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 God. James 4:4
James’ tone takes on a bit of hardness, I think you could say this verse is what is known as a “hard saying.” I believe that James wanted to strongly emphasize the IMPORTANCE of what he was about to say. In order to gain their attention, he spoke harshly, because some were NOT being totally LOYAL to God, but was still embracing the world.
When a person comes to God, for their SALVATION, they MUST STOP clinging to the ways of this SINFUL, WICKED, PERVERTED, and CORRUPT world. They NEED to TOTALLY SUBMIT themselves to God. You cannot LOVE the world and LOVE God, because the world is EVIL and DEPRAVED, but God is RIGHTEOUS and HOLY. One, cannot be FAITHFUL to God and live according to their old life-style, they MUST TURN away from the world, which is enmity against God, and turn TOWARDS God and His ways. You MUST be TOTALLY SUBMITTED to God and TOTALLY SEPARATED from the world.
Yes, while we are in this world, we must live according to certain aspects of this world, but we do not have to partake in the UNGODLY, WICKED, and CORRUPT aspects, just because you want to fit in. In 1John 2:15-17, John says: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes NOT from the Father, but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” You do have a choice.
If you are a TRUE BELIEVER, and still dabbling in the things of this world, then you are committing “spiritual adultery,” you are having an illegitimate relationship with the world and are at enmity with God. You NEED to LET GO of ALL your OLD life-style ways and TURN to God with a TOTALLY SUBMISSIVE HEART. SEEKING to live a TOTALLY SUBMISSIVE LIFE under the control of the Holy Spirit, which indwells you.
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are LOST and without HOPE, and on your way to spending an ETERNITY in HELL, the place of FOREVER torment, torture, heartache, agony, pain and despair, with NO WAY of escape, and you are at enmity with God. However, you can change your destiny, NOW, by coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and NO LONGER be LOST and without HOPE, and TOTALLY SEPARATE yourself from this wretched, wicked world, so YOU might have ETERNAL LIFE in Heaven. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!