I think the biggest danger American Christians face today–maybe the biggest danger Christians everywhere face–is glaring in our faces. However, I’m not sure we recognize it for what it is.
That danger is simply compromise.
I've been tempted to compromise. I'm sure you have too. Pressure to compromise comes from every side, like from:
- Recent Supreme Court decisions;
- the pressure to be politically correct;
- Even peer pressure from hateful people who insist upon tolerance–but only tolerance for what they believe, and no tolerance for what you believe.
Compromise. It seems innocent and masquerades as loving.
But it's not. In fact, compromising is one of the most unloving and hateful things we could do.
Because whether we compromise or not, the truth is still the truth is still the truth, and every person is going to answer for it one day.
And Jesus Christ–the Word became flesh–is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The truth is that there is only one God. He has only one Son, Jesus Christ. And there is no salvation, and no way to Heaven, except through the blood of Jesus Christ.
The truth also is that there is such a thing as the Word of God.
It’s called the Bible, and it is inerrant and infallible. It is perfect in every way and contains God’s personal message to all of humanity.
The Word of God does not change and never has. It wavers not in the face of debate, opinions, or political correctness. As it says in Psalm 19:
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:7-10).
But Christians today are being told to be quiet.
Christians are being told:
- That there are many gods, many ways to heaven, and that all religions are one.
- That God is in everything, and you can worship anything you want; and it’s all the same god.
- That you can do anything you want to do, as long as it makes you happy; and that all lifestyles should be embraced.
- That sin is nonexistent, and the only accountability we have is to one’s personal idea of happiness and fulfillment.
And all of these things are lies.
All religions are not the same. There is only one way to Heaven. God’s Word is true. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Anything that goes against the character, perfection, and original design of God Himself is sin; and sin, if not forgiven and covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, will cost you your life.
The fact is that one day, you will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and you will give an account for the way you have lived your life.
And if you are found guilty of even one sin for which you have not trusted in Jesus’ blood to cover and bring you forgiveness, you will get the enjoyment of spending eternity burning in a lake of fire which shall never be quenched.
You may not like this fact, but it is still fact. You and I and everyone we know will give an account to God.
But modern society does not want to acknowledge this. And so people will tell you that, because they do not want to believe in Jesus Christ, that you should not either. That since they do not want to believe, your belief in the truth is invalid.
And the message is being communicated loud and clear: they want you to compromise.
Dear Christian: Resist. Don’t compromise.
This doesn’t mean we don’t love people who are in sin. We MUST love.
This also doesn’t mean we condemn others for their sin; condemnation never reached anybody. It’s the GOODNESS of God that draws men to repentance.
But we MUST stand firm. We must hold on to the truths of God’s Word–all of them.
We cannot surrender to the pressure of society to fit in, to be politically correct when “correctness” means sacrificing the truth of God’s Word. We cannot act like everything is ok. We cannot get on political bandwagons that do not line up with the Word of God.
The truth is:
Abortion is murder; it is sin. Homosexuality is sin. There is forgiveness for all these things through the blood of Jesus Christ, but they are still sins.
There is only one God: Yahweh, Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel. He has one, only begotten Son: Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man can come to the Father but by Him.
This is the truth. It is the truth which has been proven by history; by signs, wonders, and miracles; by radical change in the hearts of men, women, and children who believe; and by the blood of thousands of people who have given their lives to share, protect, and defend this truth.
This is the truth of Jesus Christ, Who alone has the only Name in Heaven or on earth given among men, by which men must be saved.
This is the truth of Jesus Christ, who saves, heals, and delivers.
This is the truth of Jesus Christ, who is the Father to the fatherless, the Helper of the helpless, the Defender of the widows.
This is the truth of Jesus Christ, the Name above every name, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us so that we could behold His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father.
This is the truth. Jesus Christ is the truth. He is the Word of God, and there can be no compromise.
Have you been tempted to compromise in the face of cultural pressure? Does this message speak to your heart today? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!