I do not doubt (maybe to much of an assumption but I’ll go with it) that most people would agree that there is a difference between coming to a compromise and making a compromise. Although in the today’s culture it appears that the two contexts are used or heard synonymously.
The former context suggest that parties of some sort have come to a type of settlement after subjecting themselves to mutual concessions. In other words, the two sides of an agreement have given and taken in order to come to an agreement that would benefit the two.
The latter context is a concession of character, integrity, or some other vital attribute that defines a person, persons or an organization. It is a given over or given in to something or someone to the demise of the one compromising.
Recently, in my garden time with the Lord, He has had me in three main places. They are: Leviticus, The Prophets, and 2 Timothy. In Leviticus there is the description of the Law the sacrifices and the actionable items of the priests of God. In the Prophets there are the several oracles of coming judgment to the people of God, the surrounding nations as well as globally. Lastly in 2 Timothy there is the overarching themes of loyalty to sound doctrine, the surety of suffering for the gospel, and remaining submitted to the will of God in light of the suffering.
Leviticus, with all of its laws, offering types and requirements, descriptions of acceptable worship and the necessity of being ‘clean’ before the Lord (to name just of few of its contents) express to its readers the proper way to approach a Holy God. It is God’s directions on how to approach Him. Which would indicate there is a right and acceptable way and a wrong and unacceptable way (Lev. 10:1-3). There was no room for compromise (in either of the contexts I have written).
As I stated above the Prophets spoke about the coming judgement on the people of God (as well as others). This judgement was due to their compromise of the Laws of God. What seems to be a very central point is that Israel and Judah compromised who God called them to be and drank the cup of compromise based on the culture of their time. They served the gods of that culture as so many professing believers do today.
In 2 Timothy Paul reminds Timothy that the one that keeps guard of sound doctrine does not need to be ashamed of that testimony since it comes from the One who enlisted him in the army, Christ Jesus. The masses of followers follow a Jesus dressed in the chaos of this cultural’s “progression”. Several branches are spiritually cross-dressing and passing off the gender specificity in earthly life an leadership ordained by God as an archaic and unintelligible approach to the Living Word.
The Cup of Compromise is not being sipped on my the people of God, but they (the people of God) have become the greatest of bootleggers in the distribution of this purple concoction. We see it in how we mimic the world. In mimicking we are indeed imitating. I for some reason remember reading that we are to imitate Christ not the world.
For example, so many of our beloved “gospel” artist have no more of the gospel in their music than any of their secular counterparts. Here is a thought: if you want to do secular music do that, if not don’t dress Jesus in culture for the sake of airplay. For many people these “inspirational” play lists are “blessings”. Hey I like some of the songs too; however, it is not gospel. Let me state it this way: Inspiration does not have in it the words of life leading to salvation; ONLY the Gospel has that. They may help us get through, but getting through is one thing, Victory is altogether different!
I am sure there will be some that read this and consider that I am critical and will probably begin quoting Matt. 7 (one of the compromise drinkers favorite passages), however, I will give a warning for those that operate in the sphere of non-criticalness (I may have just made a new word). But let me first state this, if I am critical (and I believe I am), my criticisms are saturated in the compassion of scripture.
Now, a world without criticism (especially criticism as given in the word of God) is a world without Light. We often see God in His grace and mercy without receiving that He is also just, righteous and Holy. We often miss scriptures of chastening and reprimand, or disregard them, exchanging them for only the grace and love verses (which mind you are just as true and valid). Remember this: No divinely inspired scripture outweighs, trumps, or in any way disregards any other inspired scripture. That means it all works together.
Yes God is a God of love but His perfect love is accomplished because He is Holy. In other words, He perfectly loves because He is first in essence Holy. — I will have to go a bit deeper into this in another post —
We are called to holiness as God deems holiness not as defined by man. We can not afford to be ignorant of proper understanding of His word. We must be careful of the one that says, “God says” and “I am being led by the Holy Spirit” when the words that they are saying are no where confirmed in the Word of God…