They say if you want to hide something from someone do it in front of them.  As a school teacher I have learned the skilled talkers do not sit in the back of the room, but in the front.  So too with Scripture.  One of the most preached on and recited verse in the Bible is Romans 12:2,  “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), but it almost is the most ignored verse in the Bible. I find it amazing (God is so amazing) God allows us to live in an environment of cause and effect making our own choices and learning from them as we suffer the consequences.  And a part of the learning process is the ignoring of Scripture meant for our benefit.  I would like to get deep here for a moment by making a statement and then expounding on my thought. Where there is a lack of judgment the expression of mercy can be a fault.  wow I hope you were sitting down. In other words to lack of judgment the mercy we give may be wrong to give.  I know this is deep, but we can get through it.  For example:  having a love for the truth is more important than knowing all truth.  How we go hard after the understanding of truth when all we really need is just a desire for truth.  Or having a love for God is more important than to be used in ministry and moving in God in powerful ways. How we go hard after being used in ministry by God when all we have to do is have a love for God and He will take it from there.  The same truth holds true as we consider not being conformed by this world.  Paul knew the look and actions of the outward man reflects the inward work in man done by God.  Paul knew,  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”  (Proverbs 23:7)  He knew how we think inwardly will reflect us outwardly.  No matter how hard we try we cannot change this divine spiritual truth.  Thus, if you look and act like the world no matter how much you say you love God you love the world more than you love God.  It all goes back to the duck  . . . if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, smells like a duck, and sounds like a duck  it probably is not a chicken. The Bible says, “come out of the world, and be separate” (the word  “separate” means judgment) and the only way we can come out of the world is in our thinking and our approach to the things in the world.  John knew this also, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)  Now I can find myself here at times loving things of the world.  Did you get the end of that verse, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” not that we have sinned and on our way to hell, but “the love of the Father is not in us.”  And why?  Because we have the love of the world in us and good and evil cannot come from the same fountain.  How can we say we love God and have our (Christians) bodies tattooed, our face and bodies pierced with shinny things, or our pants hanging around our knees, and so much more?  All of these are expressions of the world that project a message and thinking that is anti-Christ born of man’s exalting his flesh over Christ.  I hear Christians say I am just expressing my artistic nature, no they are expressing their carnal ungodly nature that has not be dealt with by God.  Now many would say David you are judging and I would say you are 100% right I am judging.   Not judging is one of the biggest reasons why the Christians are is such a mess (and the world sees it) they have no ability to judge themselves, others, and ungodly situations that get them off track with God.  Did you know there are some people you cannot hang around and there are some places you cannot go and still serve God.  We are conformed to the world by our outward world-like appearance, like different colored hair, wearing the latest clothing styles (modesty in all things reveals a heart dealt with by God),  following Hollywood and the “beautiful people,”  but more from our inward heart condition that rejects a holy God and what He stands for.  How can we say we love God and our life is so plugged in to hand held devices where technology has replaced time spent with the LORD?  No my friend we have been deceived by the god’s of this world.  Make no mistake there is a god of this present world called technology and the more Christians (even in our church services) go after it the less God will be welcomed into our lives.  We will displace God and His Holy Spirit with the mind pleasing sensations and logical way of technology to connect with man instead of a holy God.  Jesus is not hip nor is He on line.  He is the saviour of the world and we must come His way.  Through the message of the Cross, death to our selfishness as He deals and judges in our lives.  A few years ago we went up in a small little town far back in the mountains of Pinhook, VA over the 4th of July ministering with Pastor Niki from Silistra, Bulgaria and his wonderful family.  Now Pinhook is in the kuntry (not country) back where you have to pump in sun shine.  I  was talking (to mainly older folks) about judgment and asked who carries their cell phone in their right rear pocket and many hands shot up.  I was surprised, but then I said, who told you to put your cell phone in your right rear pocket?  The hands slowly dribbled down in shame.  They have been conformed (without them really knowing it) by the worldly practice of stowing a cell phone in a right rear pocket. How subtle and deceptive the world can be in small areas that always leads to bigger areas of our lives.  They are hanging on trying to walk a Christian walk, but with no judgment of discernment.  They are not able to tell what is going on around them in the Spirit or what the will of God for them is in their daily living, they are so drunk with “stuff.”  These Christian have no clear judgment.  How much of the self-gratifying pleasures are we drinking?  How much do we load ourselves up with what the world has to offer?  How much of this cup to we drink?  Our self-centered, self-indulgences is greatly seen from the lack of judgment and the inability to judge ourselves.  One of the greatest dangers of being self-centered is the inability to know the difference between that which is darkness and that which is light.  Their thinking and ability to make correct and righteous judgments about situations, others, and themselves is the difference between life and death.  Before we can judge we need to have an ability of discernment to know the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, holy and unholy, and Godly and ungodly.  Without this ability we will not be able to judge ourselves nor will we be able to judge righteousness judgment. God began this divine spiritual principle in the Old testament in the Book of Leviticus, “Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. 23And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. 24But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from otherpeople. 25Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean26And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”  (Leviticus 20:22-26) and has carried it forward into the New Testament.  Peter knew something about judgment. “For the time is come that judgment (separation) must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”  (1 Peter 4:17)  Whenever we judge something there is always a separation.  This tomato is ripe this tomato is not ripe so I will not select this unripe tomato.  So too in our lives.  This situation is ungodly this situation is not so I will separate myself from the ungodly situation.  Right or wrong there is a judging and separation.  Once we come to a judgment we judge it and it is either condemned or accepted. Whether it is unclean or clean is beside the point.  If we judge it as unclean then it is unclean whether it is or not.  We make a judgment so that we can separate things that are not of God, condemn them, and so that they do not follow us along our walk with the LORD, if not they will follow us to heaven.  The main reason we are conformed to this world is because we have been deceived (our flesh revels in disobedience and deception) by the gods of this world and because we really do not have an understanding and a love for God. Where does Judgment begin and what are the results?  When we are separated from others and become the LORD’s in a fuller way we are brought to development and growth. God expects us to grow into maturity to the extent that we will be able to judge ourselves and others.  Self-judgment can only be accomplished by those who have matured enough to see themselves in the perspective from how the LORD sees things.  Sin CANNOT take root in us if we are “truly” convinced of God’s love for us and His forgiveness.  Sin is not an issue with God, but it is with man. This understanding will also prevent us from desiring to willfully sin.  We understand God’s desire towards us in a greater way, we hold the mystery of the Gospel in a higher esteem thus we have no desire to sin, we simply do right.  Doing right becomes natural to us, it becomes our way of life.  If we do not learn now to judge ourselves we will not be able, we will not have the ability to judge worldly things around us nor the Angels.  We will not be free to move and touch lives with the life of Christ, even in the smallest matters, and why?  Because within us is such a poor representation of the life of Christ.