Worldliness is leading a church the same way you lead a company. Worldliness is setting goals for the Holy Spirit. It’s drawing a crowd with videos, music, and a cutting-edge auditorium and then hoping they’ll somehow give their allegiance to Jesus Christ. Judging a congregation’s success by the number of backsides in seats—that’s worldliness. So is following the “New Testament pattern” for worship while keeping our hearts as pinched and stony as a pagan’s. Worldiness is working to find joy and self-worth in what we do for God, instead of what Jesus Christ has already done for us.
You see? Worldliness is the easiest thing in the world. And the deadliest.
I work as sports writer for the Manchester Times and preacher and elder for the Church of Christ at Fredonia. The thoughts expressed here are my own. Today’s thoughts are from my upcoming book, Think Again, Copyright 2007, 2013, A. Milton Stanley.