Loving the World, Part Two

Gardiner Spring in his book, The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character writes, “The spirit of the world is incompatible with the spirit of the Gospel. It is the spirit of pride and not of humility; of self-indulgence rather than self-denial. Riches, honors, and pleasure form the grand object of pursuit with men of the world…Indifferent to everything but that which is calculated to gratify the carnal mind, they lift up their souls unto vanity and pant after the dust of the earth. Their thoughts and their affections are chained down to the things of time and sense. And in these they seem irrecoverably immersed. They seldom think but they think of the world; they seldom converse but they converse of the world. The world is the cause of their perplexity and the source of their enjoyment…The disciple of Jesus, as he has nobler affections than the worldling, has a higher object and more elevated joys. While the wise man glories in his wisdom, the mighty man glories in his might, and the rich man glories in his riches, it is the Christian’s privilege to glory in nothing save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto him and he unto the world. The character and cause of the blessed Redeemer lie so near to his heart that in comparison with these everything else vanishes into nothing. He views the world by the eyes of faith and light of that reflects its intrinsic importance–the light of eternity. There the world shrinks to a point and the fashion of it passeth away.”

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