I am hearing a lot of criticisms against the church these days, more than ever. Some of the criticism is fair. The church is not where is suppose to be, because we are not where we are supposed to be ourselves.
I am the first one to tell you that I do not hold back when it comes down to coming against the introductions of false doctrines, man-made religion, etc. However, I also want to point out that there is a great portion of folks among us, who wants to be friends with the world. Some of these people are either not born again or not disciple correctly.
It is impossible for true believers to be friends of the world. If you are, something is wrong with your Christianity. The Bible tells us, very clearly, in 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.” (KJV)
This does not mean that we do not have any relationship with the unsaved. We live in this world; they are everywhere. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, our mechanic, the lady in the bank, our children’s coach, etc. Not being friends with the world does not mean that we live in a cave away from everybody. Jesus himself said in John 17:15-16,
“15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (KJV)