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First of all, it should be understood that a person must have had some convictions in order to have Spiritual compromise. Compromise always involves a position held from which a persons moves away. So, we are not dealing with those who never held to a position. We are dealing with those who confessed and professed to believe certain things and hold to a practice of life from which they moved. Standards of dress would be one of the more glaring examples of Spiritual compromise. Some have never held to certain standards of dress different from the world. They have not moved from a position. They just never held the position. Spiritual compromise requires that the person held to a position of separation from the world in the area of dress. What I am showing here is that there is a difference between being liberal and being a Spiritual compromiser.
Those who defend their “change” must admit at least one of two things: (1.) They were wrong all along in the past, or (2.) They are wrong at the present.
What are the implications and repercussions involved in Spiritual compromise?
- The first implication is that the person’s Spiritual discernment was in question because, right or wrong, how could a dedicated Christian be wrong so long?
- Another implication is that a person can get closer to God by getting closer to the world. Many Spiritual compromisers will become “accusers…despisers of those that are good.” 2 Tim. 3:3 Many times, the compromising person will become self-conscious of the difference and accuse those who have not compromised of being “holier than thou.” They become acutely aware of every facial expression and often read into it something that simply is not there. Understand here that I do not defend a person with a “holier than thou attitude.”
- Another implication is that a person who still holds to a standard of separation from the world, does not love people and is judgmental. Let me give an example. Some Christians will not attend movies and will not allow their children to go to movies, yet when they kindly refuse to go or allow their children to go, many times, it is turned into and accusation of being judgmental…in other words, an accusation that the inviting person is committing sin by going.
- Another implication is that the world is correct and the Bible-believing Preacher and Bible-believing Church is wrong. (Reminds me of Ex 32:26, “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”)
What are the repercussions?
- The first repercussion is to lose testimony with those who knew the compromiser’s life and testimony previously. Many times, the compromiser’s ability to witness to lost friends and loved ones is deadened and at least dulled. They may now think you were wrong before and you may now be wrong on other things as well. They may also wonder what you will change on next. It breeds instability before those who once knew your life.
- Secondly, if there are children involved, the compromise may bring them to other areas of Spiritual weakness as well. For example, back to the movies. Whereas their minds before were not accustomed to hearing and seeing things like cursing and sexual impurities, now they are deadened to them and even influenced by them. What many Spiritual compromisers have not realized is the progression of the compromise. I have seen many Christians lose their children to the world because of Spiritual compromise. JUST REMEMBER THIS: “IN MOST CASES, WHAT PARENTS DO IN MODERATION, THEIR CHILDREN WILL DO IN EXCESS!”
- The third and last thing I mention as a repercussion is the most important. All Spiritual compromise results in a loss of discernment, and this explains why Spiritual compromise never ends with the original compromise. The first compromise is when the gate is unlocked, and each succeeding compromise opens the gate wider and wider for the devil to have greater and greater influence and access to the person and those within his or her circle of influence.
Pr 24:21 “My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:”