Item description for Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World by C. J. Mahaney, John Piper & Dave Harvey...
Overview Uncovering the presence of worldliness--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has or does--this text reveals how Christians are to engage a fallen world and boldly preach the gospel, yet not be conformed and ultimately seduced by the system of this world.
This resource uncovers the presence of worldliness and helps believers learn to relate to the world while resisting its influence in their lives.
People today are saturated in technology and prosperity. They are bombarded with endless luxuries: clothes to wear, cars to buy, vacations to take, entertainment to enjoy. Yet this world, which offers so many pleasures, is actively opposed to God and the truth of His Word. How, then, is the believer to relate to the world in which he or she lives?
Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World uncovers the presence of worldliness-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has or does. Worldliness then reveals how Christians are to engage a fallen world and boldly preach the gospel, yet not be conformed and ultimately seduced by the system of this world.
As readers learn to identify the presence of worldliness in the areas of media, modesty, music, and material possessions, they can begin to resist its influence in their lives and instead pursue eternal godliness.
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More About C. J. Mahaney, John Piper & Dave Harvey
C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.
C. J. Mahaney currently resides in the state of Maryland.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Worldliness?
Fight the Seduction Jul 1, 2009
Worldliness is another great book by CJ Mahaney and I would recommend it for the person that is wondering if the world has its hooks in you too far. It convicted me in places and put me at ease in places as I realized that I'm not addicted to music and movies in an unhealthy way.
The main reason I would recommend this book is for women struggling to understand how they should dress or for older folks mentoring women and need a guide as to how a woman should dress. He does a good job of laying out Christian principles for dress and I think would benefit any woman concerned with helping their Christian brothers on this point.
awesome book Jun 30, 2009
This book is a must read for every Believer in Christ. It covers movies, music, and modesty. Very balanced Biblical approach.
Living as People Not Of the World but In It...for God's Glory May 24, 2009
How do Christians live in the world, but not of the world? C. J. Mahaney and fellow writers in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World offer what they believe to be a Biblical approach to "enjoying the world, engaging the world, [and] evangelizing the world" (168) while obeying the clear Scriptural command in 1 John 2:15 to not love the world. Throughout the book, many specific suggestions are mentioned in the areas of movies, TV, music, possessions, and clothes, but the overarching theme has nothing to do with prohibitions, but has everything to do with the heart. Overcoming worldliness, first and foremost, is a heart issue. What is one's motive for doing what they do? Is it to impress someone else by keeping up with the latest trend, to please one's self, or is it to glorify the Lord? All throughout the book, the authors offer challenging statements that avoid legalism and intentionally point the reader to the cross of Christ. The reader is to do all they do Coram Deo ("before the face of God") for the glory of God; that is the main thrust of the book.
A mix of good and bad Apr 7, 2009
I picked up this little book at the Christian bookstore recently. I read the back cover and the commendations on the back. Several were by authors I was familiar with and respect (like Randy Alcorn) I was also very interested in the foreward by John Piper. But I hadn't ever heard of any of the actual authors of this book. I found it hard to decide how many stars to give this book. There was some information that I found timely and practical. But there was also other information that was unhelpful at best.
First, the chapters on media and music. I definitely agree with the authors that this is an area where many Christians need to exercise more discernment. Just because a book, album, tv program or movie is labeled Christian doesn't necessarily mean it's Biblical or edifying. I have come across things in all of the above that were anything but biblical and edifying. But on the other hand, I have also come across some media labeled "secular" that helped draw me closer to Christ. Personally, I believe this is an area where Christians should follow their conscience. If they don't feel comfortable or right about watching a particular movie or listening to a particular album, then don't. I do listen to both secular music and R-rated movies. But I make sure that I know what I'm getting into before I do. I don't just listen to or go to anything. I make sure I read a review written from a Christian perspective before buying the album or purchasing the ticket. I know some Christians who listen to some secular music, I know some who listen to only Christian music. I know some who go to R-rated movies and some who don't. I don't look down or condemn anyone who has a different view. Discernment is key!
I also liked the chapter on materialism and stuff. Materialism is definitely a problem in the world today. Unfortunately, I think it's also a problem for a lot of Christians. Myself included. For readers who would like a much much exhaustive and indepth treatment of this subject, I highly recommend "Money, Posesstions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn.
Now, for the negative. The chapter I disliked the most was the one on modesty. Now, please don't minunderstand me. I'm not saying modesty is a bad thing. I don't think it is at all. I think it is something that a lot of Christian women need to think and pray about. In the chapter on modesty, the author mentions 2nd Timothy 2:9 but this verse is not intended to forbid adornment. There are some who take this to the extreme and say that women shouldn't have any kind of adornment or hairstyle or make-up at all. The author rightly points out that modesty is a heart issue (and I completely agree) but then spends the rest of the chapter talking about clothes and hemlines.
Another complaint that I have is one I have with many books etc that deal with the topic of modesty. They lay the responsibility and blame squarely on the woman. The author also includes a couple of testamonies from men about their struggles with lust. The message I got from this chapter is "Men have very strong sex drives and are stimulated visually. Therefore, they can't help it if they lust after a woman. It's the woman's responsibility not to cause her brothers to stumble." I agree with that up to a point. As a woman, I don't pretend to completely understand the struggles men have with lust. But I think there are things about being a woman men can't understand. Personally, I think this book (and many others on this topic) let the men off way too easy. The Bible certainly doesn't let men off the hook so easily. The Bible clearly calls adultery sin in both the New and Old Testament. In fact, it is one of the Ten Commandments. In the New Testament Jesus talked about both spiritual and physical adultery. Matthew 5:27-30 says "Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart." I would like to know why so few Christian authors talk to men about lust as forcefully as they do to women about modesty. It just seems so lopsided to me.
Modesty is a heart issue. I believe that it is very possible to be outwardly modest and still be inwardly immodest. Following the "rules" these authors suggest doesn't necessarily mean a woman will be modest. I found it interesting that all their suggestions for modest dress deal only with the outward appearance. I also found it somewhat offensive to subject that a woman should not wear a strapless or spagetti strapped wedding gown. It also annoys me that any outfit that reveals any curves of a woman's body is labeled "immodest". What do they suggest? Women should wear shapeless gunny sacks or perhaps veils that cover the entire body like in the Middle East? I'm being sarcastic of course, but I think that this authors take the modesty issue too far. Here again, I think each individual woman should follow her conscience and be discerning. I don't think Christian women should go out of their way to dress like "worldly" women, but I also don't think that they should be relegated to wearing only out of date, formless, and unfashionable clothing. Both are extremes that need to be avoided. Balance is so important here. I think the Bible makes it clear that both men and women are supposed to treat each other with dignity and respect. It isn't just the woman's responsibility.
I also found the chapter on loving the world out of place. It just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book.
I honestly don't know if I would recommend this book to someone else or not. It's something I would definitely have to think and pray seriously about beforehand. What's good is really good, but what's bad, is really bad.
Recommended Read Mar 8, 2009
CJ Mahaney offers a great perspective on worldliness and avoids legalistic rants that many fall into. It provides a balanced way to view our world as Christians and how to deal with worldly seduction without hiding in the closet.