What is Compromise?
The word compromise has several definitions. One of those definitions is an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions. So is it a good thing to compromise or a bad thing? That depends on what is being compromised. In the context of marriage, friendship, or even a business relationship, then compromise is not only a good thing, but it is also a required thing! Without compromise in these types of relationships, they stop being mutually beneficial, and one party becomes a dictator. People do not always see eye to eye on everything, so the answer to keeping a relationship mutually beneficial is for both parties to make compromises from time to time.
That does not mean that everything in a relationship should be compromised. Most single believers want to meet someone who is also a believer, and many of them will not compromise on this. That is not a bad thing. No one would fault anyone for standing firm and not compromising on something like that. Things like hair color, height, etc. are things that a person could compromise on. I’m not sure why using the example of singles came to mind, but it works well for the point I’m trying to make. Compromise is vital and a good thing to do, but there are also things that are non-negotiable and to compromise on these issues could cause a person, a small group, or even a large body of individuals great harm.
Compromising Your Faith and the Word of God
Some other definitions of compromise are a middle state between conflicting opinions or actions reached by mutual concession or modification, the acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable, to weaken a principle by accepting standards that are lower than is desirable. In some cases, compromise is not only a bad thing but can make the difference between life and death. When it comes to our Faith and the Word of God, there can be NO compromise.
Every day the body of believers becomes more and more like the world that we are called to be set apart from (Romans 12:2) because we have stopped standing on the firm foundation of the Word (2 Timothy 2:19) and have started to compromise.
YHWH’s word is final, set in stone, and it does not change. (Isaiah 40:8, 2 Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 30:5) He does not change. (Malachi 3:6) Most believers would not admit that they compromise their faith or His Word, but when I look at the body as a whole, that is exactly what I see, Compromise.
Many people, by no fault of their own, are simply ignorant to the truth. They believe what they were taught by their parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, youth pastors, associate pastors and head pastors and never give what they say a second thought. Why should they, these are people who love them and want to see them do well. The idea that these people could be wrong never crosses their minds. A lot of people are compromising their faith and do not even realize they are doing so because they never take the time to test what we are taught to the Word of YHWH (2 Peter 2:1-3, Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 4:3, Colossians 2:8).
Compromising and Using Scripture to Justify It
There are things in scripture that are being compromised on and people justify these things by using scripture. If that is not a contradiction, then I don’t know what is. I’m talking about people forsaking Scripture in the name of love, I’m talking about people being so scared of hurting someone’s feelings that they neglect to point out sinful behavior that is unbiblical, I’m talking about people being so worried about being politically correct that they stop being biblically correct. Most people will not tell someone when they are sinning, and they justify their lack of action by saying something like, “It’s not my place to judge…,” or they will quote Matthew 7, which does not say that you should not humbly and with love tell someone when they are sinning. It says not to be proud and point out sin in other people while you act like there is no sin in your own life.
Two of the biggest issues that the body as a whole compromise on right now are abortion and homosexuality. These two topics should be very easy for the church to take a stance on. Both of them are wrong according to scripture.
Homosexuality is an abomination according to YHWH, and He hates it. (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Homosexuality is wrong; it is a sin and an abomination. Most believers will not take a strong stand against it, though. They remove themselves from the issue with the argument that “It’s not my place to judge…, I’m called to love my fellow man”, which is 100% right, but for us to not openly rebuke homosexual behavior, we are compromising His Word. I’m not saying that we should not love these people or that we should be hateful to them, but there is a big difference between being hateful and showing someone the truth in love. After all, we are called to correct others when they are sinning. (Proverbs 27:5, Luke 17:3-4)
We need to love the person and rebuke the behavior, but most people will not do that because they are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings or feel they have to be politically correct about the topic, or maybe they are afraid they will be labeled homophobic. Most people would rather be politically correct than biblically correct, and that is sad. It is not just individuals either. Whole churches and even whole denominations are compromising the Word in regards to homosexuality.
