Transform, Transformed, Transforming, Transformation

While working on Part 2 and Part 3 of Barna Research for my blog, I realized that I need to discuss some current words/phrases before I can continue my comments about George Barna and the Barna Group.

Perhaps I should first mention that the word spiritual is overused these days, and often is referring to a feeling or sensation which may or may not be related to God and His Truth.

With that in mind, I would like to talk about some spiritual buzzwords. Specifically in this blog, I am going to discuss the verb, transform and its tenses. Transform is found in Romans 12.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”—Romans 12:2

I believe that the folk who use transform, or its relatives, whether it be in titles or content of books; on church billboards, bulletins, or conferences; headers on sites, etc., are counting on the folk that know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, to reference the meaning of transform as it is in Romans 12:2.

However, there is a very different connotation to our blog word of the day in another part of the BOOK:

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
—2 Corinthians 11:13–15

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