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Non-conformity to the World.

Non-conformity to the World.

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BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD." Rom. 12 : 2.*
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD." Rom. 12 : 2.*

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NON-CONFORMITY TO THE WORLD.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
"AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD." Rom. 12 : 2.* This is a general exhortation, adapted to a great variety of occasions. It affords an excellent rule for the Christian's conduct, which he may readily apply when tempted to follow the course of this world. It is easy to know what the world loves and pursues, and it is easy to remember that the Chris-tian must take a different course. The way of the world is the broad way to destruction ; the way of life is narrow, and trodden but by few. The text is a plain and direct prohibition against con-formity to the world. It is addressed to the people of God, and stands connected with an affectionate exhortation to be devoted to him. This chapter is wholly practical ; and fol-lows a large and excellent discourse upon the exceeding riches of divine grace to sinners, in their free and full justification through faith in Christ Jesus, and the most noble and glori-ous privileges to which they are called. " I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable-service." Thus are the doctrines of grace sweetly connected with a gracious walk and conversation. They are
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connected in the Bible, and they are connected in all those who are taught of God. May we happily know their sacred union by our own experience. In order to this complete devotedness to God, the apostle * As this sermon is designed to expose the sin and danger of cnrnal gavics aiid amusement a, especially in the professors of religion, it may be usefully read in holiday-seasons, at the time of a fair or wakes, or when theatrical aviusemcnts are introduced into a town. It may also be lent to a friend who is in danger of being tempted to sinful compliances upon such occasions. SERMON LI. 541 here advises believers " not to be conformed to this world ;" not to be moulded into the same fashion — not to comply with their temper and spirit — not to imitate their depraved customs and manners ; but, on the contrary, to " be transformed by the renewing of their minds ;" to be changed into a contrary, bet-ter, more glorious, and abiding form — in the daily renovation of their souls, yet more and more, by the Holy Spirit. The text therefore teaches us this great and useful doctrine, that Christians must not be conformed to this world.
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By " the world," we are certainly to understand, the men of the world, in opposition to true believers, or the people of God. That there is a real and essential distinction between the world and the church, is abundantly plain from the Scrip-tures. Jesus Christ saith of his disciples, " They are not oi the world, even as I am not of the world;" and St. John saith of believers, " We know we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." This important distinction pre-vails throughout the Bible. Everywhere God's people are represented as diJOfering from the world. Believers are called children of God ; others, the children of the devil, and the children of wrath : the one are friends, the other enemies ; the one far from God, the other are brought nigh to God. It was the design of Christ, in dying for his people, " to deliver them from this present evil world" — to save them " from the evil that is in the world " — to make an evident separation, and " to purify unto himself a j^eculiar people, zealous of good works ;" that is, to separate them from the wicked world for his own use, and for his own glory, as his precious and peculiar property, that they might be zealously affected towards him and his cause, in the performance of every good work. The gospel of Jesus Christ calls believers to this separa-
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