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Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17, ESV)

These words of the Apostle John are calling Christians to radical devotion and conformity to Jesus. This is a clear call to counter-cultural living and to discipleship. Debating theology can be a good and healthy thing as long as our understanding helps us grow closer to God and to love our neighbor more. All believers should desire to immerse themselves in the truth with the understanding that true knowledge leads to God, himself. But without a genuine love for Jesus and a worldview that seeks to experience the Kingdom of God (God’s sovereign rule) we will become cold and legalistic.

Our lives are like vapor and are much too short to allow ourselves to be conformed to the latest ‘spiritual’ fads and ‘pop theology’ of the world, or carnal preachers. Celebrities are the new ‘priest’ of western culture and most of them have a anti-biblical worldview that doesn’t leave room for conformity to Christ.

Our society values the spiritual  views of entertainers and politicians more than godly theologians. Many television evangelist teach their followers the love of money in the name of Christianity, while those that teach conformity to Jesus are often ignored. God has given us many things in this life to enjoy, but obsession with people, places, and material possessions, will ultimately lead to idolatry.

 What the  skeptical and unbelieving world needs is to see a Church that demonstrates the love of Jesus. When we practice what we preach – we will grow in our conformity to Jesus.