LOVE NOT THE WORLD WATCHMAN NEE PDF
Breaking of the Outward Man unto the Release of the Spirit.” These messages served as a prelude The Release of the Sp. Love Not the World by Watchman Nee. This book, which apparently ½ x 11 format; Calibri font. To obtain this document as a PDF or as an MSWord file, contact. free and undeserved,—free as the love of God, free as the gift of His beloved Son . Not a little is written to the Christian in the New Testament about "the world".
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Yet how clearly Scripture affirms that "the whole world lieth in the evil one" (1 Do not let us think for a moment that Satan opposes God only by means of sin. Love Not the World book. Read 26 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In this hard-hitting and controversial book, the great Chinese w. Having every one of us been in bondage to sin, we readily believe that sinful things are Satanic; but do we believe equally that the things of the.
Cry out to Christ for a new vision of the glory of His grace. Pursue a new passion for Christ. Remember, love for the world and love for God cannot coexist. Every heart loves something. At the center of our being is a spring of longing, a craving, a desire, a want, a need God wants to satisfy your thirsty soul cf.
Ps 42; Is ; , 13; Jn The reason for my including this letter in this study, is that many Christians struggle with very similar questions. I love everything about it. I like it when I feel good and everything is going my way, and I find a certain pleasure in overcoming the various difficulties that challenge me as the years roll past.
I like being a man. I think being born in the USA where my security is not threatened and where my freedoms are protected is awesome. I love the age I live in. The technological gizmos and gadgets that I enjoy fill my day with wonder and fun.
You might say that I "love the world. While claiming to be a positive force, in reality it is riddled with negative pessimism.
I was a Christian for 30 years, I know the rhetoric. God sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. We have eternal life through His name. We deserve the punishment of eternal damnation in Hell for our rebellion against GOD, but in his amazing love and mercy HE developed a plan to rescue us from our fate.
The gospel is positive, so the Christian says. The gospel is positive, so I also said when I counted myself among the "elect. It tells us that life on earth is nothing, or less than nothing. Physical pleasure is to be shunned. This life is nothing but a staging ground for eternal bliss in the afterlife.
Nothing you do here on earth is of any importance if it is not somehow related to spreading the gospel or glorifying the Christian deity. Inventors, explorers, scientists, psychologists, or anyone else that attempts to understand the world with the goal of enhancing or bettering human lives on this terrestrial ball are looked on with distrust and condemned if their world view reflects a lack of belief that their lives are in the hands of an angry god. Christians are taught to be in wonder of creation.
They are taught to be grateful to the Lord above for the gifts he so freely bestows on each of them. They are told to mimic the patience of Job when adversity strikes, because GOD, in his incomprehensible wisdom, is testing them for so greater of an unexplained reason. They are also taught to be afraid, to be very afraid: heaven for the elect; hell for the damned.
While I will admit that Christianity provides a nice mental escape from some of the harsh realities of life, if your life is going good, it offers nothing but criticisms. My shirt is open and the heat of the sun feels magnificent. Life is grand. My wife loves me and I love her. Two of my children are on the honor roll, and I have one son serving in the Marines.
I never miss a day of work, and I am good at what I do. Satan well knows that, generally speaking, to try to ensnare real Christians through things that are positively sinful is vain and futile. They will usually sense the danger and elude him. So he had contrived instead an enticing network, the mesh of which is so skillfully woven as to entrap the most innocent of men. We flee sinful lusts, and with good reason, but when it comes to such seemingly innocuous things as science and art and education, how readily do we lose our sense of values and fall a prey to his enticements!
Yet our Lord's sentence of judgment clearly implies that everything that constitutes "the world" is out of line with God's purpose. His words, "Now is the judgment of this world," clearly imply the condemnation of all that goes to make up the cosmos, and would never have been uttered if there were not something radically amiss with it.
Further, when Jesus goes on: "Now shall the prince of this world be cast out," he is stressing not merely the intimate relation between Satan and the world order but the fact that its condemnation is linked with his. Do we acknowledge that Satan is today the prince of education and science and culture and the arts, and that they, with him, are doomed?
Do we acknowledge that he is the effective master of all those things that together make up the world system? When mention is made of a dance hall or a night club, our reaction as Christians is one of instinctive disapproval. To us that is "the world" par excellence.
When, however, to go to the other extreme, medical science or social service are discussed, there may be no such reaction at all. These things command our tacit approval, and maybe too our enthusiastic support. And between these extremes there lie a host of otherthings varying widely in their influence for good or bad, between which we should probably none of us agree on where to draw an exact line. Yet let us face the fact that judgment has been pronounced by God, not upon certain selected things that belong to this world, but impartially upon them all.
Test yourself. If you venture into one of these approved fields, and then someone exclaims to you: "You have touched the world there," will you be moved? Probably not at all.
It takes someone whom you really respect to say to you very straightly and earnestly: "Brother, you have become involved with Satan there! Is that not so? How would you feel if anyone said to you: "You have touched education there," or "You have touched medical science," or "You have touched commerce"?
