' or 'ok' to partake of. The reality is that all those things cater to the carnal mind. We are called to live by the spirit and renew our minds. Once God has opened your eyes and ears it becomes easier to see how our favorite TV show or restaurant or desire for a better house or worrying about our children, or whatever it may be is the exact opposite of trusting in and following God. I have struggled with these things, and I know it is hard to figure out how to live in this world with the present circumstances, but I also realize that I know nothing apart from Christ. I have been reading the old test. and the lord is showing me little by little what he requires of me.

  15. i just want to say a big thanks to you all, great work.
    I completely agree with you. I feel so bad to know that i was actually singing the word because i thought it was a very charitable deed but now i no better. Even the part that says 'we can go on pretending day by day that someone somewhere will soon make a change' makes everything crystal clear, how they intend to unite the system of this world without


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