Friendship with the World

Phil Johnson, the founder of the Pyromaniacs blog, once wrote an incredible essay on the dangers of the Church befriending the world. In it he said the Church, under such pretexts as “contextualization,” “missional living,” and “relevance” has demonstrated an unbridled willingness to accommodate Divine truth to human preferences.

Strong words.

You know what? God’s words are stronger…

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” — James 4:4

Accommodating sin is never an appropriate means of reaching sinners.

TrumpetPhil Johnson’s essay, which originally ran in February 2009, has been reposted today. Read it for yourself. It’s worth it.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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