Be Not Conformed To This World

Be Not Conformed to This World
I. Christians are commanded to "be not conformed to this world" (Rom 12:2).
1. The Lord instructs us to be nonconformists.
A. Conformv.-1.trans.Toform,shape,orfashionaccordingtosomepattern,model, or instruction; to make of the same form or character, to make like.
B. Wearethereforenottopatternourthoughtsandbehaviorafterthewayofthis world.
C. We should not look, act, and think like the people of this world.
2. We are in the world, but we must not be of the world (Joh 17:11 c/w Joh 17:14,16; Joh
15:18-19; 1Co 5:9-10).
3. God wants us to be in this world for a time to be the salt and light of it (Joh 17:15 c/w Mat
4. We can use this world, but not abuse it (1Co 7:31).
5. Abuse v. - 1. To disuse, give up. Obs. 2. a. To use improperly, to misuse; to make a bad use
of, to pervert, or misemploy; to take a bad advantage of
II. Examplesofbeingnotconformedtothisworld.ConsiderwhattheworldsaysversuswhatGod says concerning the following.
1. How we got here
A. The world says that we evolved from pond scum over billions of years.
B. GodsaysHecreatedeverything,livingandnonliving,insixdays(Gen1:1-31;Exo
2. Religion
A. The world says that all religions are equal and all lead to God.
B. GodsaysthatChristianityistheonlytruereligionandthatallothersarean abomination (Joh 14:6; Act 4:12; Joh 4:23-24; Pro 15:8; 1Co 10:20-21).
3. Salvation
A. The world says that eternal salvation is conditioned on something a person does
(faith or other works).
B. GodsaysthateternalsalvationisonlybyHissovereigngraceandhasnothingtodo
with what a person does, including his will or works (Rom 9:11-16).
4. Israel
A. The world says that the modern nation of Israel are God's chosen people that must
be supported at all costs.
B. GodsaysthatthemodernnationofIsraelareantichrists(1Jo2:22-23)whohate
God (Joh 15:23), whom we should not help (2Ch 19:2).
5. Premarital relationships
A. Theworldsaysthatyoungpeopleshouldexperimentwithsexbeforemarriageto make sure they are sexually compatible.
B. Godsaysthatwemustabstainfromfornicationandneverhavesexbeforemarriage (1Co 6:18; 1Th 4:3; Heb 13:4).
6. Sodomy
A. The world says that being "gay" is perfectly acceptable and even preferable.
B. Godsaysbeing"gay"isanabomination(Lev18:22;Lev20:13;Deu23:17;Rom
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7. Gender
A. The world says that you should be able to choose your gender.
B. GodsaysthatHechoseyourgenderforyou(Gen1:27),andtotrytochangeit
(effeminacy, cross dressing) is an abomination (1Co 6:9; Deu 22:5).
8. Marriage
A. The world says that two sodomites of the same sex can and should marry each other.
B. Godsaysthatmarriageisaunionbetweenamanawoman(Mat19:4-5)andthat
sodomy is an abomination.
9. Divorce
A. The world says that a couple can divorce and remarry for any reason.
B. Godsaystodivorceandremarryforanyreasonbutfornicationortheabandonment
of a believer by an unbeliever is adultery (Mat 19:6,9; Rom 7:2-3; 1Co 7:15).
10. Husband and wife relationship
A. The world says that authority in marriage should be 50/50.
B. Godsaysthatthehusbandistheheadofthewifeandthatshemustsubmittohimin
everything (Eph 5:22-24).
11. Women's duties in marriage
A. Theworldsaysthatwomenshouldfollowtheirdreamsandpursueacareeroutside the home.
B. Godsaysthatwomenshouldmarryandthencook,clean,andtakecareoftheir husbands and children (1Ti 5:14; Tit 1:4-5).
12. Feminism
A. The world says that women are equal to men in every respect.
B. Godsaysthatwomenaretheweakervessels(1Pe3:7;Isa19:16;Jer51:30)who
are more easily deceived (1Ti 2:14).
13. Having children
A. The world says that children are a burden and that having lots of them is foolish.
B. Godsaysthatchildrenareablessing,andthemorethebetter(Psa127:3-5). 14. Abortion
A. Theworldsaysthatamothercanmurderherbabyaslongasithasn'texitedthe womb.
B. Godsaysthatababyisachildfromconceptionandthosewhowouldharmthemare as cruel and stupid as ostriches (Isa 7:14 c/w Mat 1:23; Lam 4:3 c/w Job 39:13- 17).
15. College
A. The world says that all young people should go to college.
B. Godsaysthatmostofwhatistaughtincollegeisfoolishness(1Co1:19-21;Rom
1:22), and that the debt that most kids take on for it is stupid (see below).
16. Debt
A. The world says that debt is good and that we should not wait, but buy cars and every
thing else we desire with loans and credit cards.
B. Godsaysthatdebtisbad,stupid,andenslaving(Rom13:8;Pro24:27;Pro22:7).
17. Fiat money
A. The world says that paper is money and that gold is not money but a barbarous relic. B. Godsaysthatgoldandsilveraremoney(Gen44:8;Gen23:16).
18. Slavery
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A. The world says that slavery is one of the greatest moral evils.
B. Godallowsitaslongastheslavewasnotstolenandforcedtobeaslave(1Ti6:1-2
c/w 1Ti 1:10).
19. Open borders/world government
A. The world says that world government would solve all of our problems and that there should be no nations and borders.
B. Godsaysthatnationsshouldbedivided,notunited(Deu32:8;Act17:26-27).
20. War
A. The world says that war is good, patriotic, and economically beneficial.
B. Godsaystonotfightwithpeoplewhohavenotharmedus(Pro3:30),andtonot
murder people (Mat 19:18).
21. Tolerance
A. The world says that we should be tolerant and accepting of all ideas and lifestyles.
B. Godsaysweshouldhateeveryfalseway(Psa119:128). 22. Following the crowd
A. Theworldsaystogowiththeflowandnotbeanoddball. B. Godsaystonotfollowamultitudetodoevil(Exo23:2).
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