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“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.” —Romans 12:1–2
When challenged about the world’s influence in our lives, most of us respond dismissively. We are quick to denounce the corrupt trends of the culture and highlight our participation in the church. Church parking lots are full of bumper stickers that declare we are “not of this world.”
Yet worldliness is far more subtle than we care to think, and this is precisely what makes it so dangerous. It thrives best in the individual who is convinced he is free of the disease, who believes it poses no threat to his state of mind.
The gravity of this problem is illustrated in the commands given by the writers of the New Testament. Paul had to urge the believers in Rome to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed” by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2). He exhorted the Colossian church to set their minds “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2) and reminded the Philippian believers that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). John stated it bluntly, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
The very fact that the writers of the New Testament address the topic of worldliness with reminders and warnings illustrates that even saints are prone to love the world. And in the first-century, the difference between the church and the world was stark; today, that difference is hard to distinguish.
In light of this need for reminders and warnings, this year’s Men of the Word conference will focus on the problem of worldliness: how to identify its subtle features, how to mortify it, and how to cultivate its antithesis—a life resolutely focused on Christ.
Men, recognize the clear and present danger, and join us on Saturday morning, April 25, for a time of exhortation, admonition, and encouragement.
TBD • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Worship Center
Speaker: Paul Washer
Cost: $20 (includes lunch) Registration will open April 1.