“Be not conformed to this world. It’s a command given by Scripture. In this message, Paul Washer exhorts us to abstain from becoming like the world. This includes thinking as well. Pragmatism, consumerism, etc. are all worldly thinking systems yet this has invaded much of the church. Let us not be conformed to these systems as well.”
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.…” Romans 12:1-3
“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” 1 Peter 1:14
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” 1 John 2:15
“You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4
Worldliness comes in many forms….what do you think about the most? Talk about? How do you really live, is it according to the word of God or is it indistinguishable from the guy next door who is unsaved? Is what you think about, talk about, do…pretty much just like him? Reading the bible, going to church do not count….how do you really live? Do you live in obedience to the word of God? We all are disobedient at times….at times….but if your life is characterized by disobedient behavior, thinking, talking…and you know if it is or not if you are totally honest with yourself…then you are worldly. And the bad news is this: God calls you His enemy. Worldliness has a very high price. Even if you do not feel it, now.
Take 50 minutes away from the world….get some solid truth and apply it. Or, remain an enemy of God if you like. The resource is here nonetheless….Who knows? You may end up with something real pertaining to God and pertaining to your actual walk to talk about with those who love Him. Deeper conversation than platitudes, glib humility, quotes and “doing good’s” as a substitute for substance. (We all know these folks, right? But for the grace of God we would all be these folks!).
The guy next door? Well maybe after you get some definite application under your belt, live according to the word of God, and get your mind stayed on the word and not the world, your words (if any) about God will finally ring true to him and he will actually listen to you and maybe even actually hear…