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Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

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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

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Randy Alcorn
C. J. Mahaney and friends, men I trust, have written an excellent treatment of a vital and recently neglected subject. The difference between the world and the church is eroding at an alarming rate, and we need help with holiness. This book is biblically grounded and Christ-centered, full of grace and truth. Every chapter raises the bar of Christian living without falling into legalism. Worldliness is one of the most timely and much-needed books I’ve read in years. I highly recommend it.
This book was easily digestible but also suitable punchy. It doesn't dictate a bunch of specific don't do this and don't do that, but rather gets you to realise things by asking you questions. Questions like "Do I care what God thinks of what I look at/wear/listen to/own/etc? Who is my priority: myself and what I want or God and what he wants? There would be those who would cry out "Legalism!" when confronted with the removal of what they might perceive to be their Christian liberties. But this ...more
Bob Hayton
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
Any book entitled Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World promises not to be your average book on the shelf of today's Christian bookstore. The subject of worldliness, or love for the values of this fallen world, is not a popular theme.

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
Julia Forrester
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should we be concerned with “worldliness” today? Churches are trying to look more and more like the culture around us, they strive to be more “relevant,” so is “worldliness” a thing of the past? Is 1 John 2:15 still true today?

“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
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the Bible charges us not to love the world or the things in the world, our culture and our flesh often tempts us to love the world, even if just a little. In Worldliness, CJ Mahaney and friends look at multiple categories of ways for us to battle the pull of the world in our Christian lives.

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
Adam Shields
Short review:: I really do like several of Mahaney's books, but I think this one really missed the mark. There were some very good parts of it. But taken as a whole, the editorial decisions to focus on external sins (like music, media and how to dress) instead of internal issues of worldliness. Worldliness is both internal and external and focusing on the external creates a false sense of what inappropriate love of the world really is. The chapter on modesty was very inappropriate for the books. ...more
This book was ok, although I do think that it gave a representation which was at all easy to live by, in fact I would say it is impossible to be completely un-wordly. Actually thinking about this book I probably didn't enjoy it very much. Before I slate the book I would like to say the good thing was the way it was structured, it meant I wasn't forced to read things that didn't apply to me....this meant I could miss out chunks of it rather than actually facing the read! I'll admit I am worldy an ...more
Allison Anderson Armstrong
I enjoyed this book and learned from it. I appreciate their approach and end goal of pointing Christians to Christ and the gospel as our drive and desire for why we shouldn't be "worldly." I suppose they had to have chapters in there about music/dress/entertainment and many good thoughts were shared, though I felt at times the authors were just overthinking everything. I understand their hearts though and mostly agreed with them. The chapter on music was refreshing. Overall, a great read though ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worldliness is a good overview of how to relate to the world -- how to be in the world but not of it. It had some great points and some poor points, in my opinion.
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
Ryan Hawkins
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really pushed me to see Christ as supremely glorious and better than the world has to offer.

The book is an edited work, with only six chapters.

The first chapter explains the idea of worldliness from 1 John 2 having to do with desires, and it shows why worldliness is such a big deal, namely, because Christ is so glorious and that worldliness dulls our affections for him. This was a great chapter. My favorite quotes are, "Worldliness is so serious because Christ
Rachael Marsceau
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly good read. This book contains six chapters written by five different pastors. Each chapter tackles the subject of worldliness in these different areas: media, possessions, music, and dress. While I didn't agree with the end stance in the chapter on music, I found all the subjects very strong in their encouragement to aim higher. To do all things, own all things, listen to all things, wear all things, to the glory of God. There is no corner of our lives that God does not c ...more
Sarah Norton
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book edited by C.J. Mahaney. This is another compilation book written by several authors, 4 authors pen the 6 chapters with a forward by John Piper. It's a relatively short book, only 6 chapters but those chapter pack a bunch regarding how we relate to the world around us.

Mahaney begins the book by challenging us to not remove parts of the Bible, to not look over verses we don't like. Craig Cabaniss challenges us on our use of media, how we watch TV and Movies and what guide we use
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
Every believer should read this book! It is full of application that can be applied to one's life. It talks about the media, stuff, clothes and the world, and how not to be seduced through the worldliness of it all. Every day we struggle with those areas, and I am glad that I found a book that specifically talks about music and clothes. Excellent book.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good first chapter.

