Here are some words of wisdom from our brother Charles Spurgeon. And I am sure, that if he had penned them today, he would surely have more stinging words about the condition of all that is called Christianity today. May God cause His Word, His Authority, His Majesty, His Righteousness, His Holiness, etc.. to lead us to true godly sorrow and repentance, so that we would live and die, if He so ordains, for His glory and praise; and not for ours or the world’s.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19
There would be much more persecution than there is--if there were more real Christians. But we have become so like the world, that the world does not hate us as it once did. If we would be more holy, more true, more Christ-like, more godly--we would soon hear all the dogs of Hell baying with all their might against us!
Remember, my brethren, whoever you may be, that if there is no distinction between you and the world around you--then you may be certain that you are of the world. For, there must always be some marks in the children of God to distinguish them from the ungodly. There is a something in them which is not to be found in the best worldling--something which is not to be discovered in the most admirable carnal man. A something in their character which can be readily perceived and which marks them as belonging to another and higher race, the twice-born, the elect of God, eternally chosen by Him--and, therefore, made to be choice ones through the effectual working of His grace.
I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them--for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. John 17:14