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BORN Again IDENTITY Can a christian be worldly. First and foremost where did the title christian come from it was give to the followers of Christ because their life so exemplified the life and teaching of Christ. Act 11:26 Peter 4: 16. I would stop reading at this point, if you don't want to change your mind the evidence is to clear. Jesus the author and creator of Christianity said a christian is not of this world John 17 : 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hates them, because they are not of the world even as I am not of the world. Two thing, I want you to note; they are not of this world and I GIVE THEM THY WORD. We are of the kingdom of Christ which find it a identity in Christ not the world. second God has given us his word. Think of scriptures as clothes, a christian should dress in. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 3:4 What scripture could we first put on as the clothes of Christ. First we might put on Humility, meekness Mathew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Meekness is humble and teachable we must first start here with our lowly meek Christ. And again we are told to put on Christ Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh. Jesus was the word made flesh Jesus said if you want to be my disciples you keep my words . Let's put on the clothing of righteousness the word of God. 1 Tim 2;9:10 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; Definitions of modest is humble: unwilling to draw attention to your own achievements or abilities, reasonable: not large, extreme, or excessive, simple: not showy, elaborate, or pretentious, not overtly sexual. The word apparel is clothes just incase you didn't know. Second word costly array; Definition expensive: costing large sums of money to buy, luxurious: using expensive and luxurious materials. We understand this also applies to men's dress God has one stander for holiness for all. A christian is to live a life of Moderation Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Definition of Moderation is the process of eliminating or lessening extremes, Nothing in excess. So am I saying, you can't where gold or woman can not do their hair no but in Moderation modest and with out costly array. So the world will say why do you not live, as we do to the same excess, intemperance. What does God's word say about worldliness. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Dress is in scriptures all scripture is God breathed for doctrine.2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The christian is not to try to be hip, trendy to fit in the world; but God calls the christian to come out of the world 1 Kings 8:53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD. And to God people God say in 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. If we try to fit in to the world in music, dress, talk, life style we loss are witness and are IDENTITY with Christ the meek, humble, lowly non- worldly non proud one, who became a servant. Phl 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Not worldly proud but on his knee washing his disciples feet. John13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Wherewith is was girded; speaks of the dress of a servant not a rock star. Our Lord Jesus has a people in the world that are his own; he has purchased them, with his blood, and he has set them apart for himself; they devote themselves to him as a peculiar people.1 Joh 2:15:16:17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever pilgrimschurch.com