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The influence of Culture

mac.jpgAs Christians we often like to play the game where we keep one foot in the world while trying to place the other in the Kingdom of God. We like to convince ourselves that we are so “mature” in our faith that the culture around us has no measurable effect on our lives. It is precisely this kind of attitude which has caused us to allow the world to infiltrate the church and its teaching. Here are just a few examples…

  1. This is a story of a pastor who thinks the idea that Christ’s death was an atonement for sin is “insane.” This is a man who claims to be a Christian and a church leader.
  2. Here is a story about another “church leader” who apparently has abandoned any biblical call to holiness in order to make himself “relevant” to popular culture.
  3. And finally, here is a story that merely shows the logical progression in attitudes toward the sanctity of life in a culture that sees no problem with abortion.

As Christians we need to constantly remind ourselves that we are not our own. We are bought with a price and our sole purpose in this world is to bring glory to our Father in heaven. We need to remind ourselves of Paul’s admonition in Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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