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What is Worldliness?

1 John 2:15 says, Do not love the world or the things in the world.

So What is worldliness?

Three characteristics (C.H. Dodd as listed in Stott, 104):

  • BASE DESIRES // The desires of the flesh – depravity of the heart – what springs up in the heart.
  • FALSE DESIRES // The desires of the eyes – covetousness
  • EGOISM // Pride in possessions – the desire to look like something to others; related to external circumstances – conceit

What’s so great about this definition?

  • Timeless (sufficient) – not based around cultural preference.
  • Expansive (of meaning)
  • Internal

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