Friend or Foe of God?
By David J. Stewart
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." —James 4:4
The Bible teaches that to be a friend, i.e., to assist, the sinful world is to be God's enemy. You cannot work on both sides of the fence. You are either on the Lord's side or the world's (the Devils) side. Joshua 24:15, "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Most churchgoers today are fence-straddlers, i.e., they want to be on BOTH sides of the fence at the same time, so they reside in the middle. God says He'll vomit lukewarm Christians out of His mouth, figuratively speaking. Revelation 3:16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." God must be puking all day long in lieu of the apostasy of churches today.
The Apostle James, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said in James 4:4 that anyone who endorses, approves or helps the sinful world is God's enemy. You cannot work at an abortion clinic and be God's friend. You cannot be a cut-throat lawyer and be God's friend. You cannot be a greedy realtor who takes advantage of your client's ignorance to make more money and be God's friend. You cannot be a liberal politician and be God's friend. You cannot work as a bartender in a tavern and be God's friend. You cannot work in any sinful establishment, such as casinos and movie theatres, and be God's friend. The heathen world is God's sworn enemy. You cannot perform in a Rock 'N' Roll band and be God's friend. You cannot be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader or work as a lewd model and be God's friend. You are God's foe.
You cannot preach from or promote the New International Version [NIV] of the Bible and be God's friend. The NIV was published in part by homosexuals and removes the name above every other name, JESUS, in 38 places. The word “Godhead” is completely removed from the NIV, along with hundreds of other critically important words, like “Calvary.”
You cannot regularly attend the Catholic Church and support it's organization and be God's friend. Official Catholic Dogma teaches that all non-Catholics are going to Hell and that there can be no salvation apart from water baptism into the Catholic Church. Ladies and gentlemen, that is demonic teaching. The Word of God proclaims that salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, period. If you support the Catholic religion, then you are partaking of their evil deeds. You are supporting an evil organization that is responsible for billions of lost souls going to hellfire when they die. Instead of placing their faith alone in Jesus Christ for salvation, Catholics are sinfully taught to place their faith in the Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church. There is no debating, compromising or common ground, Catholicism in all it's form is of the Devil. You are God's enemy if you support the Catholic Church and partake of it's damnable doctrines.
Women are God's enemy if they dress immodestly, causing lasciviousness in the hearts of men. There is no sin any more wicked in our generation than whorishly undressed women. It is wickedness when women don't dress appropriately in public. 1st Timothy 2:9 commands women to dress in “modest apparel,” meaning “of good behavior.” A picture says a thousands words, and a woman who exposes her breasts, thighs and buttocks publickly is shouting out to everyone who sees her that she is lewd, immoral and God's enemy. Godly ladies understand the importance of virtue and chastity and behave accordingly. Heathen women don't care, deliberately dress provocatively and cause sinful temptations. God will judge every woman, rest assured, who dresses immodestly and causes lasciviousness in the heart's of others.
You cannot be a mean, cruel or careless person and be God's friend. We are living in a calloused generation, when injustice abounds and the hearts of many have grown cold and hardened. Lawsuits are commonplace. Jesus said this time would come (Matthew 24:12). We are living in the “perilous times” foretold in 2nd Timothy 3:1-7 when people would love themselves and practice a phony type of outward religion, while living in wickedness and maliciously hurting others, even their own family. America is paying for its rebellion against God, for turning away from the Bible and prayer, and for embracing wickedness in all its forms.
You cannot be God's friend and live in fornication or adultery. God hates sin. Jesus said that even lust and hatred are equivalent in God's eyes to adultery and murder. Certainly, everyone commits sin, but there is no justification for it. A person can be saved and choose to continue in sin, but there should be a strong conviction by the Holy Spirit in that person's heart, and rest assured God will hold that person accountable at The Judgment Seat of Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:10-11). There will be tears and loss of rewards in Heaven (1st Corinthians 3:11-15). Believers will have to give account for the people wronged and the consequences of sin. No one is going to get away with anything. 1st Thessalonians 4:6 warns, “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” Many people profess to be Christians nowadays, while continuing in unrepentant sin with no intentions of ceasing from their sins. Either they're not genuinely saved, or else they are rebelling against their Father in Heaven and will be very ashamed and regretful when they stand before God.
Jeremiah 7:9-10, "Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?" This is an accurate description of America's churches today, who endorse homosexuals, abortionists and even a Communist U.S. President while simultaneously praising and claiming to serve God. They are God's enemies. So many people today are in denial. The reason is because most church leaders have formed their own way of thinking that does NOT coincide with the Word of God, or they are using a corrupted Bible which has perverted their doctrines. Are you God's friend or foe?
God has few friends these days. As hard as it is to imagine, a great deal of religious people reject the Biblical teaching of hellfire. Eighteen percent of the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church are atheists. Some churches today promote abortion and a leading theologian wants to make abortion a sacrament in the church. It's insane! One apostate minister says, “Gay is ok!” Another apostate minister says he is pleased with Barack Obama as U.S. President. Very few church leaders love Jesus more than they do money. If you want to be God's friend and be close to Christ, it will cost you the world and your covetous lifestyle. Certainly, you can be freely saved simply by coming to Christ as a guilty sinner for forgiveness; but if you want to be close to God in fellowship, and draw near unto Him as James 4:8 says, then you're going to have to choose whose side you're on—God's or the world's? There are many born-again believers today, who have been choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life (Luke 8:14) who are not concerned about winning lost souls to Jesus Christ. They bear no fruit to the Lord. They are fruitless believers. I speak this to their shame.
God deliver us from Christian musicians, singers and entertainers, who think they are serving God without ever preaching the Gospel, without ever giving out a Gospel tract, without ever warning lost sinners of the punishment to come in hellfire. If you are not a soulwinner, you are not God's friend. Most people today are God's enemy and they don't even realize it. If you partake of Hollywood's filth and Walt Disney's heathendom and the worldly fashions of this sinful world, then you are an enemy of the cross of Christ. Philippians 3:18,19, "For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." The Bible strongly condemns being friends with this sinful, heathen, wicked world. Today's television, internet and video games are absolutely saturated with sexual suggestiveness. It is evil. We are living in the Last Days. The world has become a large insane asylum. Sodom and Gomorrah have been multiplied a thousand-fold. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!