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Living Right in a World Gone Wrong (5 of 6)
Series: Living a Christian Life in an ''X'' Rated Society
1 John 2:16
We have been in a series of messages called ''Living A Christian Life In An X-Rated Society''. And today we come to the fifth of these messages and I am going to speak today about ''Living Right In A World Gone Wrong''. I think you would have to agree that we are living a world gone wrong but we don't have to go the direction the world is going. In I John 2 he addresses the three things that we talked about in previous messages. He addresses heathenism, materialism, and narcissism. Heathenism is that pursuit of pleasure. Materialism is that pursuit of possessions. And Narcissism is that pursuit of pride or position. He calls it the world, the flesh and the devil, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
These things are not new. The pursuit of pleasure, the pursuit of possessions, the pursuit of position and pride are not new. They are as old as the Bible.
Now John is writing about how to live right in a world gone wrong. And he addresses the three things that people are pursuing today that the Bible prophesied they would in the last days. Paul said that in the last days men will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, that they would love only them selves. That their lives would be consumed in trying to look out for number one. And so in this passage, John comes to address these three things and he tells us how in a world that is obsessed with pleasure, with possessions, with position, you and I can go against the flow. We can go against the tide. We can swim up stream. We can bring glory to God. And in spite of all that is about us, we can live lives that are transformed by Christ.
I. EVALUATE EVERYTHING
First of all if we are to do this, we have to evaluate everything. I Thessalonians 5:21 says, ''test everything, hold on to the good, avoid all the evil.'' Now when the Bible says test ...
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