The others were quite specific and sometimes touchy, but helpful to create discussion about this important (and often ignored) command from the bible.
Greg Helms
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of life is a matter of the heart.
The Lord knows.

What do we desire, long for, fight for, and choose?
Overall, a thought-provoking read.

John Gardner
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this verse in your Bible? "Do not love the world or the things in the world." (1 John 2:15)

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 worldli
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Wordliness is a fantastic book that I believe should be in every Christian's library. C.J. Mahahney compiles articles from Craig Cabaniss, Bob Kauflin, Dave Harvey, and Jeff Purswell that all deal with some aspect of Christian living. Each writer has a clear focus in writing and ask solid, pointed questions that will push you to Biblically analyze how you spend your leisure time, what concessions you make in regards to entertainment, and ultimately how we should view our time in light of the Gos ...more
C.H. Cobb
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The pastors at Sovereign Grace Ministries have collaborated on this excellent little book on how to (and how not to) live in a fallen world. The topics are very practical and the counsel is thoroughly biblical. The book includes discussion questions in the back, making it quite useful for both private and group study.

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
Mandy J. Hoffman

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
As a general primer in the idea of living a Christian life without being focused on the trappings of the here-and-now, this book was okay. There were no really profound insights, but the book was presented as an aid in giving young believers a good general understanding of the difference between enjoying the world around them and having an ungodly attachment to it. If you've ever been in a conservative church group, you've probably heard everything the book says. It occasionally wades into the t ...more
Mike E.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book does an excellent job of delving into four key areas of worldliness impacting believers in USA: media, music, stuff, and clothes. Each of these chapters is written by a different author. However, the book is unified by being centered on loving Christ and the gospel. The book is careful to avoid legalism AND license. It is full of helpful, penetrating diagnostic questions to evaluate one's heart and lifestyle in light of Scripture. It's hard to imagine any Christian not benefitting from ...more
This book helps us evaluating if we are being unduly influenced by the world instead of by Christ by asking some good questions about media, music, stuff, and clothing. "What dominates your mind? Do you covet the esteem and crave the approval of those around you?" "Does this program or film tempt me with sexually impure thoughts or actions?" "Why do I want to watch this program or film?" What do I find entertaining about it? Do I secretly want to view something in it that is sinful? What worldvi ...more
Eric Pruitt
A helpful treatment of 1 Jn 2:15 and the implications. I would argue, like others have, that this doesn't fully develop the biblical understanding of love for the world. However, this book addresses some much needed patterns we accept as Christians living in today's society. I think some parts, like dress, should be taken with caution. They should leave some of those things up for liberty of conscience.
Matt Harmless
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally posted this review on my blog, but thought I would add it here as well.

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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purpose for Reading: Pleasure reading and personal enrichment.

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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do Christians live in the world, but not of the world? C. J. Mahaney and fellow writers in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World offer what they believe to be a Biblical approach to "enjoying the world, engaging the world, [and] evangelizing the world" (168) while obeying the clear Scriptural command in 1 John 2:15 to not love the world. Throughout the book, many specific suggestions are mentioned in the areas of movies, TV, music, possessions, and clothes, but the overarchi ...more
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To (mis?)quote my husband, I like a book that challenges me to ask the question of what my priorities are. I do indeed appreciate asking myself whether I've thought about my motives recently and keep myself pointed with an eternal telos. I can't say I loved this book, however, as it made me feel like I was back in high school with chapel speakers thinly veiling an attempt to say, "basically you should be feeling guilty because you're probably failing." I just wasn't crazy about the writing style ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today, the greatest challenge facing American evangelicals is not persecution from the world, but seduction by the world. [page 22]

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
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written book; each chapter is written by a different author and deals with how a Christian is to think through his relationship to the influences in this world: media, music, possessions, etc. The book is not a list of dos and don't but rather makes the reader examine the heart attitude behind the choices he makes and how he allows himself to be influenced by the world. My favorite chapter dealt with modesty. I had not considered immodesty to be tied to worldliness, and I apprecia ...more
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C.J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. He spent 27 years pastoring Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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
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“A love for the world begins in the soul. It’s subtle, not always immediately obvious to others, and often undetected by the people who are slowly succumbing to its lies.” 2 likes
“We may assume God gave us music just to make us happy, not holy; he actually gave us music to make us happy and holy.” 1 likes
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