I do not hear it preached as much as I would like to, but the Christian salvation is not the saving of people. Rather, it is the transforming of them by the power of God, that the New Testament refers to as “grace.”
The Apostle Paul wrote that if any person be in Christ he or she is a new creation. A new creation! Not an individual who has reformed himself or herself by endeavoring to follow Christian principles, but a “new creation.”
An individual who is a new creation must be new in mind; new in the life by which he lives; new in speech; new in behavior. Finally, in the Day of Resurrection, new in body.
Paul spoke to us about being new in mind:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
In the time in which we live, people are being bombarded as never before by worldly media. The individual who desires to become a new man must discipline himself so that he is exposed to a limited amount of the enticements of the media.