3 F's of the World
1) The Fiction of the world.
The world will draw you in on what looks like something good, but it will destroy you in the end. Drugs...Oh, they sound so fun, but addiction destroys you, destroys those around you, makes you choose to do things that you would have never thought about doing.
The World can best be described as being like the strange woman in Proverbs chapter 5 verses 3 and 4
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
The fiction of the world is that it LOOKS good, but it ENDS bad.
2) The Fracture of the world.
The world is fractured. We can see it in the attitudes of people - For example - All my technology is ok, but we are running the planet! I want my car but we are running the planet! I want to be able to eat meat, but I don't want anything killed! I want to be religious, but I don't want to believe in Jesus that's too tough. However, I will spend hours a day doing anything my yogi tells me to do because it will bring me inner peace! We need to tolerate everyone, but CHRISTIANS BE DAMNED!!! Paul said to Timothy that this was coming.
I Timoth 4: 1-3
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings,
2 influenced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
3 They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
He also foretold to Timothy exactly how fractured people will be
II Timothy 3: 1-5
But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God.
5 They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these.
Jesus also warned of Fracturing of the world.
3 As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you.
5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many.
6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come.
7 For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these things are the beginning of birth pains.
3) The Function of the World.
Right now the function of the world is Satan's playground, his domain, he is the current spiritual ruler of the metaphoric "World". Christ is still sovereign God, but Satan currently runs the World.
I Peter 5:8
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
We must keep ourselves removed from the function of the world and keep the Spirit residing on the throne of hearts. Because even the redeemed are wrapped in sinful flesh that can be manipulated by the enemy.
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service.
2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.