Christian morals



6. What do you mean by ‘the love of the world’ in your article ‘Demas, a bad example we ought not to follow’?



The love of the world is the love of the pleasures of life, carnal lusts, worldly amusements, riches, luxurious things, and the like; that is to say, all the things which are in this world and are not of God. For John says that all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world (1 John 2:16).

Here are some of the things of this world from which we must abstain: sumptuous and provocative clothing (with regard to women I mention trousers, miniskirts, low-necked dresses, transparent dresses, close-fitting dresses – women must abstain also from wearing necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and making up -), furthermore, we must abstain from going to the beach or to the swimming pool to get tanned and to amuse ourselves, from watching television, loving money, going to dance, going to nigh-clubs, going to amusement parks (such as Gardaland here in Italy, or Disneyland in the United States of America), going to the stadium to see soccer matches (as well as football, basketball, baseball, and boxing matches), listening to worldly music and playing worldly music.