Overcoming Sin through Christ: Compromise

  Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Compromise

Are you a compromiser?  Is compromise good or bad?  Actually, compromise can be either.  Compromise may be defined as “a settlement of differences by mutual adjustment or modification or opposing claims, principles, demands, etc.; agreement by mutual concession.”[1]

Compromise can be a positive quality when we are willing to come to agreement with someone who has a different view from us, if the issue is of no consequence or if it is a matter of opinion.  If someone wants to meet us at 7 PM and we would prefer 7:30 PM, and there are no moral, Scriptural, or wisdom issues involved, we should be willing to acquiesce to the person’s wishes—or, on occasion, we could agree to meet at 7:15 PM. 

Hundreds of illustrations could be given.  In the first century, Paul probably needed to compromise on many occasions.  If God had not revealed where the apostle was to visit and preach, he probably was willing to change his plans on the town, the time to stay, and other variables.  Compromise is the way of peace: “Live in peace with one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:13).  It is also the way of love: “Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).

On the other hand, compromise often is negative and must be avoided if the issue does relate to moral and Scriptural matters.  We must never agree to do wrong in order to keep peace.  We must never come to an agreement and acquiesce over issues that involve Biblical principles or clear instructions from the Word of God.  We must never be ashamed of Christ’s words (Mark 8:38). We must never agree to “do evil that good may come” (Romans 3:8).  We must never violate our conscience (Romans 14:23).  We must never compromise with the world (James 4:4). We must always “abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

For instance, if a manager wants you to lie on the phone for him, we must never compromise by agreeing to his sinful demands.  If a supervisor wants you to sell tobacco, liquor, or porno, you must respectfully say No and refuse to compromise the Lord’s requirement for absolute holiness.  If a spouse should want you to compromise your moral standards by taking drugs, or viewing sinful movies, or going to a compromising location, you must lovingly but firmly refuse. 

Our Lord showed the danger of sinful compromises.  Jesus declared, “No one can serve two masters. . . . You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24).  Joshua challenged Israel, “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve. . . . as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).  We must determine what God’s will is and always do it, without compromising with evil or wrongdoing, even if it means great sacrifice on our part.  Be willing to compromise in rightful matters and steadfastly refuse to compromise in wrongful issues!

 



[1] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

 

 

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