According to the New Webster’s English language Dictionary of Lexicon International, Publishers Guide Group, New York, the world compromise is defined as: “Method of reaching agreement in a dispute, by which each side surrenders something that it wants; an agreement to reach a course of action intermediate between extremes. A placing in jeopardy, a compromise of one’s integrity. To settle a dispute by compromise, or bring into danger or under suspicion or expose to loss of reputation.”1
The word compromise brings opposing persons or group of persons or things to the point of agreement. It is the act of coming into terms by people or persons who previously had differences or divided opinion. In this sense, it means not keeping firmly to a particular attitude, policy etc. but rather yielding to that of another with a view to bringing about peace and mutual understanding. More importantly and in the light of this writing, it means a double standard game or acting in such a way and manner as to evoke danger, suspicion, scandal, discredit or engaging in shady acts that could expose one to loss of reputation. It indicates a wavering attitude in which a person looks first one way, then the other. It portrays a deceitful attitude of dual commitment to both light and darkness. Compromise takes a little here and a little there. Therefore, compromise means speaking the truth in deceitful manner. It is he mixture of truth and lie. This book will focus primarily on this second definition which is purely negative and other related issues.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE A COMPROMISING LIFE AS A BELIEVER?
A believer could be said to live a compromising life when he or she goes into terms of agreement either by the way he live, behave, speak, dress or in fact conduct his entire life with the Devil or his agents. It is holding loosely your faith in Christ and yielding to the Devil or is agents or both. This may include telling a lie to promote your business interest or even to “save a life,” taking alcoholic drinks, speaking good of someone who is doing evil probably because you lack the courage to confront him or her or perhaps too familiar with such a person that offend him or loose economic gain, giving or receiving of bribe and other illicit and corrupt practices that are incongruous with biblical principles.
Compromise is a great sin in the sight of God because it denies God, dishonours Him, undermines His Word and glorifies the Devil. As Christians, we are expected to be the uncompromising enemy of Satan who is the arch-enemy of God and our soul. We are not to co-orporate or compromise with Satan, his agents or any form of sin or ungodliness. Learn always to tell the Devil and sin off.
THE NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE ASPECTS OF COMPROMISE
Before concluding this chapter, I do not want you to get the wrong impression that the word “Compromise” is a taboo or all evil without anything good. Interestingly, there is a good aspect of compromise that we are all expected to display every day. Both the positive and negative aspects of compromise have somehow been portrayed in my twofold definition of the word above. However, for the purpose of clarity, the highlights are as follows:
THE POSITIVE ASPECT
Sincerely speaking, every one of us had at one time or the other reasons to compromise. Without compromise, there will be anarchy in the world every minute of the day. Life is full of that blessed act of give and take which promotes peace and harmony. For instance, how would the world look, if everyone pushed, pushes back. The person bullied, replied back aggressively. Everyone slapped immediately sends back a blow to the one who slapped him or her. Or when everyone that lost his property to armed bandits or whose relation was killed, immediately retaliates. What about when couples become so selfish and self-centred that they refuse to give in to each other. That marriage of course will not last. The list can be endless. Hell will break loose on earth. But thank God we do not always resist or contend with people; hence we are able to enjoy some measure of peace in this seemingly insane world. In addition to promoting peace, believers carry out acts of compromise in order to promote godliness as well.
In this regard, both Christians and non-believers alike do compromise and it is good for harmonious living. Believers however uphold this not just to exhibit high moral standard, virtue or ethics but because they are told to do so by the Lord (Matthew 5:39, Romans 12:17). Not returning evil for evil is a compromising act that promotes peace, unity and glorifies God. This is what the Lamp and Light Ministries in Farmington U.S.A, call the doctrine of “Non-resistance.”2
THE NEGATIVE ASPECT
The negative aspect of compromise is mainly the aspect this book is concerned about. This aspect seeks to bring together or enter into terms of agreement with both God and Satan; Angels of the Lord and Demons; Truth and Falsehood; Christians and Unbelievers. This type of compromise exposes believers to grave danger, suspicion, scandal, discredit and loss of reputation.
It is important to note, that God and Satan or any of the above mentioned opposing forces cannot be married together without expecting a reaction. The negative aspect of compromise therefore, is the mixture or marriage of truth and falsehood or Christianity and other religious belief, theories and philosophy. Compromise is negative in the sense that, it reduces God Almighty and our Lord Jesus Christ to the level of His creature and shares God’s exclusive power, glory and honour with things and people He created. God has declared that He is not ready to share His glory with anyone or object of His creation. He demands total and wholesome allegiance from us.
“I am the Lord; that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).
“No man can serve two masters…ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Allegiance shared between God and other people or things is a compromise in its negative form and it will make you an enemy of God. Our total and ultimate love, worship and service is what God wants from us. No more, no less.
The uncompromising path may not be the easiest path but it is the only one that will get you to your God-given destiny. One author of repute once wrote: “No man can for any considerable time wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is the true one.”3
The Word of God says: “The lip of truth shall be established forever. But a lying tongue is but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19). Whether it is your business, your marriage or your ministry, if it is built to last; it must be built on single minded Christian integrity. Every day, you have one choice or the other to make; either you bend God’s principles to conform to your actions or you bend your actions to conform to the standard of God. Any time you compromise your Christian integrity, you do yourself an incredible amount of damage here and hereafter.
Religion no doubt has become a universal phenomenon practiced in different forms by different peoples all over the world. But Christianity in reality is more than a religion. It is the life of someone – Jesus Christ in us. It is said of him, and no other religious leader of the world that: “He is not here: (that is, in the grave) for He is risen, as He said. Come and see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:6). Hence you cannot be a true Christian and Muslim at the same time. Neither can you practice Christianity and Shintoism simultaneously. It will equally be an effort in futility, no matter how sincere to worship Hindu or Ogun the god of iron or Arushin deity of the African Traditional Religion alone side with Yahweh – Jehovah, the “Almighty God,” “Sovereign Lord,” “Creator,” “the Most High” and “Ancient of days” God of the Christians (Isaiah 42:8; 54:5; Daniel 7:9). Syncretism is not part of God’s plan of salvation for mankind.
It is certainly true that compromise is an important element in getting along with others, but we should never compromise the truth of God’s Word. If we feel we have our Christian beliefs to match those of our companions, the world or our culture, we are on dangerous ground.
Culled from Uncompromising Christians in a Compromising World