“Do Not Conform…”
“Do Not Conform…”
A little sidebar for today.
Five hundred years ago today a lawyer-turned-priest nailed a document to the door of a church building.
Soon to be known as the “95 Theses”, Martin Luther had put into words the things that bothered him about the organizational church. Most dealt with “indulgences”…the passing out of “forgiveness” based upon “contributions.”
Many point to this act as the seminal moment in the nascent “protestant movement”.
The Lord was already moving in the heart of many.
Many were seeing that “it is by grace that we are saved through faith…not of works”.
We do well to remember and reflect upon the grace of the Lord.
Most do not.
Most celebrate “fall festivals”…at best a weak attempt at sanitizing “halloween”.
Read these verses.
Seek the Lord as to what He is saying to you.
Ephesians 5:11 ESV
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Ephesians 4:27 ESV
And give no opportunity to the devil.
1 Corinthians 10:21 ESV
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.
You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Leviticus 19:31 ESV
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers;
do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ESV
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Ephesians 5:6-12 ESV
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. …
3 John 1:11 ESV
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good.
Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
Have nothing to do with evil.
Do not put on the mask of the world.
Rather, put on the fulness of the Spirit.
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.
Do not be conformed to the world.