We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Difference Between Christians and Unbelievers

One difference between the non-Christian and the Christian is that the non-Christian is overcome by the world, he is absolutely controlled by it.  There is no need to demonstrate this; the way in which people live is an absolute proof of it.  It is all depicted in the newspapers.  Non-Christians are entirely controlled by "the thing to do," and by "what everybody is doing."  Controlled by the world!  The Christian, on the other hand, is a man who has a victory over the world.  What a contrast!  He is taken out of that realm.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.97


Anonymous said...

Well said by Lloyd-Jones, though sometimes those in the church sadly allow themselves to be controlled by the world.


Jeff Spencer said...

I disagree. Jesus overcame the world. No Christian has overcome the world no matter how much they may fancy themselves.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...


Take a look at 1 John 5:4

Jeff Spencer said...

I stand corrected. Although I still don't feel comfortable saying I have overcome the world when it's vices continually have their grip on me. Maybe I have issues accepting freedom through Christ.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

That's the point -- our overcoming is through Christ and not of our own will. Through Christ we actually have the ability to choose to not sin - but we still remain sinners and will sin; we just don't live there like unbelievers do.

Anonymous said...

I think of an old hymn. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.
That's what happens. The things of this world no longer appeal to you. I still sin. Definitely. But I am not loving the world anymore. I'm not living there anymore. The spell the world had on me is broken. The vice-like grip the world had on me is gone. The chains from the worldly bondage i was in are broken. I'm free. What a wonderful miracle. Love for the world was the strongest pull I ever felt. I'm so glad it's gone. It was destroying me. It came close. I am considered strange by many people because I don't think the appearance of evil is cool, I don't like R-rated humor.... that was my old life. Jesus makes you a new creature. Literally. I don't need the anti-depressants or anti-anxiety pills anymore. But my friends who love the world? Many are taking meds to cope. Love for the world gives so much misery. Jesus gives life and strength and hope. And the Bible takes on a whole new meaning.