Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
"Friendship with the world" (James 4:4) is not necessarily the same thing as friendship with non-Christians. In New Testament language, the Greek word kosmos ("world") can signify several different things. It's derived from a root that carries the basic meaning of order, organization, arrangement, or systematic harmony. The Bible regularly uses kosmosto refer to the world or the universe, not just in the sense of the earth or the physical creation, but also with the following meanings: 1) the human inhabitants of the world (Matthew 5:14; John 3:16); 2) worldly affairs or possessions (Matthew 16:25; Luke 9:25); and, most importantly, 3) the ungodly system of human life as it is lived in separation from God (John 7:17; James 3:6; 1 John 4:4). It's this last definition that James has in mind when he writes that "friendship with the world is enmity to God."
James 4:4, NIV: "You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of Go
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