James 4:4 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.
A friend of mine just got caught in an affair.
You might not believe this but his wife is uuuuuuuuupset. And not just a little. The husband and the “other woman” aren’t fairing too well. His wife isn’t chalking it up to a momentary failure (because it wasn’t). They’ve become her enemies.
That’s the picture in this passage.
When we cheat on God, it tears up the relationship.
When we choose to have a relationship with the world we give up our relationship with God.
Choose is the key word here. It’s not an accident or a single bad decision. It’s substitution on purpose. And the consequence is devastating.
Heb 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.