Not long ago, the Boy Scouts of America (BoA) changed their bylaws to allow openly gay leaders and members. Churches have been one of the biggest supporters of the BoA and when they made this change a lot of them did the right thing and cut ties with the BoA. There are other churches out there though who have renewed support for the BoA, compromising His Word. Regardless of the reason for their decision, to renew support for this organization after they openly support a lifestyle that is opposed to the Word of YHWH is WRONG! Any church or religious organization that claims to believe in Y’shua and the Word of YHWH that has not immediately stopped all support of the BoA is compromising!
There should not have been any church meetings or votes about whether to continue support of the BoA. As soon as the BoA made their announcement that they were changing their bylaws, every church should have immediately responded by pulling their support. It is as simple as that. Any church that is continuing to support the BoA is supporting an openly gay lifestyle, and they are compromising.
“But what about the kids…why should they have to suffer,” some of you may be thinking. There are alternatives to the BoA and let’s not forget that while it may not seem like that big of a deal on the surface, but the larger agenda is the desensitizing of our young people. It’s already happening which is why we see an uprising in the LGBT community. As more and more people become desensitized to this issue, it will continue to get accepted as the new norm. Then where do we go next, pedophiles wanting equal rights to marry children, people wanting to marry their pets? It’s time to stop compromising and take a stand against sinful behavior becoming the new norm.
Abortion is another issue that should be very easy for the church to take a stance on. Thou shall not kill. (Deuteronomy 5:17) It is as plain as day, do not kill. People argue about when the baby becomes a person, but YHWH says that he knows us before we are born. (Jeremiah 1:5) Some say that a woman should be able to have control over her own body, but for a believer to not openly rebuke the killing of an innocent life, they are compromising. This is another issue where believers should show love to these women, but rebuke the action they are pursuing. Instead most just keep quiet because they do not want to hurt feelings or be politically incorrect, but once again, they have no problem being biblically incorrect! People can try to spin it any way they want, but the truth is, Abortion is wrong, it is killing. YHWH does not like abortion! (Exodus 20:13, Exodus 23:7, Deuteronomy 27:25)
There is one aspect of this issue that is tricky. What if the life of the mother is in danger due to pregnancy? There are examples in the Bible where protecting the life of the mother can be seen.
One could argue that the spiritual aspect of this verse suggest that the life of the mother is more important. After all, she can have more babies, but babies cannot have more mothers. In the case of certain medical conditions an abortion could be seen as an option, but that decision is one that should be made on an individual basis and only as a last resort. Abortion to save the life of the mother is not the same as an abortion due to simply not wanting a child!
Compromising for Numbers and Money
This is probably the most controversial part of this whole topic, but anyone who does not believe it is just lying to themselves. There are many, many pastors and leaders out there who have compromised everything for numbers and money. I’m sure they all started out with the right motives and a pure heart, but man is easily corruptible and the two easiest ways to corrupt a man are with power and money. (1Timothy 6:10) Most of the well-known Pastors of Mega Churches are compromising God’s word to keep their numbers up which in turn keeps the money flowing in. They fail to teach the whole Word of God and instead push a “Prosperity Message” or only talk about the “Happy” parts of scripture and never get into the whole truth, but that is what people want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3) If these pastors were to start teaching the whole Word of God and started telling people the whole truth, they would lose members and money. The pastors are compromising the whole Word in order not to lose members, and the members are compromising by not demanding that the entire Word be given to them because they do not want to hear about the parts that require work, action or sacrifice on their part. Most people want to play church for a couple of hours once a week where they sit and listen to a feel good message before they head out to the buffet for lunch.
