The Bible warns believers in I Peter 14:16 not to “be conformed to the former lusts…because it is written, “You shall be Holy for I am Holy.”” Billy Graham often preached on the dangers of conforming to the temptations of the world.
Read 10 quotes from Billy Graham on Conforming:
There are those today that say we must do as others do, that we must conform to the world [to win it], that we must swim with the tide, that we must move with the crowd. But the believer should say, “No.”
The prophets who spoke to their generations for God did not please and conform; they irritated and opposed.
One of our most deep-seated fears is that we might be called an “outsider.” This fear has led us down the road to conformity, has put the imprint of “the organization man” on our souls, and has robbed us of originality of thought, individuality of personality, and constructive action.
It is a tragedy that many of God’s people have conformed themselves to the world and its thinking, rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds.
Don’t conform to those who have been overwhelmed by the tide of immorality sweeping our country.
The pagan world is still trying to put its stamp of conformity on every follower of Jesus Christ. Every possible pressure is being brought to bear upon Christians to make them conform to the standards of the present world… be a committed follower of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul said, “Be not conformed to this world.” These words cut like a sharp sword across our way of life They have the tone of the battle call in them. They separate the weak from the strong. But they are words of inspiration, and we need to hear them today.
It is often asked, “How could the early disciples turn the world upside down when millions of Christians can’t even keep it right side up today?” The answer is they didn’t conform their faith to match the world. They had the truth, and they refused to water it down. They had a faith that would not compromise.
The apostle Paul urges Christians everywhere in all ages to be nonconformists as far as the world system is concerned. We are not to conform. A true Christian, living an obedient life, is a constant rebuke to those who accept the moral standards of this world.
God’s purpose for us is that we out to be conformed to the image of His Son. The world may exert its pressure to deform us, but we are told to “be transformed” [Romans 12:2].