By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Road to compromise involves a large scale effort to undermine the fruition of God's Word; to wipe out godly virtues, with a desire towards domination rather than religious freedom!
There is a governmental intrusion that seeks to dominate every aspect of life to recreate and adjust life to its own perspective; ushering in socialism and communism, the enemies of democracy.
We are seeing once godly nations cave in to the demands of ungodly leadership that seeks to dominate and control the masses with its influence. We are seeing the youth of the land falling under the influence of new revolutionary ideals that attempt to stamp out traditional ways of life. We are witnessing dramatic changes that have blinded many with its attractions; not realizing how domineering its influences are.
We are seeing a lessening of influence of the church as many within its framework are accepting new cultural changes with zeal rather than realize they were an affront to godly virtues. There is increased participation as the tentacles of success continue to blossom forth; with little reproach; and if so, an attempt to stamp it out by the aggressors.
A Sunday school commentary noted: Things that once would have shocked Christians are now commonplace. There is much that does not disturb the church like it once did. Many Christians have been lulled into believing that all is well. There may be a revival here, a church doing a good work there, but where is the moral outrage necessary to petition God for a new reformation or another great awakening?
A new generation of believers have allowed worldly influences to dominate the church One person noted: The church use to set an example for the world, but now the world is setting an example for the church.
In a poem entitled "The Church Walking with the World" by an unknown author, are these words: The World said: Your preachers are all too old and plain. They frighten my children with dreadful tales that I do not like to hear. They talk of judgments, fire, pain, and the doom of the darkest night. They warn of a place that should not be thus spoken to ears polite!
I will send you some of a better stamp, more brilliant and fast, who will show how men may live as they please and go to heaven at last. So she called or pleasing, deemed gifted, and great, and learned; and the plain old men who had preached the cross were out of her pulpits turned. Those words, written a long time ago, address a situation we are experiencing; with many becoming blinded to the reality of it, allowing the seeds of deception, a road to compromise, to continue unabated with little concern.
The road to compromise paints a flowery picture that is embraced with all its trimmings. The terms, appeasement and tolerance, have vastly increased its continued growth. Many nations no longer are supported by the spiritual applications of yesteryear because of compromise; allowing seeds of corruption and ungodliness to increase beyond measure. Road to compromise enhances ungodly lifestyles; opening the gates of acceptance, of that which was previously unacceptable!
The church use to condemn sin; revealing its characteristics and dangers, but a new social gospel is being introduced that no longer paints a picture of rejection but of acceptance. Scripture reveals: The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
A Sunday school commentary noted: It has been said that sin will do three things in one's life: It will take one where they never intended to go; it will keep one longer than they intended to stay; and it will cost one more than they intended to pay. Sin is costly business that separates people from God; however, genuine repentance brings forgiveness and restoration with God.
Scripture reveals: Let us (Christians) not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith, and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:6-9).
The churches influence is lessening as old saints of God diminish in number, or influence, with replacements not of the same caliber. Let us not sleep, as do others, is a much needed call today as the road to compromise increases on a daily basis.
Road to compromise is increased; with an abundance of ungodly influences made readily available, at one's finger tip by our electronic age. There is a programming of the mind that enhances ungodly lifestyles, influences that are now openly proclaimed with pride, becoming acceptable through ungodly leadership.
Scripture reveals: You which teaches another, teach not yourself? You that preach a man should not steal, do you steal? You that say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that adhorrest idols, do you commit sacrilege? You that make boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonor not God (Romans 2:21-23)?
The road to compromise is lined with those who speak falsely to deceive. The Apostle Peter spoke of those who would follow their pernicious (destructive) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of (2 Peter 2:2). For when they speak great swelling words of vanity (emptiness) they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness (licentiousness), those that were clean escaped from them who live in error (2 Peter 2:18).
Scripture reveals: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that but bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-21). Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:23).
Therefore as the fire (tongues of fire) devour the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so there root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Though this was directed at Israel, in the days of Isaiah, it is applicable to those of today!
The road to compromise has opened the way to justify the wicked rather than the upright. The scale of justice is no longer weighed in favor of upholding the truth but oftentimes politically motivated by the wind of dissension.
There is a governmental influence that seeks to weigh the balances toward injustice, rather than justice, in seeking change that would undermine justice rather than promote its growth. Laws have been passed, that would support justice, but then ignored to suit the wind of change that is seeking to dominate the land.
A School school commentary noted what happens when a church walks on the road to compromise: It pursues social status rather than sanctification (being set apart unto God), financial security rather than sacrifice, prestige rather than the presence of God, and respectability rather than the moving of God's Spirit.
Many of our modern day churches, partially follow the Lord, while at the same time entering the road to compromise. Scripture gives an example of such: Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father; only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places (places of pagan worship) (1 Kings 3:3).
The road to compromise, in Solomon's case, was in his desire to please his pagan wives. Scripture reveals: Solomon build a high place for Chemosh (a pagan god), the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange (pagan) wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed to their gods (1 Kings 11:7-8).
Scripture reveals: The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul (Proverbs 16:17). A Bible commentary noted: Upright persons, such who are upright in heart, and walk uprightly; these walk in the plain beaten path of God's commandments; and so shun the paths of sin, and abstain from all appearance of evil, whereby escaping many evils others fall into.
He that keeps his way preserves his soul refers to the way in which the upright walk; who ponders the path of his feet and turns neither to the right hand nor the left (which would promote walking on the road to compromise), observes the road he is in, to keep it, and not go out of it; such a man preserves his soul from many snares and temptations, troubles, dangers, and evils, which he would otherwise be liable to.
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