If you are a good apple and you throw yourself on a barrel of rotten apples – you will not automatically make the other apples good. The good apple becomes rotten if it is left in the barrel; however, if it is soon removed, it will not be corrupted. When 1 John 2:15-17 tells us “love not the world” (in other words, we are in the world and not of the world) this means that we are not to fall in love with worldly affections. When dealing with unbelievers, we are not to avoid them. We are allowed to place ourselves with them as Jesus did, give them the gospel of Christ, and then remove ourselves before we begin to adopt their worldly attitudes. Holiness is not just staying away from unholiness; holiness is realizing that you can talk and even befriend the unsaved without falling into their unholy lifestyle.
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1 John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."