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If you read through 1 John, you’ll come across a short statement that might seem a little confusing: “Do not love the world or the things in the world”. This is the same Apostle who wrote that “God so loved the world that he sent his only son” (John 3:16). John isn’t schizophrenic, nor did he forget that he had written John 3:16. He’s obviously referencing something different.  The culture has a direct influence on how we live and how we lead others to live as well. What does it mean to “not love the world?”

Christian warfare is a lifelong battle against three great enemies—the world, the flesh, and Satan. John helps us to see how these three forces work together to compromise and distort our Christian walk. He specifically writes about how we are not to love the world, but as he breaks down the specifics of worldliness, he is actually outlining the sinful tendencies of our own corrupt nature—what Scripture calls “the flesh.” As we put this passage together with everything Scripture tells us about Satan’s temptations, we see more clearly the battlefield we face every day.