Conforming to the Culture (Edward Bernays, Popular Culture, and Christian Worldliness)

Conforming to the CultureRobert Wurtz IIAnd do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)Our Greek word for "conformed" is syschēmatizō and it is in the present passive imperative with meœ,... Continue Reading →

Standing Against the Tide (sunapachthentes)

Standing Against the TideRobert Wurtz IIYou therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being carried away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:17–18) Peter had been discussing end-time events in 2... Continue Reading →

Dangerous Change

Dangerous ChangeChurcha-Cola Revisited (Original publication 2012)Robert Wurtz IIAnd be not conformed to this world... (Romans 12:2a)Our exposition of the text, be not conformed could be translated, "be not fashioned" (Greek mē sunschēmatizesthe μὴ συσχηματίζεσθε). This is the present passive imperative with mē; that is, stop being fashioned or do not have the habit of being fashioned to this world. Our Greek verb is... Continue Reading →

Commercial Christianity

Commercial ChristianityThe 'selling' of ones self Robert Wurtz IILet nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3 NKJV) In our previous study entitled Televangelicalism, we gave an overview of the rise of mass communication as it has been employed by evangelical Christian ministers. In... Continue Reading →

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