Renewing Your Mind. Romans 12:1-2. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”. Renewed View of Morals. No place in America is so obviously in need of a renewal – note change in our lifetime!
Renewing Your Mind
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Renewed View of Morals
No place in America is so obviously in need of a renewal – note change in our lifetime!
Life has changed all around us, as though we were sleeping and now suddenly awakened.
Contrast: “The gradual conforming of the man more and more to that new spiritual world into which he has been introduced, and in which he now lives and moves; the restoration of the Divine image; and in all this, so far from being passive, he must be a fellow-worker with God” (Trench, Syn of NT, 65-66)
NT Christians Had to Learn It
Early Christians came from pagan lives
1 Pet 4:1-4 “wasted enough time”
Idolatry, social customs and national leaders promoted licentious and wicked behavior
Living in wicked environment made it seem natural – “everybody is doing it.”
Example: family in Corinth on “holy day”
But Christians must see life differentlyActs 3:19; 2 Pet 2:9; 19; 3:11
Without God, There is No Moral Standard
Debate among sociologists as to existence of moral standard apart from revelation
Without divine standard, whose rules do we follow? Yours, Mine, Atheists, Societies?
Obviously, man has capability of great good, great evil (Hitler), but who is to say what is good or evil for all time for all people?
Giving up knowledge of God allows man to descend into gutter Rom 1:20-32
Identifiable Change Agents of Morality
Journalists and mass media (biased, liberal)
Supreme Court (unable to define pornography, limits religion)
Television (vast wasteland of immorality)
Churches (liberal, tolerant, accept all sin)
Political parties (cater to blocs for votes)
Social Mores – such as easy divorce, alternate life styles, acceptance of perversions
Inability of most to stand against pressures
“Slouching Toward Gomorrah” (Bork)
“Thirty years ago, Clinton’s behavior would have been absolutely disqualifying. Since the 1992 election, the public has learned far more about what is known…as the ‘character issue’. Yet none of this appears to affect Clinton’s popularity. It is difficult not to conclude that something about our moral perceptions and reactions has changed profoundly.” (Modern Liberalism and the American Decline, Robert H. Bork)
Needed: A Renewal of Bible Teaching of Purity
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness” Gal 5:19
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” Eph 5:3
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication” 1 Thes 4:3; Col 3:1-9
Needed: A Renewal of Bible Teaching of Purity
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death, their blood shall be upon them” Lev 20:13
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their woman did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and likewise also the men” Rom 1:26f
We Are in a Culture War
Liberal thinkers have made a conscious assault on morality, substituting secularism
Rejecting the Bible and ancient rules of conduct, a “new morality” is substituted.
Humanism invaded every level of schools and tossed out God and morality
Supreme Court has changed “freedom of religion” to “freedom from religion.”
Illegal to teach “Intelligent Design”
Culture War - Continued
Rock and Roll music spelled out rebellion and immorality – Result, “Aids” Rom 1:26-7
The 60’s were known for domestic upheaval, drug use, promiscuous sex, abortions, etc.
2004 election introduced candidate who was from that generation of “flower children” that fought authority and discarded medals
This characterizes our culture today
Immorality has gone “uptown”
Where Are These “Flower Children” Today?
“They went into politics, print and electronic journalism, church bureaucracies, foundation staffs, Hollywood careers, public interest organizations, anywhere attitudes and opinions could be influenced. And they are exerting influence.” (Ibid, 51).
Consider Jane Fonda, Howard Stern, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, The Beastie Boys, Gangsta Rap, homosexuality, out of wedlock babies, rampant divorce, etc.
There will be Consequences to this Immorality
Isa 1:10-16 “I have had enough”
Jer. 3:20-21 “they have perverted their way”
Ezek. 23:35 “bear the consequences”
Ezek 18:4“the soul that sins shall die”
Even pagan nations see us as flagrantly sinful; America is at a crossroads!
We are in a spiritual and moral crisis and many are not even aware!
“New Freedom” is Enslavement – 2 Pt 2:19
“Freedom from religion” insures atheism
Humanism fights revealed religion“Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?” (Humanism, a New Religion, C. F. Potter)
Even How We Mark Time Is Changing
The Birth of Jesus Christ changed the dating system of our calendars
B.C. = “Before Christ”
A. D. = “Anno Domini” (in the year of our Lord
Now, publications are ignoring Jesus and using
B. C. E. = “Before common era”
C. E. = “common era”
George Washington’s Farewell Address - 1796
“ It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be sustained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality cannot prevail in exclusion of the religious experience.”
What Can We Do?
Remember that God still rules Hab. 2:20
There is a seasoning influence to righteousness Matt 5:13-16
Pray fervently 1 Thes 5:17; Jas 5:16
God will not ignore sin Amos 2:4-5
Remember the Judgment 2 Pet 3:5-13
“Be Not Conformed”
“Be ye Transformed”