C O M P R O M I S E
Two years ago, my family and I traveled from Abuja to Ibadan on a chartered vehicle, as we got to a particular Police Checking point; the Police officer stopped the vehicle and asked the driver for his particulars, on checking his papers he said the vehicle’s tinted glass permit is old and he did not have the new paper. The driver appealed to him but the Police officer refused, asked us to driver to Police station and we stayed there for about 2 hours. The driver begged the police officer, but he demanded money in form of bribe of N5000. All what the police officer was asking and waiting for was the bribe. Other drivers the police officers arrested for the same offence were giving the bribe. My wife and children were not comfortable in the hot weather, we left Abuja early so as to avoid delay on the road, but here we are inside hot sun. After some times, I went to the police officer and asked him what he wanted the driver to do, he was talking of giving bribe and said if the driver was not ready, I should help to pay the bribe. Other police officers told me that I should go and talk with the driver, that if we don’t give the bribe we would stay there till night, that the driver will just delay us unnecessarily, that I should consider my children suffering inside the sun.
I went to the driver and told him never give the bribe that we should wait still. I was considering of going to the nearest town to get another vehicle. Later the police officers asked for N1000, but I told the driver never to give it. And later it came to my mind to call a radio presenter/human right activist in Abuja maybe he could help. After talking with him on phone, he sent the phone number of DPRO of Police headquarters in Abuja to me, and I called the man. Within a short time, the DPO of the Police station came out, begging and apologizing to us to leave. I was like “What if I had compromised and given bribe to the police?” At the end, God intervened and I did not lose my salvation because of the delay. We got to Ibadan safely.
Compromise! What is compromise? Compromise is going against the Word and will of God as a result of internal and external pressure, what people will say, and because of personal profit, pleasure, punishment, persecution or position. Call to compromise is a common occurrence in Christian living, but compromising is a personal decision to run into enemy’s trap and waste God’s grace and mercy.
As a dedicated child of God who has experienced genuine salvation, you will come across situation where you will either stand for the Word of God or compromise with the world.
COMMON SENSE CHRISTIANS ARE COMPROMISING CHRISTIANS
“Everybody is doing it, and why not you? Why do you want to be different from all other Christian?” These are some of the questions that will fly in, but your stand should be, “Others may…, but I will not” Situations prove our love and commitment to God. Satan may allow you to put several effort in a project, a lot of time in a relationship, and when you are almost through, there will be a sinful demand; at this point, you will either stand for God’s word to let everything go or you compromise and let God go out of your life.
Sinful requests or demands come in marital relationship, in business, at workplace, for job application, for contact application, for travelling; to lie, to cheat, to bribe, to change age, to change figure or document, to commit premarital sex, fornication or adultery, to fall short of God’s standard. At that point, you will either stand for holiness or compromise your Christian faith.
Many Christians are compromising God’s standard when pressures come on them, “For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.” Matthew 13:21. These compromising Christians are the majority in Christianity of today, because of pressure of people, persecution or punishment of people, profit from people, pleasure of life, and position. Among these common Christians are pastors, Evangelists, prophets and bishops; they don’t see anything wrong in some sinful and worldly activities so as to get along with the world.
Those Christians who compromise God’s standard apply their common sense instead of God’s word. At the end of your life here on earth, God will not judge you by your common sense or by the reasons of your common pastors or Christians, but by the scriptures which never change. Your common sense cannot walk with God, but only by God’s word we can walk with God.
You knew it was a sin, you heard it was a sin and you said it was a sin, but along the way as Satan mounted up pressure within and without, then you began to reason and see nothing wrong in it. You don’t want to lose it and start again, you don’t want your spouse to reject you, you don’t want your parents to disown you, you don’t want to lose your job, certificate, money and the golden opportunity, and so you want to apply common sense and the advice of common Christians. If you compromise, you have allowed Satan to prevail over your life.
Compromise really means deciding to please men and displease God instead, it means fearing men more than God, and it’s saying, “I better sin against God instead of sinning against man” Is it not a mistake and stupidity for a man to choose to displease his Creator because of fellow creatures? When you compromise God’s Word and will, you miss God’s special program for your life, you allow Satan to prevail and you become a big looser at the end, though you may look smart initially.
For every compromise there is a consequence, it is Satan deception that makes a child of God to compromise God’s standard of holiness. When a child of God compromises, he misses God’s purpose for his life on earth, the Holy Spirit departs from him and his name is removed from the Book of Life. Such a Christian is exposed to satanic attacks because compromise is like using one’s hand to break the hedge of God’s protection and thereby allow satanic serpent to attack. “And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.” Ecclesiastes 10:8. Such a Christian can suffer severe lost, premature death and eternal damnation in hell fire.
COME WHAT MAY!
After you surrender your life to Jesus, never compromise God’s standard with anyone, come what may. Do not trade your salvation for anything or with any one. Do not compromise with the common Christians and churches, and never allow the pressure, persecution or profit of this temporal world to deceive you into compromise. If you have compromised before, you need urgent repentance and retrace your way back. Satan is waiting at your point of compromise to strike your soul down, and there may never be a second chance. Come what may, never compromise into sin!
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank.” Daniel 1:8
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18.
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