Tozer on "Worldly Pollution"? ...or 'Church' Pollution?
There are so many eternally critical thoughts in this devotional. The things that Tozer touches on are the concern of my heart. My burden for most of my life has been for people who think that they are Christians and living in the light, but have compromised their souls and are really living in spiritual darkness. So much energy is spent on getting heathens 'saved' instead of cleaning up the lives of those that consider themselves to be parts of the body of Christ, yet look nothing like Jesus. Check out Ephesians 4:12, was the five fold ministry for the body of Christ or the World? Acts 2:47 says that 'the Lord added to their number' NOT the Spirit filled speech of Peter.
Please look up the Strong's definition of "saved" ...it means delivered. Delivered from what? Eternal Punishment? No, believe that is most often, if you read the Bible carefully, refereed to as 'eternal' salvation or being rescued. Most people in the 'church' today consider themselves 'saved' but not delivered from SIN. "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" What power? The power of Christ to change the nature of man from and sinner to a saint; from selfishness to self-less-ness.
"Perfecting of the saints", have you ever checked out what the Strong's dictionary has to say about the English word 'perfect'? It means "complete furnishing" and comes from a root word that means "to complete thoroughly, that is, repair or adjust". What is a 'saint'? Really? Perfecting the 'saints'? How can the Church 'complete furnishing' something that they do not believe is possible; a saint? ...unless you change the meaning of words ...or the"Word"? Study, meditate on the concept and let the Holy Spirit teach you about the heart of God and change your heart/mind!
On with the devotional, My inserted comments are small and in blue italics.
What, then, is that world against which we are warned by the apostles? That world whose friendship constitutes spiritual adultery, the love of which stands in opposition to the love of God?
There really is a large amount of the Scriptures, especially in the Old Testament, which speaks about 'spiritual adultery'.
Think about the fact that the 'church' is to be the 'bride of Christ'!
How could a successful marriage ever even start to get off the ground if the woman was spending the kind of time that most people, who call themselves by the name of 'Christ,' are spending with the vain, worthless activities of the 'World'.
Her husband 'to be' would say, 'Go marry the World, I want someone that wants to spend time with me and have affection for me!"
Maybe I am old fashion, but I want a woman that adores me, wants to spend a life time together, with me, who thinks I am the best thing around, and that I can take care of her needs better than anyone else.
It is the familiar world of sinful human society which swells about and beneath us as the waters of the flood once surged and churned around the ark of Noah. No Christian need fail to recognize it, provided he wants to know what it is and where it is located. Here are a few infallible marks of identification:
1. Unbelief. Strong's definition of unbelief - faithlessness, that is, disbelief, or unfaithfulness (disobedience)
Wherever men refuse to come under the authority of the inspired Scriptures, there is the world. Religion without the Son of God is worldly religion. To have fellowship with those who live in unbelief is to love the world. The Christian's communion should be with Christians.
Understanding the meanings of English words as well as the Greek and Hebrew meanings is essential to gaining life changing wisdom. If you want to really comprehend what a person is trying to tell you, you must know the meaning of the words he uses!
2. Impenitence. The people of the world will readily admit that they are sinners, but their lack of sorrow for sin distinguishes them from the children of God. The Christian mourns over his sin and is comforted. The world-ling shrugs off his sin and continues in it.
Impenitence - Want of penitence or repentance; absence of contrition or sorrow for sin; obduracy; hardness of heart. Final impenitence dooms the sinner to inevitable punishment.
The lack of repentance and turning from sin has overwhelmed the modern 'church'. There is a false teaching that was evidently not in the C&MA during Tozer's life, unless that is what he is talking about and calling them 'world-lings' rather than connecting them 'in any way' with Jesus. The idea that is widely shared today is that we can not have holiness and be without sin. Many people in the 'church' today love the darkness of the world rather than the light of the Word of God.
Paul gives a rather accurate description of Americans today, including many that attend church regularly and call themselves by the name of 'Christ"!
2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Seeds of doubt concerning God's Word, slowness to confess and forsake sin mark as (one as being) infected with worldly pollution. But there is deliverance through ( repentance, death to the self life and total surrender; submission to) Christ! Prayer
Deliver me, Lord, from worldly pollution. I want to turn from the negative and engage the positive.
How many of the things and activities that are sought for, worked for, fought over, stressed about or found so addictive, can go to heaven with you or have 'any' eternal value? "May we do each days work for Jesus, with Eternities values in view!"