Posts Tagged ‘Worldliness’

Well a few days ago I finally finished the book Worldliness by C. J. Mahaney and company. I started reading (and posting) very enthusiastically about the book as I thought it to be a subject that I needed to work on in my own personal life and know more about to help others. I was excited to hear that Mahaney considered it more of a heart issue than anything else, but as I read through the book, he and his guests focused more on the outside; the way we dress, what kind of movies we watch, what kind of music we listen too, how much time we spend blogging etc. It almost got legalistic… I dunno, maybe I just was expecting them all to deal with the issues of the heart that make us crave for the things of the world. The subjects that they talked about are all gray issues. For one man they could be a sin, for others, not.

Though sadly to say i found a lot of the book a waste of time there were some good points and a few good chapters. I especially enjoyed Dave Harvey’s chapter called “God, My Heart, and Stuff” in which he dealt with the sin of materialism. One thing that he said that stuck in my head was this. “Covetousness chains the heart to things that are passing away.”  I thought it to be a true picture of the stupidity of our covetous hearts.

Though I am a big fan of Mahaney, I didn’t care too much for this one… I’d stick to his more gospel-centered books, like Living the Cross  Centered Life or Humility.

Well I am off to my pile of remaining books… Next up: Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges and War of Words by Paul David Tripp.

Blessing to you all,

J. C. Hahne

Yesterday I quoted the book “Worldliness” concerning the fact that the church today is wounded and weak, struggling to separate itself from the worlds ways. Yes many times you can’t even tell the difference between a so-called Christian and the rest of the world. We are called as God’s redeemed people to abstain from the fleshly lusts that war against us. We are called to crucify the flesh. We are called to sanctified lives; set apart in holiness toward God Almighty. So how should the church fight, and thus fulfill its call? What is the remedy? The Cross of Christ ! The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

I will quote once again C. J. Mahaney who in turn quotes John Owen.

“If you want to begin  immediately to weaken the influence of worldliness in your life, take the sound advice from the great physician of the soul, John Owen:

owen1‘When someone sets his affections upon the cross and the love of Christ, he crucifies the world as a dead and undesirable thing. The baits of sin lose their attraction and disappear. Fill your affections with the cross of Christ and you will find no room for sin'”

This is what every Christian must decide in his heart to do daily. To fill his affections with the cross of Christ. Doing this will crucify the cares of this world. In and of ourselves it is impossible but as Phil 4:13 says, “I can do all things through HIM who strengthens me.”


worldliness1As I previously said, I have started reading a book entitled “Worldliness” writen by C. J Mahaney and his gang of Sovereign Grace friends, and I wanted to share a few quotes that have shown me the importance of studying the topic of worldliness.

“Today, the greatest challenge facing American Evangelicals is not persecution from the world, but seduction by the world.” – C. J. Mahaney

“I believe… that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.” – C. H. Spurgeon

Indeed, the church is crippled by the lusts of the world, as its eyes have been taken off the cross of Christ.

Coming up next… the remedy!!! The Gospel!!