Slaves of the world

J. C. Philpot, "The Master's Bounty")

In our natural state, we are all the
slaves of the world

What the world presents--we love.

What the world offers--we delight in.

To please the world;
to get as large a portion as we can of its goods;
to provide amply for ourselves and our children;
to obtain and maintain a respectable station in it
--this is the grand bent of man's carnal heart.

"He died for our sins, in order to rescue us from
 this evil world in which we live." Galatians 1:4

"You have died with Christ, and he has set you
 free from the evil powers of this world." Col. 2:20

"God purchased you at a high price. Don't be
 enslaved by the world." 1 Corinthians 7:23

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of
 this world." Romans 12:2