The Christian is to walk singularly, not after the world’s guise (Romans 12.2).  We are commanded not to be conformed to this world, that is, not to accommodate ourselves to the corrupt customs of the world.  The Christian must not be of such a complying nature as to cut the coat of his profession according to the fashion of the times or the humor of the company he falls into – like that courtier who, being asked how he could keep his preferment in such changing times, which one while had a prince for popery, another while against popery, answered that he was not a stubborn oak, but bending osier, that could yield to the wind. – William Gurnall (1616-1679)

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