"This World Is Not My Home"
2016 Truth Lectures
“This world is not my home, I’m just a’passin’ through.
My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
These familiar lyrics echo important Scriptural themes. This present sinful world is hostile to the precepts and principles of Christianity. Like the patriarchs of old, believers today live as aliens and sojourners, dwelling in a land that is not truly theirs, looking for a city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Heb. 11:8-16). Great are the implications of this pilgrim concept, impacting our perception of self, our interaction with society, our relationships with friends and family, and our own personal morality. The apostle Peter said,
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Pet. 2:11-12).
The evening lectures, drawn from this beloved gospel hymn, emphasize the pilgrim spirit of God’s people, the transitory nature of life, and the ultimate realities of heaven and hell. The morning lectures explore different ways in which Christians, living in the world, maintain their distinctiveness from the world. Special focus is given to the home, and also to issues of masculinity vs. femininity, plain talk about dating, and restoring a wholesome view of sex. We commend to you the lessons contained herein, hoping and praying that they will assist you on your spiritual journey. 348 pages, paperback.