‘I matter most, and the world exists to serve me’. ‘Whatever satisfies me is what’s important’. ‘If I earn enough money, I will be happy’. ‘Whatever I do is acceptable as long as nobody gets hurt’. Do these thoughts reveal your worldview? The spiritual battleground against ideological strongholds is up against ideologies built around systems of thoughts and ideas that are embodied in cultures and that exert pressure on embers of that culture’. Master Life, The Disciple’s Victory.
Presently, there are so many ideas and rituals mushrooming up in church; and the ideology affecting the church is a hollow, ritualistic religion the Pharisees exhibited. The focus is an addictive effort to do the right thing rather than God …through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In the face of these ideologies, a Christian has a responsibility to be alert in the Spirit to discern the ideas correctly according to the Word of God.
Indeed the outside influence upon the church is intense and in many ways the church is embracing questionable values from the society. Worldliness begins in a way of thinking that has its center on our fallen human perspective. Master Life, The Disciple’s Victory. ‘Paul attacks worldliness at its root – not in our behavior, but in our thinking… “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” As Christians, we need to have a distinctly different worldview…making our thoughts to grow more Christlike and less like the world. The alternative to conform to the world’s pattern is to be “transformed by renewing of your mind”; and the source of this renewal of mind is God himself who revealed Himself in the Bible.
Paul warned “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather on Christ.” (Col.2:8).