All these televangelists are just as bad. They pull on the heart strings of sincere people to send in money and for what? So they can afford to fuel up their private jets, buy fancy cars, and make the note on their million dollar homes? I do not think it is bad for a preacher or teacher to be blessed financially; there are many people in the Bible who YHWH blessed with wealth. These people were not compromising, though, they were doing the will of the Father, and He saw fit to bless them. The people I’m talking about are more salesperson than shepherd and will say whatever they need to say to keep the money flowing in, and that means compromising His Word. Some of these pastors and teachers also travel the country to do speaking engagements, which is a good thing, until you see what they are charging for ticket prices. Imagine if Y’shua were like some of these pastors and teachers…”Hey everyone, Y’shua here. I’m going to be speaking at the base of this mountain later and want to make sure you all come. There is a $130 cover charge for your tickets, and if you get hungry, we have fish and bread plates for $20 a person at the concession stand.”
Can you even imagine that? That is basically what these people are doing when they monetize the Word of YHWH. Don’t take what I’m saying the wrong way. Being in ministry, I know that it takes money. There are cost associated, and I don’t even have a problem with someone making a living off of being a teacher. The problem lies with those who are living well beyond their means with multiple cars, huge estates, and private jets.
Softening the Truth for Numbers
In an attempt to bring more people to faith some pastors and teachers will present people with a watered down version of the truth. They soften the message by only bringing up the parts that will draw in more members. They are compromising! If my leg is on fire, do not sugar coat it, do not try to think of a positive way of letting me know, do not water down the truth, just be honest and tell me my leg is on fire. We are talking about souls here, about everlasting life in the kingdom verse death!
Softening the truth to reach more people is the reason that the church as a whole is not a “Light to the Nations” as we should be. (Matthew 5:16, Matthew 5:14-16, Acts 13:47) The light is very, very dim because the church has compromised and become like the world. It is nearly impossible to distinguish between a believer and non-believer in the world today. Sure lots of people go through the motions, church on Sunday, Wednesday night prayer meeting, choir practice, etc., and they wear their cross jewelry, WWJD bracelets and have a house full of Bibles and devotional religious books with a Jesus Fish on the back of their car. That is not what it is all about. If anyone thinks that any of that stuff will matter on judgment day they are crazy, and Y’shua talked about these people in Matthew 7:21-23.
Conclusion…Our Light is Dim and Compromise is Why!
The Church (body of believers) is nowhere close to what it was in the first century. Because of compromise for every reason from more numbers to money and power, the light of the Church is so dim it is barely noticeable. We are all called to walk like Y’shua walked (1 John 2:6), and Y’shua told us that we would do even greater things that He did. (John 14:12) For a while that was true. The Apostles performed miracles and raised the dead. (Matthew 10:8, Acts 9:40-42) They didn’t have to have a house full of religious literature, cross necklaces, and WWJD bracelets for people to know that they were set apart. Their light shined so bright that people instantly knew they were special. People would go out of their way just to get close enough to Peter that maybe even his shadow would touch them. (Acts 5:15-16)
Instead of getting brighter and lighting the way for non-believers, the church has dimmed its light and become more like the world. Unfortunately, most people do not even notice and even worse, a lot think it is a good thing because they are reaching more people. An example I like to use is Halloween. Most people will admit that Halloween is a pagan holiday. When I was growing up, we didn’t celebrate it. The church didn’t celebrate it. Then at some point, some churches decided to have a “Fall Festival” to coincide with Halloween. Today most churches fully embrace Halloween and even encourage their members to dress up and come to the church to trick or treat. Some churches, in the name of reaching more people, have started “trunk or treat” where they go set up in a parking lot somewhere and hand out candy from the trunks of their cars.
Compromise!!! It is the largest threat to our faith, and it is the greatest weapon of the adversary. Over the last 2000 years, the enemy has slowly used compromise to move the body farther and farther from the truth of YHWH’s Word and farther and farther into the world. The fact that most people do not even see this is proof that he has in fact deceived the whole world with the exception of the elect. (Revelation 12:9, Matthew 24:24)
It is time for the body to stop compromising, to get back to the truth of the Word.