The essence of worldliness is,
fixing my eyes and thoughts on my performance/worthiness, instead of Jesus and His imputed performance/worthiness. Worldliness is contagious. Outside the Church, and inside too. A worldly feels pressure, alone, UP TO ME. An alien/stranger to this world, on the other hand, feels contented, happy. An alien/stranger is never defensive, never failure-avoidant, never feels the need to prove worthiness, never feels embarrassed in humiliating circumstances. An alien/stranger experiences an amazing other-worldly peace, unknown to worldlies. And loves unconditionally — actually enjoys, those around him/her, including jerks and enemies. And loves/enjoys Jesus and His genius plan for us all, including the suffering necessary to grow worldlies into aliens/strangers. Only worldlies are competitive — rejoicing in the failures of the opposition. Only worldlies need to feel superior, are divisive, go to war, are clear-sighted about the weaknesses of the opposition, but tend-to-be blind to our own. Only worldlies are confident-we-know-what’s-best. So we’re confident-we-know-what’s-thankable-and-what’s-not.
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who doesn’t know any aliens/strangers, but knows gobsa worldlies, outside the Church and inside too, including himself
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