John 3:13 says “Do not be surprised that the world hates you.” By why? The following is reblogged from Mike Ratliff over at Possessing The Treasure:
There are many ministries in our time that are run by people who have either forgotten that friendship with the world is a sin or they are deliberately overlooking it. If a ministry operates in such a way that the world loves it then there is at least one missing component within it. That of course is obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture is clear that Christians cannot be friends of the world. Why? Satan is the one who dominates the evil world system, which is in rebellion against God (John 14:30). Therefore, the world not only hates Jesus, but also those who follow Him. This hatred is also focused toward the Father because He sent Jesus to testify against it. Now, since this is true and clearly taught in Sacred Scripture, what does this say about those ministries who work overtime to accommodate the secular and to appeal to temporal ways and means?
- Why the World Hates Genuine Christianity and All True Christians (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- An entertainment-driven church? (standupforthetruth.com)
- What would Jesus have YOU do? (standupforthetruth.com)
- Steps to Persecution of Christians (carm.org)