Would you react with the same degree of caution as you would if he had said, "You have touched the Devil there"? If we truly believed that whenever we touch any of these things that constitute the world we touch the prince of this world, then the awful seriousness of being in any wise involved in worldly things could not fail to strike home to us.
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Do not let us think for a moment that Satan opposes God only by means of sin and carnality in men's hearts; he opposes God by means of every worldly thing. Oh, I agree with you that the things of the world are all in one sense material, lifeless, intrinsically without power to harm us; yet even that should itself suggest that they are resistant to the purpose of God, as indeed is everything in which there is no touch of divine life.
The recurring phrase "after its kind" in Genesis 1 represents a law of reproduction that governs the whole realm of biological nature. It does not, however, govern the realm of the Spirit. For generation after generation, human parents can beget children after their kind; but one thing is certain: Christians cannot beget Christians! Not even where both parents are Christians will the children born to them automatically be Christians, no, not even in the first generation.
It will take a fresh act of God every time. And this principle applies no less truly in the affairs of mankind more widely. All that belongs to human nature continues spontaneously; all that belongs to God continues only for as long as God's working continues. And the world is all inclusively that which can continue apart from divine activity, that is, which can go on by itself without the need of specific acts of God to maintain it in freshness. The world, and all that belongs to the world, does this naturally-it is its nature-and in doing so it moves in a direction contrary to the will of God.
This statement we shall now seek to illustrate both from the Scripture and from Christian experience. Let us take first the field of political science.
The Old Testament history of Israel affords us the example of a highly privileged nation and its government. The people of Israel, we are told, wanted to be on terms with the nations aroundthem, so they set their heart on a king. We will leave aside for the moment their election of Saul, and move on to the point where eventually, in his own time, God gave them the king of his choice who would establish the kingdom under his own direction.
Now even when this was clearly God's doing, the natural trend of the kingdom proved to be, "like the nations," away from him.
For a kingdom is a worldly thing, and in keeping with all worldly things it tends to come into collision with the divine purpose.
Wherever in the world a nation's government is left to itself, it follows its natural course which is further and further away from God.
And what is true in secular national politics worked itself out equally surely even in divinely chosen Israel. Whenever God discontinued his specific acts on their behalf, the kingdom of Israel drifted into idolatrous political alignments.
There were recoveries, it is true, but every one was marked by a definite divine intervention, and without such intervention the trend was always down hill. From that point, everything Nee wrote on the church is easily identified with the teachings of the Plymouth Brethren. He rejected clergy as unscriptural. During this time Nee also professed to be led by inner leadings.
He justified this subjective means of revelation by saying that the ways of God are not known by external means but by "internal registrations.
Nee had his own eclectic system developed when he encountered another woman in Elizabeth Fischbacker introduced him to Pentecostal theology and speaking in tongues. Nee did not regard tongues as unbiblical but never spoke in tongues himself. In , Nee took over the running of his brother George's chemical factory. He consigned all the property to the church and sought to have the church members as the factory workers. As a result he contradicted previous positions he had taken regarding disassociation of the church and business.
Nee, a factory owner, was seen as an imperialist and eventually was jailed. He remained in prison until his death in The teachings that developed over Nee's lifetime and out of his encounters with these women and the teachings they directed him to are dangerous to Christians seeking clear guidelines to follow.
Space allows a listing of only a few of the problems in Nee's teachings: 1 Nee outlines no method of Bible study and interpretation and appears to deny evangelical hermeneutics. In his book Spiritual Authority, he sets himself and his elders up as the unquestionable authorities.
By all appearances, Nee saw himself not as a servant but as a guru 2 One gets the impression from Nee that the Bible was not nearly as important as Christians generally consider it.
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He says that only as we deliver the Word in terms of the "reality behind it," using what he calls "Holy Spirit memory" and "presenting the pictures as well as speaking the words" will the words be correct; otherwise they are not real. In The Ministry of God's Word, he claims that the effectiveness of a preacher's delivery is a product of his emotions.
If a preacher does not feel emotionally charged in delivery, "the Spirit is stuck" and the "Spirit is inevitably arrested," Nee says.
He continues, "The Spirit flows through the channel of emotion. Smelling is a most delicate act, man's feeling is most delicate. If our feeling lags behind, our words are stripped of the spirit.
One example is his writing about a minister's receiving "revelations" in his "Holy Spirit memory" and those revelations being remembered in us by the Holy Spirit. This sort of metaphysical mumbo jumbo is impossible to understand, since there is no direct scriptural reference to a "Holy Spirit memory.
Nee's presuppositions are suspect in light of the Word of God. The astute believer should watch out for Watchman Nee. From this the heavy shepherding idea within charismatic groups emerged.We live in the world, but not of the world. The apostle John identifies three different categories to describe this godless world system in which we live — 1.
God sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. But more seriously, the men such as Joseph and Moses and Daniel, of whose wisdom God made public use, each received in a direct way from God himself the understanding they needed. My favorite chapter is on "Mutual Refreshing". Yet, I care about people and I love Jesus and want them to know Him.
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