Apr 16, 2018
Compromise. It has always been a potential danger for the child of God. And compromise almost always takes a subtle form. It’s rarely blatant and obvious. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, our disobedience tends to be appear more like a form of clarification of the truth. Satan led Eve to compromise by questioning the word of God. He slyly asked her, “Did God actually say?” And she took the bait. She opened herself up to his deceptive reasoning. And the next thing she heard from the enemy was, “You will not surely die.” Satan flat-out denied the word of God. And he caused Eve to doubt God. In Revelation 2:12-17, Jesus addresses the church in Pergamum, and His primary bone of contention with this local fellowship is their spirit of compromise. Some within the church had allowed their convictions to cave in and they ended up selling out. But Jesus calls the rest of the church to remain faithful and true. He encourages them conquer, not compromise. And He lets them know that those who endure to the end can expect a more-than-adequate reward for their efforts. Compromise is nothing more than a selling out of what you say you believe and a selling short of the promises of God. Rather than take God at His Word, we listen to the lies of the enemy and settle for his offer of blessings without obedience, contentment without conviction, and fulfillment without faithfulness.