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Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World
This resource uncovers the presence of worldliness and helps believers learn to relate to the world while resisting its influence in their lives.
People today are saturated in technology and prosperity. They are bombarded with endless luxuries: clothes to wear, cars to buy, vacations to take, entertainment to enjoy. Yet this world, which offers so many pleasures, is active...more
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)
(Quote from: Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World, Edited by C. J. Mahaney)
“Charles Spurgeon, writing 150 years ago, neverth ...more
This book is short, sweet, and to-the-point. It is certainly not guilty of empty and meaningless repetition as so many larger works can be. The combination of multiple authors addressing separate issu ...more
The contributors of this book, start off by asking if 1 John 2:15 ["Do not love the world or anything in the world":], is really in most Christian's Bibles. All of us are guilty of worldliness. But how do we go about avoiding this sin? C.J. Mahaney ...more
Blessings: This book strives to be true to biblical Christianity and extremely careful not to have a legalistic approach. C.J. Mahaney and his gang (term borrowed from Piper) did a thorough job in discussing the importance of addressing worldliness generally and media, music, stuff, and clothes specifically. The approach is Christ-exalting and Gospel-centered as opposed to being self-righteous and others-demeaning. To overcome the sed ...more
What I liked:
The chapters on music and clothing were practical yet non-legalistic. They provided more of an opportunity for self-evaluation than a black and white list of rules.
The overall perspective of the book. I think this book is full of wisdom and truth.
What I didn't like:
The chapters were written by a few different authors, and ...more
I just finished the audio book, Worldliness by C.J. Mahaney with contributing authors: John Piper (Foreword), Dave Harvey, Bob Kauflin, Jeff Purswell, and Craig Cabaniss.
The book begins with a challenging first chapter by Mahaney, wondering if the verse, I John 2:15, which says, "Do not love the world or anything in the world." is in Your Bible. Is it? What does this verse mean? This is the basic premise of the b ...more
After a typically excellent foreword by John Piper, Mahaney opens the discussion with a good definition of the problem of worldliness.
Craig Cabanis next considers the problems prese ...more
Worldliness is not just another book about the does and dont's of the Christian life. Rather this book addresses the heart behind the things we do and don't do as children of God. It goes beyond how we should dress and what movies we should not watch to dig in to why we dress the way we do and why we shouldn't watch a certain movie.
I enjoyed this book in the audio format for it's great quality. It was smooth and clear and the narration was enjoyable to listen to. Using the audio format ...more
This is the question that opens this book, written as a collaborative effort by C.J. Mahaney, Craig Cabaniss, Bob Kauflin, Dave Harvey, and Jeff Purswell, all of whom are affiliated with Sovereign Grace Ministries . These authors seek to address the tricky subject of how we are to engage the culture biblically without falling victim to the temptation toward the opposite extremes of legalism and worldlin ...more
If there is a better book, talk, or movie on this subject, I've yet to ever hear of it. I'm still processing a lot of what I read in this book (which I will be blogging about at a later date) but God has used this book to expose my heart's desire for worldliness that I never knew exsisted.
Here's what I like about this book and what makes it different from most (if not all) on this subject. It is written with humility, is full of grace, and saturated with ...more
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. –CH Spurgeon [page 23]
The goal of worldly people is to move forward rather than upward, to live horizontally rather than vertically. They seek after outward prosperity rather than holiness. They burst with selfish ...more
But while the authors do a great job of giving the reader biblical references, and they present the content very humbly, it's boring. I often found my mind wandering to other things going on in my life. There were times that I so badly wanted to be reading something other than this book. It felt like the ...more
Also - chapter 3 has a wonderful explanation of sacred music that has influenced me greatly.
Although C.J. is a known Calvinist, this book would leave one thinking that C.J. doesn't lean towards eternal security.
Anyone who thinks Christianity is simply "say a prayer, get dunked and you're good-to-go for heaven", should definitely read this book. It's a wake up call.
He currently co-hosts the Together for the Gospel conference with Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan and Albert Mohler and serves on the Council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and on the boards of The Council on Biblica ...more