Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Last week I gave a number of quotations from Charles H. Spurgeon on the subject. Surely if it was a problem in his day, it is even more so in our day. In fact, I have never seen as much Spiritual Compromise as I am seeing now. I have seen people who were dedicated and separated in their walk with God, become Spiritual compromisers. Many of these very people have bemoaned the Spiritual compromise of others in times past. Some have even warned others of Spiritual compromise in the past only to become a compromiser themselves.
Spiritual compromise can reveal itself in several areas of life. For example, a person who had a strong stand for the inspiration and preservation of the Scriptures, holding to the KJB as God’s preserved word can compromise and take up one of the more modern versions. A person who held to a stand on the KJB and yet joined a Church that doesn’t hold that stand has compromised. I have even had some of those that have done so state they do not agree, yet they stay, and that is compromise. Some have defended themselves saying, “Preacher, I am strong on that and I am not going to change.” I have warned them that it is definitely going to confuse their children, and it has in every case.
Another area of Spiritual compromise is in the area of personal separation from the world. This includes where one goes; what one does; who one fellowships with, and how much like the world (the lost) a person becomes. If a person looks like the average lost person, it stands to reason they agree with the average lost person. No one can assume that person is a Christian, rather they would be more apt to assume that person is not a believer.
Spiritual compromise is dealt with in the Scriptures. One of the most pointed texts on the subject is 2 Cor. 6:1-18; 7:1 and in particular vs.11-18 which is a definite call to, “come out from among them and be ye separate.”
2 Thess. 3:6 states, “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” Vs. 14 states, “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.” Obviously, the one that does not obey is a professing Christian. Like it or not, our separation from disorderly brethren should make them ashamed. We should be afraid of offending God, however, many Christians will violate their convictions in order to keep from offending friends. This is exactly why many lost people go on in their lost condition and many carnal Christians go on in their rebellion against known, revealed truth. We cannot be salt and light unless we are different. Look at 1 Peter 4:4 “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” See verses 12-16
Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” We cannot be an example to others if we are like them.
It has been my experience that when a separated Christian compromises in one area, without fail, they compromise in other areas as well. It usually begins with one issue that is an excuse, but when the wall of separation is broken, the gate is open for Satan to get an advantage in other areas as well. One thing leads to another and another.
I close with 1 Peter 5:8-11 Please read.
To be continued.