Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World Unabridged Audiobook on CD
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This resource uncovers the subtle presence of worldliness in our hearts and helps believers learn to relate to the world while resisting its influence.
People today are saturated in technology and abundance. Most of us have access to endless luxuries: clothes to wear, cars to buy, vacations to take, entertainment to enjoy. Yet this world, which offers so many pleasures, is actively opposed to God and the truth of His Word. How, then, is the Christian to relate to the world in which we live?
In Worldliness, C. J. Mahaney and fellow pastors wisely lead us to see the often subtle presence of worldliness in our hearts-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions (1 John 2:16).
Looking at the areas of media, music, modesty, and material possessions in particular, Worldliness explores how Christians are to live lives worthy of the gospel and engage a fallen world, without being conformed and ultimately seduced by the system of this world.
Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This audiobook is excellent.April 17, 2011Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In "Worldliness", C.J. Mahaney and other pastors lead Christians through the seductions of this world and ask the question, "Does it matter what movies we watch, clothes we wear, music we listen to or activities we participate in?" Do we see people who take a firm stand against R-rated movies and other worldly seductions as legalistic, rigid and party poopers? Do we find ourselves rationalizing our behavior as a way to witness? Have you heard people say they need to watch the popular movies and listen to the current musical trends in order to "understand" the culture where we witness? I have and I have used this rationalization as well.
This book is convicting. Every word is based on truth, but many of us will still find ourselves defending ourselves with the witnessing to others excuse. Do we really need the latest technology, the biggest house or the most expensive car? Is watching movies with nudity and crude language really a way to witness to others?
It's time Christians took a firm stand against Hollywood and media. God requires us to separate ourselves from the world. As Mahaney points out, God loves the world, but in 1 John 2:15 (NIV), God tells us "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." Why do we continue to overlook this verse as if it doesn't exist or doesn't mean what it says. God wants pure, holy people. He knows we are sinful which is why He provided Jesus as a way of salvation.
This book will make you think. It will make you argue, but in the end, you will know what's right and wrong. Pastors should preach this from the pulpit. Worldliness is not next to godliness--it is the farthest thing from it. Are you guilty? I know I am. Would we not make a better witness if we separated ourselves from sin rather than falling head over heels into it? Wouldn't saying "I don't want to anger or disappoint my Father in heaven by participating in this activity" be better?
Take some time to reflect on your attitude toward sin. Listen to this audiobook. Maybe if Christians looked at their behavior as sin, revival could begin anew.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from Christianaudio.com as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."