By nature the system of this world is completely characterized by spiritual darkness.
Therefore, we should not expect any light of righteousness at all
to shine forth out from the individuals or movements of this present evil world.
In fact, we should only expect this present evil world
to hate and oppose the light of righteousness.
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind;
and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened,
being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them,
because of the blindness of their heart:
who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness,
to work all uncleanness with greediness.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit;
the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways:
and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake,
because they know not him that sent me.