LAGOS ANGLICAN DIOCESES BIBLE COLLEGE  (LABICO)

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EXAMPLES OF COMPROMISE

  • May 4, 2018

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF COMPROMISE:

  1. Some have changed their Christian names to Muslim names in order to get admission into higher institutions or obtain certain favour.
  2. When you impersonate somebody e.g. during examination. Or when you use another person’s certificate to secure a job or admission into higher institution so that, you are known as John Nduka at home but answer Abu Musa in your place of work or at school.
  3. Some have engaged in anti-Christian vices in order to get to the presidency, government house or occupy prominent positions in the society. Others have even openly renounced Christianity prior or after they must have gotten there.
  4. Inter-marriage between Christians and unbelievers is a very serious act of compromise. Some Christians have pushed aside God’s command in order to fulfil their worldly and carnal desires (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
  5. Making unbelievers your business partner instead of believers is nothing short of compromise.
  6. Abandoning sound Christian doctrine once professed e.g. covering of hair for women, Jezebelistic act of painting of nails, lips, eyes, nose, cheek, wearing of skimpy or mini-skirt by Christian sisters and barbing of worldly hair style and dressing by Christian brothers e.t.c.
  7. Neglecting Christian activities and justifying such costly actions with flimsy excuses or baseless argument.
  8. Sudden change of your Christian pattern of dressing to suit the ungodly pattern or fashion of this world.
  9. Choosing to watch a football match at the expense of Christian fellowship.
  10. Travelling to overseas countries with another person’s passbook, visa or other necessary travelling documents only to justify such a deceitful action.
  1. Consciously entering into a business deal with a fraudulent man, woman or group of persons e.g. 419 tricksters.
  1. Canvassing or seeking to be elected into a leadership or government position only to get there and begin to dance to the tune of the ungodly men and women there.
  1. Seeking the favour of political or religious god-fathers of questionable character in order to win election, get political appointment or promotion.
  1. Calling sin mistake, oversight or mere human weakness.
  2. Encouraging your wife to, husband, children or friends to be worldly and commit sin for economic gain.
  1. Calling truth lies or light darkness or refusing to speak out against evil when prompted by the Holy Spirit to do so, probably because of the fear of men.
  1. Giving or receiving of bribe.
  2. Lying or engaging in any sinful act, only to justify your action on the long run. Be it to “save” or “kill”, lie is lie. And Satan is the father of all liars (John 8:44).
  1. Collaborating with unscrupulous politicians or religious leaders hiding under the guise of religion because of monetary benefit to defraud or perpetrate injustice in the nation and Church.
  1. Engaging in cultural practices which tend to undermine God’s Word and and our Christian faith e.g. joining cultural dances or masquerade. Shaving of one’s hair for the dead, second or third so-called final burial after the dead has been buried months or years past, refusing to eat a particular food because of idolatrous or erroneous belief attached to it, joining unbelievers in parade or match pass during any of their religious ceremonies or festivals such as New yam festival, canoe regatta, wrestling among others too numerous to mention.
  1. Going to seek for the help of a native doctor or fortune-teller when sick or as a result of other problems of life.
  1. A married woman going to sleep with another man who is not her husband because she is looking for a child or seeking for the help of a native doctor or occult groups of anti-Christian organisation like the so-called white garment Churches.
  1. Twisting the Word of God to suit one’s selfish motive e.g. for monetary and material gain or in order to accommodate one’s sin.
  1. Using a friend or relation or part of your own body to make money.
  2. Consciously giving a wrong information or data about yourself or another person in order to get certain favour.
  1. Seeking to mix Christianity with other religion. Such statement as: “Christianity and Islam is one and the same religion, and their followers are serving the same God,” is misleading and a lie from the pit of Hell. Liberal and ignorant preachers who have even dared to make such statement on television screen or radio programme, needed to be told that such is an error. They are compromisers. Sooner or later, they will pay for their sinful acts of deception unless they repent.
  1. Seeking for Alhajis and Alhajas or unbelievers only when it comes to the issue of fund raising and launching in the Church and justifying such action with isolated Bible references taken and interpreted out of context.

All of the above and others too numerous to mention, are great sins in the sight of God Almighty. They are brought about primarily by the compromising attitude of believers today. The irony of it all, is that such people may even be shouting the loudest name of Jesus, Amen or Hallelujah in the Church. God is not seeking for compromisers but for those who will shun the Devil and all that comes from him, no matter how captivating they may appear to be.

The pertinent question now is, can you separate doctrinal wheat from the shaft? Don’t be seduced by persuasive delivery – check the content. Pray for discerning Spirit because a great number of things we attribute to God and the working power of the Holy Spirit in the Church today are nothing but falsehood and mere deception. Sin is being tolerated in some Churches while we are shouting daily about the power of God evidenced by the falling down and getting up of countless people (majority of whom remain unconverted or carnally minded), time and again in our crusades and revival meetings. Jars of oil are being wasted on heads of obstinate sinners by blind ministers all in the name of anointing for one form of breakthrough or the other. God have mercy! Thank God Jesus Christ alone will be the judge of all soonest both at his judgement seat for believers (1Corinthians 5:10) and at the white throne judgement for unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15).

It is important we put an end to whatever we would not be able to defend before his glorious presence on the last day. God does not move in a life that has refused to release his or her grip off sin. Never be tempted to say God is moving when mortal men are moving in deceit. It is time to come out of our compromising lives as Christians.

Beloved, the issue of our faith in Christ and the basis of Christianity is undebatable. God’s Word has put a final nail on it once and for all. Time, event or circumstances cannot change it. True Christians of all ages – past, present and future, are people of integrity who do not compromise their faith, unpleasant circumstances notwithstanding. The great question is: will believers of this era succeed or fail? We are to decide for God individually. But then, let us re-consider the following stern and authentic scriptural passages.

“But though we, or angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and I exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude3).

“…if I come again I will not spare” (2Corinthians 13:2).

God will never spare unrepentant sinners or men of crooked ways in his Church. You cannot bring light and darkness together without expecting a reaction. Therefore repent before it is too late for you. As for you who is already a believer, what is that thing, that is trying to make you compromise? Is it money? Women, men or your desire to succeed in life? Your faith in Christ, is too precious to compromise. Not even for the whole wealth, riches and pleasures of this world. No wonder Apostle Paul said: “But none of these things move me” (Acts 20:24).

“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20). “Then Peter and other Apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Let me make haste to inform you dear reader that God does not reward success or fame. What he rewards is faithfulness (1Corinthians 4:2). You have not broken any law, not guilty of any offence, if you are not wealthy or rich before you die. Wealth and riches can, and should be immensely satisfying when it serves the higher goal of supporting one’s loved ones, brethren in the Lord, the work of God and oneself. But the mere restless desire to be wealthy-for-money’s-sake, pure materialism, is sterile, a veiled suicide wish. Your faith in Christ is too precious to compromise.

Yes indeed, when it comes to matters relating to our blessed faith and belief in Jesus Christ, there is no room for compromise. The fundamentals or basis of the Christian faith cannot be compromised. It has to be contended or fought for with all spiritual armour and military artilleries at our disposal. Beloved, if you die by the Word, you will live by the Lord.

 

Culled from Uncompromising Christians in a Compromising World