By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Mindset of the world has evolved into an escapism from God. Mindset is one's mental attitude that determines how one interprets or responds. Our electronic world is helping to introduce the mindset of an ungodly environment. There is an introduction of sinful ways that would have been considered alien in previous years.
Escapism is an inclination to retreat from traditional ways; when new provocative ways are introduced that are more appetizing. This happened in the Garden of Eden. Scripture reveals: And when the woman (Eve) saw that the tree was good for food, and that is was pleasant (or desirable) to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband (Adam) with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:6).
The fruit that was forbidden was made appealing: good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and to be desired of. This is the same method of temptation today; with consumption it leads to an escapism from the norm, not what God intended for mankind.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve was questioned concerning the forbidden fruit; about the fact that God would restrict man's freedom of choice. The serpent, as an instrument of Satan, was attempting to cast doubt on God's Word! The mindset of the world today is being entertained in such a manner.
Introduction towards sin (the fleshly attraction towards it); is now being introduced ushering in the ungodliness of man. The mindset of the world is acceptance; rather than rejection, with man's conscience being seared towards acceptance, with no shame or remorse. There is a retreat from former morals of a godly nature.
Escapism is a dissociation, evasion, or withdrawal. Scripture reveals: This know also, that in the last days (which we are in) perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). Some of the characteristics of that time are mentioned in the same text: Men shall be lovers of their own selves, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness. A form of godliness is mere religion without power or spiritual life.
Many today who profess the name of Christ are not walking in the newness of life in Christ. They have not been freed of the affects of the old life. Scripture reveals: Put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof (Romans 13:14). A Bible commentary noted: One should not seek opportunities to satisfy the deep-seated desires of the sin nature, but should seek occasion to manifest works that are consistent with the new life in Christ.
God's Word tells the believer in Christ to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed conformed to this world (or the mindset of the world); but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables (or that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. Those who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney stated: Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits:
If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
His words still ring loud and clear today; even more meaningful than when first spoken! There are those tasked with the promulgation of God's Word who have become slack in the commission originally given. There are those who have failed to push back the plate of acceptability; accepting the mindset of the world, walking away from their given responsibility towards God's Word.
The mindset of the world has opened the door for all forms of evil to reign; even being promoted by laws and judicial rulings to help its embracement. In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity and loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind; a prolific source of troubles.
Many once godly nations are experiencing such a turmoil; caused by a mindset of leaving God out of the picture, and suffering the consequences for having done so! It is needful that 2 Chronicles 7:14 be adhered to:
If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
This verse is an expression of God's loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people. Scripture reveals: The Lord is not slack concerning his promises, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Let us pray that the door of repentance will be sought after; rather than judgment being unleashed!
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