DO NOT CONFORM TO THIS WORLD!
The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2). The word, conform, is the Greek word, “soos-khay-mat-idꞌ-zo,” which means “to fashion alike” -- that is conform to the same pattern.
This teaches that Christians are not to be like the temporal world in which we live. The reason for this action is because if we base our lives upon the things that are temporal, we will become carnal rather than spiritual, which is sin. This clearly teaches that Christians are to change their minds to follow the teachings of God and not go along with the pressure to conform to our society on issues that conflict with the Bible.
The big issue is our society now is to accept homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle, but Christians must resist the temptation to conform to this sinful practice. What our society calls “gay,” God calls a sin (Lev. 19:4-5). What our society calls an alternative lifestyle, God calls an abomination! We must remember that the Bible is the standard for right living, and its principles and precepts must be applied to every situation of life in order to do that which is right and pleasing to God.
We must also remember that “world” (aion) including the heavens and earth and all things therein, is aging, deteriorating and dying, and will one day pass away. (II Peter 3:10-14)
Christians are not to conform, that is, fashion ourselves after the world. That means (1) not to follow the fellowship of the world (II Cor. 6:17-18), (2) not to follow the fashion, the evil desires (homosexuality) and lusts of the world (I John 2:15-16), (3) not to follow the ways of this world (Eph. 2:2), (4) not to follow the god of this world (Satan) (II Cor. 4:4), (5) not to follow the leaders of this world (I Cor. 2:6-8). President Obama has tried to uproot American culture and values, dismantle the Second Amendment, and more than once lied to us. (6) not to follow the false security of the world (I Thess. 5:2-3), (7) not to follow the crowd to do wrong in this world (Ex. 23:2), (8) not to follow false doctrine, false organization of worship in church (I John 2:15).
It is all too easy to follow the crowd, but that is the way of eternal death. If we allow ourselves to be saturated with the ways of the world, we will gradually be molded into a pattern of unrighteousness. To be conformed to this world is to follow worldly ends, guided by the wisdom of the world. If we allow a stream of evil to enter our lives, such as ungodliness, lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, deceitfulness, greed, etc., this sinful behavior will steadily replace the righteousness which was originally there. The bottom line that in order to go to Heaven when we die is to obey the gospel, live the Christian life and not be made into the image of this world.
The Lord’s purpose is that Christians change the world -- not that the world should change them!
---- Earl Sutton