LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Conformity to the World

Vain and sensual amusements(John Newton's Letters)"Be not conformed to this world." Romans 12:2 Conformity to the world is the bane of many professors in this day. They have found a way, as they think, to serve both God and Mammon. They may attain to a scheme of orthodox notions--but they will remain destitute of the life, power, and comfort of piety--so long as they cleave to those things which are incompatible with it.We must not conform to the spirit of the world. As believers, we are strangers and pilgrims upon earth. Heaven is our country, and the Lord is our King. We are to be known and noticed as His subjects; and therefore it is His desire, that we do not adopt the sinful customs of the land in which we sojourn. We must not conform to the maxims of the world. The world in various instances calls evil good, and good evil. But we are to judge of things by the unerring Word of God--uninfluenced by the determination of the great, or the many. We must not conform to the world in their amusements and diversions. "What fellowship has light with darkness, or what concord has Christ with Belial?" What does a believer have to do into those places and companies, where everything tends to promote a spirit of dissipation; where the fear of God has no place; where things are purposely disposed to inflame or indulge corrupt and sinful appetites and passions, and to banish all serious thoughts of God and ourselves? If it is our duty to redeem time, to walk with God, to do all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to follow the example which He set us when he was upon earth. It must of course be our duty to avoid a conformity with the world in those vain and sensual amusements, which stand in as direct contradiction to a spiritual frame of mind. So far as a Christian is infected by a conformity to the spirit, maxims, and sinful customs of the world, true piety will be hindered.May the Lord enable you and I to lay this subject to heart, and that we be preserved from that growing evil--a sinful conformity to the world!

3 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

On the road to Rome, I am.

October 05, 2006 8:59 AM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

That was an excellent post. I need to copy and paste that on my sight if its ok. Solomon found out years later and the hard way that you cannot mix the two and worship God. Its so simple really...why cant we see it?

October 05, 2006 9:57 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Romans 12:2 is such a great verse for Christians to seriously follow.

October 05, 2006 10:08 PM

 

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