The World (1)
A Sermon on Romans 12:1-2
A Living Sacrifice
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)
When the church becomes like the world, the gospel message is eclipsed. Today, it seems the church is often bending to the desires and the thoughts of the world. Who determines morality? What is right? Some church leaders argue that we must change our message, or else become irrelevant. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that this very thinking is conforming to the world. The world, according to the Bible, thinks of, organizes, and lives life apart from God. Fallen man is corrupt in his very thinking. They do not know God. They do not understand the depth of the human problem and their proposed solutions lack the answer. Lloyd-Jones argues that Christians are not, therefore, to conform to the world. The means, our understanding of morality comes from the Word of God and nothing else. Christians are a distinct people who have a new mind. We’ve become enlightened to the will of God. The great tragedy today is not that the devil is controlling the world. The great tragedy today is that Christians are looking to the world for answers. Our theology is conforming to the ideas and expectations of sinful man. Listen, as the Dr. explains that this admonition is as much needed today as it ever was: be not conformed to the world.