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Paul in a Postmodern World

The apostle Paul stands in stark contradiction to the post-modern world in which we live, and which has influenced both those in the pew and in the pulpit. We are encouraged to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind” rather than “conformed to this age” (Rom. 12:2).

We do not read that we should adapt the gospel message to the world, go with our gut, make decisions based on our feelings, or attribute our desires to the Spirit.

Rather, Paul writes, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Gal. 2:20).

Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24).

When we refuse to listen to those who are faithful to the Lord, when we put our own desires before His will, when we fashion our teaching to maintain popularity with those who have allowed their thinking to be shaped by a self-promoting, self-centered, and self-gratifying society we must ask ourselves important questions, “Have I been crucified with Christ?” “Is Christ truly living in me?” Or am I just focused on being “me,” when Paul focuses on me being like Jesus.