How do we reconcile the Father’s love for the world (John 3:16) and Jesus’ sending of his followers into the world (John 17:18) with John’s command not to love the world (I John 2:15-17) and his call to believers to come out of “Babylon” (Rev. 18:4)?
The Apostle Paul quotes a secular poet when speaking to a secular audience in Athens (Acts 17:28). Do we need to be aware of the ideas and philosophies of modern culture in order to effectively speak to the culture? Is it possible to know modern culture without being exposed to sinful ideas and actions? Who are the “poets” of our modern culture? Is it sinful to be exposed to false philosophies and ungodly behavior? See Phil. 4:8
According to Paul’s teaching in I Cor. 5:9-13, from whom should believers separate? Who takes responsibility to judge the world? Who is responsible for convicting the world of sin? ( See John 16:8-11) What is our primary role in interacting with the world? See II Cor. 5:14-6:2; John 3:17; Luke 19:10