James 4:4 You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
The Apostle James clearly states in this text that all of us are currently in one of 2 places in our lives. We are either God's friend or His enemy for we cannot be both. It is one or the other. Which are you?
James is accusing the recipients of his letter (Christians) as being guilty of "spiritual adultery". Cheating on God with the world and all it's pleasures.
The charge against these Christians is "unfaithfulness" to God because of their friendship with the world. In other words, their friendship with the world has caused them to be unfaithful to God.
Friendship with the world starts off with just being friends with those who believe contrary to what you believe and live. Then it leads to something more serious because you have been lead to believe that spending more time with people of the world and less time in bible study, prayer, the Word of God and fellowship with the brethren is not as important.
What eventually happens when you flirt with the world system is that before you know it, you will find yourself pursuing the pleasures and possessions of the world and being diagnosed with a disease called "spiritual adultery". A disease that God can cure once you have purposed n your heart to turn back to God and His principles and turn away from the world system.
When we got saved, we Christians entered in into a personal "covenant" relationship with God through Christ Jesus by faith. We are then in a "covenant agreement" with God. A spiritual marriage per say. A marriage that requires obedience and faithfulness to your partner.
As Christians, the body of Christ, the body of Believers, we are the “Bride of Christ”. The bride is to be faithful to the husband if the marriage is to work the way God intended it to.
The "world" that James is referencing is not people, but a organized "system" that is created by man for himself in which he attempts to live without God. This was very troubling for James to the point that He had to address it with God's people.
The world system is run by satan. Everything he says and does is contrary to God’s Word and principles. Therefore, you should not love the world system. That is why Jesus commands us in 1 John 2:15-Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
The world says eat, drink and be merry. You have one life to live so live it to the fullness by giving your flesh everything it desires and more. Never telling you that the wages of sin is death. Eternal separation from God.
God's Word says repent and be baptized that your souls may be saved.
Scripture clearly states that those who choose to be friends with the world is enemy with God.
Believe it or not, but friendship is based on common interest. Amos 3:3-How can two people walk together unless they agree?
Are you a confessing Christian who has become a “friend” of the world system that has become common place for you?
Ask yourself these questions and the answer to them will definitely tell you where you are with God.
Do you prefer friendship with those who are not believers in Christ. (2) You seek the approval of the world. Is it important to you that the non-Christian gives you their approval? (3) Do you conform to the standards and values of this world and not of the principles and standards that are laid out in God’s Word called the “Bible”? Are you more comfortable in your relationships with the unsaved than you are with the people of God whom you claim to be a part of?
The answer to these questions will help you determine if you are an enemy of God.
Remember, friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God.
I end with this quote from a Pastor I heard preaching one day. If you come with your cup full of self, you cannot be filled with God’s divine grace, but if you come with it empty, then the grace of God will have something into which the Holy Spirit can flow through.