Is the word of God being compromised for the sake of unity? Or some other noble ideal? Is the ‘whole’ tolerating the compromise of ’some’ to preserve ‘peace’?
Compromise or Stand Firm?
From Rev Heather Butler
Ever wondered about the word compromise, I have this week, wondering what it really means when we say that if we cant come into agreement then we compromise, all sounds rather amicable and sensible, but, wait a minate, lets look at that word again.
If something has been compromised it means infiltrated by another party you get the picture. So lets split the word up, there are three parts to it, co which equals more than one person, the m in the middle which we will call me and promise. So now there are two people with one promise that has to be watered down and broken, because one wants to honour it and the other wants to change it, so now the promise is compromised.
See how easily the enemy can creep in, its subtle isnt it, we take the word of God just as satan did in the garden, he speaks and says to Eve “did God really say that” giving her the excuse that she wanted to continue in her quest to bite the fruit, the rest is history. That sneaky snake is still at it today, enabling the church to compromise the word of God to fit in with their thoughts rather than what God really thinks.
Its worth being reminded that no matter who we are, the word says what it says, that God is the same yesterday today and forever, he changeth not, like Eve we are offered a compromise. Serious stuff and food for thought. Night God bless everyone.
Proverbs 25:26 AMP … Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.
From NetBible Pr 25:26
- “to stamp; to tread; to foul by treading [or, by stamping].” BDB 952 s.v. defines it here as a “fountain befouled.” The picture is one of a spring of water where men and beasts gather and muddy it by their trampling in and out of it.
- “to give way; to move.” This probably refers to the integrity of the righteous being lost – comparing it to moving [off course]. T. T. Perowne writes, “To see a righteous man moved from his steadfastness through fear or favour in the presence of the wicked is as disheartening as to find the stream turbid and defiled at which you were longing to quench your thirst” (Proverbs, 161). But the line may refer to the loss of social standing and position by the righteous due to the plots of the wicked – just as someone muddied the water, someone made the righteous slip from his place.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 NASB … Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
John 14:23 … Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
Isaiah 7:9 NIV … If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.
From NetBible Is 7:9
- MSG … If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.
- the Lord here addresses the entire Davidic family and court. (Verse 4 was addressed to the king.) There is a wordplay in the Hebrew text, designed to draw attention to the alternatives set before the king (cf.1:20). “Believe” (תַאֳמִינוּ, ta’aminu) is a Hiphil form of the verbאָמָן (’aman); “endure” (תֵאָמֵנוּ, te’amenu) is a Niphal form of this same verb.
There are only 2 choices:
Stand firm in your faith and endure
Don’t stand(compromise) and fall
Rebel and be devoured by the sword
From NetBible Is1:19-20
- The wordplay in the Hebrew draws attention to the options. The people can obey, in which case they will “eat” v. 19 (תֹּאכֵלוּ [to’khelu], Qal active participle of אָכַל) God’s blessing, or they can disobey, in which case they will be devoured (Heb “eaten,” תְּאֻכְּלוּ, [tÿ’ukkÿlu], Qal passive/Pual of אָכַל) by God’s judgment.
Revelation 2:12-17 … Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in *Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:
13 I know where you live–a place where Satan sits enthroned. [Yet] you are clinging to and holding fast My name, and you did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed (martyred) in your midst–where Satan dwells. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people there who are clinging to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to set a trap and a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, [to entice them] to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and to practice lewdness [giving themselves up to sexual vice]. 15 You also have some who in a similar way are clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans [those corrupters of the people] which thing I hate. 16 Repent [then]! Or else I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
17 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.
From NetBible Rev2:12
|For the sake of unity the whole tolerate some and compromise the Word. Perhaps the high tower is unity – unity without truth is an idol and myth!
It’s better to stand alone with the truth, than to be united in error with the multitude!
Married to the ‘High Tower’