Mahaney is quick to point out, “Today, the greatest challenge facing American evangelicals is not persecution from the world, but seduction by the world.”
Worldliness is a timely book. It is an important book to read for parents, pastors, and children alike. Perhaps a few quotes will lure a potential reader in:
“Worldliness, then, is a love for this fallen world. It’s loving the values and pursuits of the world that stand opposed to God … It is to gratify and exalt oneself to the exclusion of God.” – C.J. Mahaney (p. 27)
“The drift toward worldliness is subtle, gradual, and internal. And if we assume we’re immune to it, that’s a sure sign the drift has begun.” – Craig Cabaniss (p. 42)
“There can be many explanations for our diminished zeal for God. Sometimes the most obvious reason is that we’re feasting regularly at the world’s table of delights” – Bob Kauflin (p. 84)
“The sin of covetousness is not that we have stuff; it’s that our stuff has us … As we, by grace, delight in God and guard our hearts against covetousness, we’ll see the chains loosen, and a freedom from the tyranny of stuff will grow in our lives.” – Dave Harvey (p. 114)
Worldliness offers a bold challenge without being legalistic. It is a clear call to God-centered living that revolves around the cross of Christ and his gospel.