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This review is from: Worldliness (Foreword by John Piper): Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (Kindle Edition)
Written by pastors, including a foreword from John Piper, the six chapters address a range of topics from music and media to choices of clothing. With humour but always thoroughly biblical, these leaders counsel Christians to keep short accounts of their walk with the Lord in every aspect of their lives.
In the opening chapter, C. J. Mahaney challenges the reader by asking if we apply scissors to the Bible. In other words do we cut out or ignore the verses that challenge us?
"The drift towards worldliness," writes Craig Cabaniss in the chapter entitled, 'God, My Heart and Media', "is subtle, gradual and internal. And if we assume we're immune to it, that's a sure sign the drift has begun."
Indeed, this is the key message of the whole book. We may not even realise how far we have drifted towards worldliness in our walk with the Lord.
Within its 169 pages, the writers of 'Worldliness' identify specific problems, provide pertinent illustrations and testimonies, and offer biblical solutions for dealing with each area. At the end of the book useful appendices are provided, including topics for discussion. "What," asks Jeff Pursewell in the closing chapter, 'How to Love the World', "is our relationship to be with the world? How are we to relate to it? How can we imitate God's love for the world?"
'Worldliness' is well worth reading. It offers a timely reminder that we are in the world, and by implication, involved with it, but if our testimony is to be effective, we must not allow ourselves, insidiously to be taken captive by its culture and values.