"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 ESV)
In his 1966 sermon series on the new birth Lloyd-Jones describes one sign of "a perishing condition"...
"The only life they know is the life that belongs to the body. That is their realm, their sphere, and of course they are always talking about it and getting excited about it, spending their money and their time. I need not waste your time telling you in detail what I mean. We are all perfectly familiar with it. You simply need to read a newspaper or listen to the radio. Now I am not criticizing these things as such, but I am saying that it is rather odd or strange that people are prepared to give such time and money and enthusiasm to things that belong only to their animal and bodily and physical part and none at all to the highest part. That is what it means to be perishing. Not to be alive to and alert to the highest and the noblest and the most wonderful things, but to get so excited about the other. Surely that is a sign of death, a sign that we are in a perishing condition."
-- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Experiencing the New Birth (Crossway Books, 2015)