The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Our Lord Jesus Christ drew a sharp line between the kingdom of God and this present world. He has instructed us that no one can be at the same time a lover of both!
The apostles stood together in the New Testament teachings that it is necessary for a person to turn the back upon the world and have not fellowship with it.
What, then, is this world against which we are warned?
It is the familiar world of human society. No Christian need fail to recognize it, providing he wants to know what it is. Here are a few of its marks of identification:
1. Unbelief. To have fellowship with those who live in unbelief is the love of the world. Religion without the Son of God is worldly religion.
2. Impenitence. The worldling shrugs off his sin and continues in it. The Christian mourns over his sin and is comforted.
3. Godless philosophies. Men and women of this world accept the sufficiency of this world and make no provision for any other, esteeming earth above heaven.
4. Externalism. The man of the earth lives only for the world around him—he has no kingdom within him!