For Scriptures About Not Being of This World
The Bible speaks often on the topic of “not being of this world”. A lot of the scriptures came from Yahshua directly, also the Apostle Paul & John spoke about it often as well. It’s quite clear that believers in the Messiah, who collectively are the church, should not be of this world. But while this concept is easy & plain to see, it has been ignored by many believers. The lack of education and knowledge surrounding this topic has caused a lot of destruction for the body of Christ.
So, what does “Not being of this world” actually mean? The first main point is understanding that true believers in the Messiah will be hated by the world the same way the world hates Yahshua. This world is run by Satan, the god of this world, who of course hates Yahshua. He tried to have him killed before He was born. He worked in Judas to betray Him. He worked in the Pharisees to have Him crucified. All of this because Yahshua was perfect and was the solution to defeating him. Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). So, when we are living according to the principles of this world, we are living under the principles of Satan, and not of Elohim.
Being of this world is when we follow the ways, the traditions, the principles, and or the ideology of this world. When we replace the doctrine that the Word of Elohim teaches us with the doctrine of the world, we are becoming of this world. This can often times be very obvious, but many times it is very subtle. The devil does not just say “hey you’re switching over to my views of the world”. His approach is much more subtle. He slowly takes control of our minds and creates mindsets, habits, and traditions that provide the transition away from principles of the Messiah.
These mindsets, habits, and traditions often go unchecked in new believers because they have not taken the step of renewing their mind in the Word of Elohim. When we become believers, we must renew our minds in what Elohim tells us and examine it in the way we live currently. If we have never done that, there will be bondage that will always linger and keep us conformed to the world.
When this bondage has been left unchecked, we never break loose of our spiritually unhealthy love for this world. This often leads to us blindly accepting things that men & women of Messiah should not accept. It has us believe in deceptive leaders that’s true purpose is to drive us astray. It has us ignore the direction this world is heading and what is exactly occurring around us. In the end, it leaves us with a mindset of acceptance of false doctrine & principles that will keep us trapped in bondage. This bondage is often so strong that it “takes our crown” (Rev. 3:10).