Worldly (Separate page)

       Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the word . . .

                w o r l d l y        (  26  RELATED  PHRASES )                          

                     The  word  'Worldly'  appears  4,321  times in the published writings of EGW               See page on Original site                                                                   Related word:    the world

       +++    Worldly amusements  ( see below )

         +    worldly fashions   ( 21 )    >   

         +    Worldly friend ( 4 )   >   worldly friends  ( 8 )   >   worldly friendships  ( 1 )

         +    Worldly Gain   ( 118 )

            Worldly interests    ( 105 )       ►     worldly pursuits   (  )

         +    Worldly lusts   (  )

         +    worldly pleasures  (  )   under construction

         +    Worldly Possessions  (  )    +    Worldly Wealth    ( 40 )

         +    Worldly Wisdom   ( 71 )      ►   Wisdom of the World  (  )

Satan’s temptations succeed with the professed followers of Christ on the point of indulgence of pleasure and appetite. Clothed as an angel of light he will quote Scripture to justify the temptations he places before men to indulge the appetite and in worldly pleasures which suit the carnal heart. The professed followers of Christ are weak in moral power and are fascinated with the bribe which Satan has presented before them, and he gains the victory. How does God look upon churches that are sustained by such means? Christ cannot accept these offerings, because they were not given through their love and devotion to Him, but through their idolatry of self. But what many would not do for the love of Christ, they will do for the love of delicate luxuries to gratify the appetite, and for love of worldly amusements to please the carnal heart. { Con 71.1 } 


                                       w o r l d l y     A m u s e m e n t                                                                   

         +++     Worldly Amusement  ( 28 )    >>   Desire for Worldly Amusement  ( 8 )
                                                             >   places of worldly amusement  (  )

                                 ►>    Card playing       ►   Theatrical performances     ►   Dancing  

        +++     worldly amusements  ( 46 )    >   love of worldly amusements  (  )

                                  +     Popular Amusements  ( 11 )

"The enemy is buying souls today very cheap. "Ye have sold yourselves for nought," is the language of Scripture. One is selling his soul for the world's applause, another for money, one to gratify base passions, another for worldly amusement. Such bargains are made daily. Satan is bidding for the purchase of Christ's blood and buying them cheap, notwithstanding the infinite price which has been paid to ransom them."  Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 133


                                     w o r l d l y     c u s t o m s                                                                   

         +    Worldly Customs  (  )  >>>   conform to worldly customs  (  )   >  conformity to worldly customs  (  )
                                                      >  conformed to worldly customs  (  )

        +    Worldly Customs and practices   (  )

           Worldly policy    (  )

                                 w o r l d l i n g                                                                                                       

         +     - -  from the worldling  ( 4 )    >    The Christian differs from the worldling

         +    discernment than the worldling   ( 8 )

A profession of religion has become popular with the world. Rulers, politicians, lawyers, doctors, merchants, join the church as a means of securing the respect and confidence of society, and advancing their own worldly interests. Thus they seek to cover all their unrighteous transactions under a profession of Christianity. The various religious bodies, re-enforced by the wealth and influence of these baptized worldlings, make a still higher bid for popularity and patronage. Splendid churches, embellished in the most extravagant manner, are erected on popular avenues. The worshipers array themselves in costly and fashionable attire. A high salary is paid for a talented minister to entertain and attract the people. His sermons must not touch popular sins, but be made smooth and pleasing for fashionable ears. Thus fashionable sinners are enrolled on the church records, and fashionable sins are concealed under a pretense of godliness.  Great Controversy, page 386.1


               w o r l d l i n e s s        (  2  RELATED  PHRASES )                          

                       The  word  'Worldliness'  appears  442  times in the published writings of EGW

             +     Worldliness  ( 442 )    >   spirit of worldliness  (  )

             +     condition of worldliness  (  )     ( see below )

             +     intense worldliness  (  )

   The first angel’s message of Revelation 14, announcing the hour of God’s judgment and calling upon men to fear and worship Him, was designed to separate the professed people of God from the corrupting influences of the world and to arouse them to see their true condition of worldliness and backsliding. In this message, God has sent to the church a warning, which, had it been accepted, would have corrected the evils that were shutting them away from Him. Had they received the message from heaven, humbling their hearts before the Lord and seeking in sincerity a preparation to stand in His presence, the Spirit and power of God would have been manifested among them. The church would again have reached that blessed state of unity, faith, and love which existed in apostolic days, when the believers “were of one heart and of one soul,” and “spake the word of God with boldness,” when “the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 4:32, 31; 2:47.  Great Controversy, page 379.1   Read entire Chapter 21 


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"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." 1 Corinthians 10:11, 12. Satan well knows the material with which he has to deal in the human heart. He knows -- for he has studied with fiendish intensity for thousands of years -- the points most easily assailed in every character; and through successive generations he has wrought to overthrow the strongest men, princes in Israel, by the same temptations that were so successful at Baalpeor. All along through the ages there are strewn wrecks of character that have been stranded upon the rocks of sensual indulgence. As we approach the close of time, as the people of God stand upon the borders of the heavenly Canaan, Satan will, as of old, redouble his efforts to prevent them from entering the goodly land. He lays his snares for every soul. It is not the ignorant and uncultured merely that need to be guarded; he will prepare his temptations for those in the highest positions, in the most holy office; if he can lead them to pollute their souls, he can through them destroy many. And he employs the same agents now as he employed three thousand years ago. By worldly friendships, by the charms of beauty, by pleasure seeking, mirth, feasting, or the wine cup, he tempts to the violation of the seventh commandment.  Patriarchs and Prophets, page 457.3


Wherever the cause exists, the same results will follow. He who deliberately stifles his convictions of duty because it interferes with his inclinations will finally lose the power to distinguish between truth and error. The understanding becomes darkened, the conscience callous, the heart hardened, and the soul is separated from God. Where the message of divine truth is spurned or slighted, there the church will be enshrouded in darkness; faith and love grow cold, and estrangement and dissension enter. Church members center their interests and energies in worldly pursuits, and sinners become hardened in their impenitence.  Great Controversy, page 378.2


Satan sought to tempt Christ not only to indulge the grosser passions and to yield to appetite, but he appealed to His ambition. Notwithstanding the enemy's determined efforts, Christ did not manifest a grasping spirit to gain possession of the kingdoms of this world. He did not worship Satan to gain worldly wealth.  Integrity should never be yielded to obtain any earthly advantage. Power and riches obtained at the expense of honesty and principle will prove a terrible curse. Yet the masses worship Satan instead of God, because such a course gives them more freedom to engage in satanic practices in their business transactions, that they may add to their riches.  {18MR 113.3}


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