“FRIEND” of the world…or “FRIEND” of God?

What would God’s “FRIEND” list look like?

James 4:4

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

The Apostle Paul gives us some identifying factors in Galatians 5:19-21, that says,

19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

For this post, I want to address verse 19 specifically.

19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,”

  • The WORKS - acts, the actions, the deed or thing done
  • of the FLESH - the sensuous nature of mankind…the base and natural cravings
  • are MANIFEST - instantly apparent, evident, known,  to be plainly recognized or known
  • which are THESE  - Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness…

ADULTERY – any unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another

The LAW is not the laws of man or the opinions of man, but the LAW of God Almighty.  It is He Who said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”

When a man or a woman begin cultivating a relationship with someone else’s spouse, they are treading on thin ice!  I recently saw this very scene play out in my own community. A “preacher” spent way too much time “counselling” with a woman who was married…only to end up seeing her divorce her husband of nearly 20 years and to begin a public relationship with him instead! They want to call it opinion or judging when you call their adultery “sin”, but God already identifies them for what they are…an ADULTERER and ADULTERESS! They care not what the Bible says or even the shame they bring to their pastor or to their local church (the Bride of Christ). As long as he can keep his radio “ministry”, “jail ministry”, and has a preacher or two who will agree with his wicked adultery.  The Bible becomes an irrelevant book that can be picked over for the things he wants to hear.  What a shock the Judgment of God will bring, when the Author of the 10 Commandments calls him to give account of his careless lusts and rendering of the Bible as null and void.

Sadly, other “Christians” can be seen online “liking” and commenting on their picture they have posted together.

I refuse to be silent or “let it die” when I know that GOD HATES ADULTERY!!!

FORNICATION – ANY illicit/unlawful sexual behaviour (pre-marital, extra-marital, sodomy, pornography, bestiality, etc.)

Again, the Law is the LAW of God Almighty.  He is the Creator and the ONLY One Who has the “right” to say so in ANY of our lives. When we live without boundaries and sin is reclassified as opinion and personal choice, then you leave the door open for every wicked illicit and immoral action, which God still calls SIN!

It used to be common place for Men of God to preach the Word of God against such wickedness, and to discipline those within the church who lived guilty of these sins.  Now, maybe if we don’t say anything, then maybe we won’t have to deal with it…and maybe it will go away.  It WILL NOT go away!

UNCLEANNESS – beginning in the mind, drifting to the motives, ending up in the manners of men who have strayed away from the LAW of God.

Secret sins are still sin, and it may surprise you to know that your sin may NOT be as “secret” as you think. God has a way of exposing the sins you thought were covered. Unclean thoughts, unclean motives, unclean fantasies, unclean behavior…as the leper of old…your life cries “UNCLEAN…UNCLEAN!!!”

LASCIVIOUSNESS – looseness, lessening of the standards, unbridled lifestyles, basically doing what is “right” in your own eyes

Here’s where it all begins.  A loosening of the standards…a lessening of the importance of Biblical holiness.  People begin living their life as if it was just that, THEIR LIFE! When pastors become puppets and will not act upon the Word they preach, or even more disturbing, they don’t even preach against it anymore. Turn your head, but God STILL sees the sin. Remain silent, yet God’s Word STILL speaks against lascivious lives. When there is no “fire” from Heaven or “power” in the preaching, there is no fear of God in the people. Then men tend to drift back into the ways they learned in “Egypt”. Churches are lulled to sleep and everyone forgets what the Bible says.

Forgetting what the Bible says seems to be the normal thought process of many in our day.

FORGET what the Bible says about ADULTERY, and they go ahead and break their covenant vows

FORGET what the Bible says about FORNICATION, and they live together, carousing around like animals

FORGET what the Bible says about UNCLEANNESS, and they plot and plan their wicked immorality (some let filthy pornography build for them a fantasy world and they keep a polluted mind)

FORGET what the Bible says about LASCIVIOUSNESS – and they quote verses, post pictures of Christmas scenes, love their “Family First” and fornicate, curse, living completely polar opposite of the Bible, having it “their way”.

What continues to be the greatest heartbreaker of all is the fact that so-called “Christians” will continue to “LIKE” their pictures, “FOLLOW” their timelines, and stay “FRIENDS” with those who have, by their lifestyles, “UNFRIENDED” and “UNFOLLOWED” God.

James 4:4

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.

I am NOT ASHAMED of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I cannot be silent about those who are polluting the Gospel with their wicked lifestyles!  The world EXPECTS for us to be different from what they are!  You could expect this kind of immoral behavior from the bar crowd and the club crowd, but these are “spots in your feast”.  These are they who live among us and pollute the community with their hypocrisy, immorality, and their lies. Whether they are “preachers”, “missionaries”, “families who are NOT submitted to the local church”, SIN is STILL SIN!

God KNOW who you are…and so do YOU.

God WILL take care of you!