The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.3
IV. These principles apply when one seeks to fulfill the command of 1 John 2:15 to not love the world.
A. Attempts to cause one to stop loving the world will fail: “We shall never be able to arrest any of its leading pursuits, by a naked demonstration of its vanity.”
B. In addition to demonstrating the vanity of the world, “We must address to the eye of his mind another object, with a charm powerful enough to dispossess the first of its influences, and to engage him in some other prosecution as full of interest, and hope, and congenial activity, as the former.” Note the elements of his proposition:
C. There must the offer of some object of desire – other than the world or the things in the world.
D. The new object must be sufficiently desirable so that
1. He stops giving attention to the world
2. He begins to give attention to the new object
E. There is encouragement toward the new object.
F. To merely seek to charge one to stop loving the world, will not work.
1. To merely show that the world is vain, will not keep him from going after the world. Sure the object of his desire will not provide him much in the end, but he is going to desire something.
2. To leave him without any object of desire “is a state of violence and discomfort”.