Is the Church supposed to be conformed to this world or to God? It seems like an easy answer, but observation reveals something else. Unfortunately, the Church is being conformed to this world. Many Churches have chosen to bring the things of the world into the Church, thinking they will win to Christ those who are unsaved. However, the opposite happens. Church members are influenced by the world, lose their testimonies, and occasionally drop out of Church.
The Church is to SEPARATE themselves from the world.
Spurgeon challenges us to think about the role of the Church. Spurgeon lived from 1834-1892. The problems have not changed. Sin still reigns.
Nothing worse can happen to a Church!
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world–but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Someone was asking, the other day, how it was that the church, nowadays, was not so separate from the world as it used to be. One who heard the question suggested that, possibly, the world had grown better; but another more truly said that, probably, the church had grown worse.
There are some, in these apostate days, who think that the church cannot do better than to come down to the world to learn her ways, follow her maxims, and acquire her “culture.” In fact, the notion is that the world is to be conquered by our conformity to it. This is as contrary to Scripture as the light is to the darkness!
Brethren, beloved in the Lord, you may depend upon it that nothing worse can happen to a Church, than to be conformed unto this world! Write “Ichabod!” upon her walls, then–for the sentence of destruction has gone out against her.
It will be an ill day for the church and the world when the proposed amalgamation shall be complete, and the sons of God and the daughters of men shall be as one–then shall another deluge of wrath be ushered in!
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
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We must encourage our Churches to separate themselves from the things of this world.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001