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Should I Compromise?

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Compromise:

noun

      an agreement or a settlement of discourse that is reached by each side making concessions:

·       a middle state between conflicting opinions or actions reached by mutual concessions or modifications:

 

Depending on what we are talking about this is exactly what is needed. In a Marriage. In a business proposition. In many relational situations compromise is the thing that is needed.

We read in Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. You better believe this is going to take compromise. Learning to do this is a good thing and will allow you to obey the clear command of the scripture and ultimately to have much richer relationships with the people in your life.

However, compromise stops dead in its tracks as soon as we are talking about Doctrine. It has no place in the clear teachings of the scriptures. 2 Peter 1:20: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation”. It has no place in the clear declaration of sin, morality and conduct. Colossians 3:5-7: “5Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.”

 Compromise, they say, for the greater good. Compromise and work together to overcome the greatest problems facing the world today. Compromise and together we will make this world a better place.

But what the world needs is Jesus. The biggest issue of the world is sin and only the Jesus of the Bible is able to do anything about that. Acts 4:12: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

So then some would say we need to compromise for the gospel’s sake which is an oxymoron in and of itself: Galatians 1:6-10: “6I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Some might say they are not compromising the message but instead they are simply using worldly ways and culture as a tool for the Gospel. This too is compromise for we read in 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18, “14Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them

And walk among them.

I will be their God,

And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

“Come out from among them

And be separate, says the Lord.

Do not touch what is unclean,

And I will receive you.”

18 “I will be a Father to you,

And you shall be My sons and daughters,

Says the Lord Almighty.”

 And we know that the Gospel and the ways of the Lord are foolishness to the world as we read in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, “18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

The Scriptures told us what the last days would be like. 2 Timothy 3:3: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…” (you can read the list it’s pretty bad) but then the antidote is given for this starting in verse 10: “But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, [skipping down to verse 12] Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,”

We must not compromise. It is a slippery slop that ends in disaster. It ends in apostasy. We must stay the course and fight the good fight of faith. Jude 3-4: “3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I know our God saves and is actively saving people right now. I know He is at work in the hearts of so many drawing them to Himself. I know the Church will not fail and the gates of hell will not prevail against her. But I also know that the days are dark and the enemy is ramping up his attack because he knows his time is short. The deception of compromise is very appealing and sounds so honorable. It has all the right emotion and just sounds good. “Let’s come together to overcome evil,”  But that’s just it. Jesus already overcame. We need to do it God’s way and leave the results up to Him, not compromise to help Him out. All that will do is create bad fruit, false converts and eventually the very apostate church that was prophesied to come in the last days. Although this is inevitable, I will not be a part of building it. I will stay the course. I will hold the line. I will not compromise. 

Pastor Adam MaloneyComment