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What did Paul mean when he wrote that we should not be conformed to the world? Did he mean that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be compromised by the culture? Yes, but not in the ways we usually teach when we deal with Romans 12:1-8. Let’s start by reading the first two verses, which are two of the most well-known verses in the Bible.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (ESV).

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