"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2 KJV

Be not conformed

Related to Whither the Church ? and Unbelief in the Church

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Or in the CJB

Romans 12:2 In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the `olam hazeh. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.

Note that it does not say, "Do not conform." The picture is not of us choosing to put on a garment of worldliness, but of allowing ourselves to be hammered into a mould like a bit of clay, or like a square peg being hammered into a round hole. We need to watch out for what the world wants to do with us!

(The alternative to resisting being conformed is Assimilation)

Have we taken on or inherited the world's position of hot issues? (in no particular order)

Women clergy and leadership

Is this the worldly pursuit of ambition, authority or feminist agenda, before God's agenda?

Gay Christians

Is this the worldly push for acceptance, by the church, of a practices God abhors, according to both Old and New Testament? It is not about acceptance of people, since all sinners are welcomed; but sinners are expected to leave their sin outside. You do not join a golf club if you want to play football.

Money and Wealth

Fairly obvious - but think about it.

Success, power and Influence

Should be obvious that God's ways are not man's ways - think about it.

Do we seek promotion and status within the church?

Lifestyle

Not that Christians should be defined by what they do not do, but step back and look at the lifestyle we choose, what lifestyle do our Facebook friends appear be chasing, and think about it.

Ways of thinking

Biblical? - Philosophical? - Secular? - learned at school? - absorbed from TV?

(less obvious Greek or Hebrew? that is like Jesus or like the philosophers)

Information absorption

From the TV? - from your chosen newspaper? - from the Internet? (your choice of sites)

Ephesians 2:2 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:

Education

By Christians? - by Agnostics? - by Atheists?

By media friendly "scientists" (the scientists and presenters who the media and education authorities sponsor)? - by scientists who are believers?

Evolution? - Creation? - Compromise - Do you attempt to force Genesis into Evolution or fit scientific Facts (not theories) into Genesis?

Consumerism

Do we search out a church where the "worship" or pastoral care or whatever suits us, and move on if we find something more appealing?

Is our idea of Worship like that of the world's pop celebrity; all about stardom, music and lights? Or do we worship God and then sing to Him? Singing and Worship are two different and complementary things.

2 Chronicles 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

Good or Best

Are we in danger of missing out on the best things that God offers by paying too much attention to things that are perfectly good?

 

The elephant in the room

Israel

Do we form our understanding from this world's sources or from God's word; the Bible ?

Do we believe the Media, Atheists, Muslims and their apologists, including academics and multiculturalists?

Have you been brought up on Replacement Theology?

Do you interpret Israel from a political viewpoint ? Many have the world upside down.

Have you assumed that the United Nations is a God given arbiter of international rightness?

Do you believe Israel is "Occupying" land according to "International Law" because the world believes that a "two state solution" will bring peace, regardless of whether it is just.

Wildolive, baptists4israel and many other sites exist to counter wrong sources.

Derek Prince said Israel is the bottom button test; if you get that one wrong, everything else will be wrong.

 

Finally

What should we be conformed to ?

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (KJV )

or

Romans 8:29 because those whom he knew in advance, he also determined in advance would be conformed to the pattern of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers; (CJB)

Posted 08/01/15

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