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Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold is a modern paraphrase of Paul's warning in Romans 12:2 regarding conformity to this world. William Greenhill's sermon, carefully edited in this volume and made more digestible by introducing separate chapters to the Puritan's lengthy discourse, is as timely as it is necessary. Truth is, we are all too much in love with this world and too little in love with the world to come. Worldliness pervades our churches as much as our individual lives and we need to do something about it quickly. Stop Loving the World is not pleasant reading for it calls attention to a sin that we would sooner tolerate than mortify; but, if we are serious about godliness, mortify it we must. A book to read slowly, carefully, and prayerfully. --Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

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"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. 1 John 2:15

Live in this world in such a way that people recognize that God is your treasure.

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The Puritans were greatly concerned with suppressing worldliness in the church. Today, worldliness is an even greater problem, exacerbated by the fact that so few dare to speak out against it. In this book, William Greenhill provides modern readers with a healthy antidote to our love affair with the world. He explains what it means to love the world, exposes the dangers of cherishing it, shares how we ought to relate to it, and gives encouraging directions for removing our hearts from it. This is a book with a timeless message, demonstrating the relevance of the Puritans for today. By God's grace, it will help persuade you that the world and all its charms are not what you should live for."

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Product Details

  • Series: Purtian Treasures for Today
  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601781180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601781185
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How the Christian views this world is very relevant for believers in every age.It is something that needs to be preached and written about frequently.The Puritan era probably wrote considerably more on this subject than Christians of any other generation.I think they realized that a proper understanding of how to view and relate to this world is an essential component of true godliness(and therefore increased usefulness in advancing the Kingdom and glory of God in one's lifetime).The believers sucess in overcoming the world and seperating themselves from its ungodly philosophies and influences was an extremely high priority for them and should be for us.
What are some of the evidences that we love the world in a manner that the Word of God exorts us against:p.6 "when we set too high a value and estimation on the things of this world".When one's thoughts are much on this world and relatively little on 'the world to come'. ..."when he mourns and laments for the things of the world that are taken from him." When we lose something that we value or treasure mucn,our distress will be greater with the loss of it. "When we are resolved to be rich and will have the world one way or another ." If we are willing to use ungodly means(or compromise Biblical principles in any way)that is a sure sign that we love this world in a manner which the Bible forbids.
William Greenhill offer some excellent Biblical for getting our hearts off the world.Look to eternal things.If our mind ands hearts are inordinately set upon the things of this life,not only will we not be spiritually minded,but we will likely be exceedingly worldly minded.Eternal things will never perish(unlike everything in this life which is transient and subject to decay)and we must pray and labour to set our hearts upon them.
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Worldliness is an increasing problem in Western Christendom. No one wants to admit that they are worldly, but the tragic fact is that Christians have often lost sight of how the Bible defines worldliness. In this second installation of Puritan Treasures for Today, Jay Collier has carefully updated the language of William Greenhill's sermon on this topic. Jay is the editor for Reformation Heritage Books and he is well qualified for this task through his ample experience with Puritan literature. Greenhill was very influential in his time, but until now, few of his works have been reprinted. This lengthy sermon has been divided into six chapters and presented as a short and easily accessible book. Jay has done an excellent job with chapter divisions, subheadings, and bullet points, making the thought of the book easy to follow.
In this work, Greenhill plumbs into the depths of our hearts and asks hard questions. The problem with loving the world is that we hate it when our inordinate love is pointed out to us. Based upon the imperative in 1 John 2:15, the author summarizes John's meaning: "Do not love the creatures of the world, the customs and fashions of the world, or the splendor, pomp, glory, and worship of the world. These three meanings of `world" are all understood in our text" (5). The topic of worldliness is extensive, but the primary test of worldliness is simple: is the glory of God and Jesus Christ the primary theme that sets the context for all the activities of our lives? (20-21). If we live for the next world rather than for the present world, then everything that we do in this life will be transformed.
Two examples illustrate Greenhill's point. When we consider a calling in life, do we pursue that which profits us most or that which fits us best? (39).
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This book written in the poetic prose of the puritans was very thoughtful and convicting. Even Christians who think they have made a distinction from their ways and the ways of the world will find this book helpful. Greenhill marks the observance of the Sabbath as a true litmus test of where our loyalties are...with The Lord or the world.. The book is encouraging as Greenhill reminds us of the many blessings of being "in the world but not of the world". The world loves power, wealth and position and lusts after these things. The Christian needs to be astute to the ways in which we are aligning with the world sometimes without even being aware of it. This book is a quick read!
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I love reading the Puritans, particularly this book by Pastor Greenhill, because their teaching is saturated with Scripture, and they present the loveliness of Christ to my soul, so that I am more and more weaned from this present age, and longing to commune with the Triune God.
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Fantastic, powerful little book for anyone who is overly attached to anything of this world including it's humanistic system. I will read this often because it helps to keep the right focus and proper perspective as a Christ trusting Christian.
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