The Christian is to walk singularly,not after the world’s guise, Rom. 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, he was
e salice, non ex quercu ortus—he was not a stubborn oak, but bending osier, that could yield
to the wind. No, the Christian must stand fixed to his principles, and not change his habit; but
freely show what countryman he is by his holy constancy in the truth.