EXAMPLES OF THOSE THAT STOOD FOR CHRIST UNCOMPROMISINGLY
July 9, 2018
BIBLICAL AND HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF THOSE THAT STOOD FOR CHRIST UNCOMPROMISINGLY
When viewed dispensationally, the history of the Church cannot be said to be that of total failure devoid of success even at her darkest moment. God had and will always keep for Himself faithful remnants. There have been countless courageous Christians of strong principle and faith who refused to be manipulated by secular humanistic elite, machinery set up by tyrannous governmental organizations world-wide, the papacy and ecclesiastical hierarchical order of vain religious organizations and leaders. The heroic history of the Church as we have it today, would have been non-existent without such people and their godly contributions.
Let us consider the Biblical and historical examples.
BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF THOSE THAT STOODFOR CHRIST UNCOMPROMISINGLY
There are many pious Bible characters who meant business with God so much so, that they completely turned their back on anything or person capable of pulling them back. Such people never hesitated to say No to anyone or authority that placed demands that could make them undermine the truth of God’s Word.
Noah lived at a time when the whole world was overwhelmed by sin. They knew nothing about righteousness and adamantly refused to obey God’s plea for them to repent. Noah however experienced what it meant to be different from other people. God commanded him to build a huge boat in the middle of dry land and although God’s command seemed foolish, he obeyed. His obedience made him appear strange to his people, yet he maintained his ground. He said No, to the world and the “prince of the world” and held firmly and solely unto God. In the end, only him and his family (eight of them) were saved from God’s wrath (Gen 6:8 and Chapter 8). It is certain that only those that refuse to romance with the devil, the world and the flesh would be saved.
Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons refused to compromise his faith right from childhood to the day he died and this made him pass through many bitter experiences. He was sold into Egypt by his jealous brothers (Gen. 37). In Egypt, he refused to have sexual inter-course with his mater’s wife who was not only out to seduce but force him into that act of fornication – a thing many so-called Christians today would have seen as an opportunity that must not be allowed to slip by. Hear his godly counsel to that adulterous wife of his master. “But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he had committed all that he hath into my hand; there is no greater in this house than I, neither hath he kept back anything from me buy thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:8-9).
Joseph saw sin in its true light. To him, sin was against God not man. While others regard sexual immorality (adultery and fornication) as a mere “mistake or extramarital affairs”, Joseph viewed it as “this great wickedness”. He lived for many years in an unhealthy environment with nothing to encourage his faith, yet he remained true to the Lord. From the age of 17 to 30 (Gen. 37:2, 41:46) his life was full of trials. He always did the right thing, but it always seemed to get him into trouble, yet he never complained nor felt bitter against God or man.
Whne promoted to become the second in command in Egypt, he survived the toughest test of all that is, prosperity. Success and power as you know, is highly seductive and can make people drunk with pride. Joseph’s head was not turned by exaltation. The success and prosperity of his latter days never got into his head any day until he died. That indeed is a living faith. For faith does not compromise the truth of God’s Word. Faith means trusting God and doing what He wants, regardless of the circumstances.
Jeremiah was mercilessly beaten and thrown into the dungeon not just once, because of his uncompromising message and stand for the Lord (Jer. 37:15-16, Jer. 32:2-5, 38:7). He had so much bitter experiences that he not only cursed but regretted being born at all into this world of wickedness, deceit and sorrow (Jer. 15:10). A little wonder why most Bible scholars call him “the weeping prophet”. Although is is not easy to hold unto God faithfully for one or two years without seeing the fruit of one’s labour and not waver in faith. But Jeremiah held unto God to the end. He preached consistently and uncompromisingly for more than twenty three years without and Church member or convert (Jer. 25:3). Tertullians says that this prophet of many sorrows was stoned to death by the Jews in Egypt. But according to the Jews, he was said to have escaped to Babylon and died there after a ministry that found little or no response.
Prophet Isaiah also had a similar experience as described above because of his unwavering stand for the truth of God’s Word. How did he die? He was said to have been placed in the hollowed trunk of a tree, and then “sawn asunder”. He died at the age of 120 years after sixty years of ministry.
Micaiah was a prophet of outstanding firmness in declaring the absolute truth of God’s Word. He bluntly refused to compromise God’s message at a time when virtually all other prophets of God were prophesying lies. As a result, he was hated, put in prison and given both bread and water of affliction to eat and drink. His statement to both Ahab the wicked and corrupt king od Israel and his messenger who urged him to prophesy lie like every other prophet of his days earlier consulted before coming to him, Micaiah has this to say: “And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak” (I Kings 22:28). It eventually happened as this uncompromising prophet said because if you read further, you will discover that Ahab did not return alive from that battle.
The beautiful but challenging story of the sons of Rechab, otherwise known as the Rechabites who refused to compromise the godly instruction given them by their father not to take strong (alcoholic) drink, was not only commended but rewarded by God Almighty (jer. 35). They obediently stood their ground even though their father was dead. They refused to listen to any contrary message said to have come from God who they believed also directed their father to give them such godly instruction. Not even Jeremiah the most truthful prophet and mouth piece of God of their time could change their mind to do otherwise, that is to take strong drink. God does not contradict Himself. It is we that do.
Apostle Paul was not only an uncompromising teacher and preacher of the glorious Gospel of Christ, but of vital personal belief which are Biblically based and could make us appear as hypocrites to the outside world if undermined. Although Peter was his senior in the ministry, he had to openly but lovingly rebuke him in Antioch, when the former exhibited the slightest element of compromise. This is the way the bible puts it in (Gal. 2:11-14). “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed …..”
The truth of God’s Word should not be compromised no matter who is involved. If we feel we have to change our Christian belief to match those of our companions or culture, we are on dangerous ground. But for space and time constraints, we could possibly go on and on with more Biblical examples of people who treasured their faith in Christ above all the alluring and captivating pomps, glories, challenges or threats of this deceitful and wicked world.
HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF THOSE THAT STOOD FOR CHRIST UNCOMPROMISINGLY
“History is made of ideas, and ideas are power” says Frank Schaeffer. That which is today, will tomorrow became history. The Bible itself is more than story. It deals with trustworthy facts. The Bible is a spiritual as well as a historical book. God honours historically authentic facts that honour or seek to promote the truth of His Word.
The early Church faced unpleasant situation, both from the Roman Government and man-made regulations and religions. Jewish Christians were rounded up and put in prison as well as put to death. In order to escape these principalities, the early Church was scattered and the wrath of man brought glory to God as the witnesses reached to the “Religion Beyond”. The Roman Government gave its citizens a choice of bowing down to their idols, or be thrown into the arena of lion to be torn asunder.
As the gospel spread among the nations, so the persecution multiplied. Often times the Bible was deprived and forbidden to be read by other than a set group called the clergy. The printing of the Word of God was also forbidden, with the penalty of death if tempted to do so. Only an elementary study of “Church History” is enough to acquaint any sincere or earnest student with scores od Saints who were tortured or burned as a result of their resolute faith in Christ by these false principalities. These martyrs behind the pages of history were defenders of the faith in spite of the wicked principalities that existed for almost 2,000 years.
Culled from Uncompromising Christians in a Compromising World