• Karen M. Peeler

Culture of Compromise

Compromise appears like a cancer attacking, watering down and slowly defeating the transforming power of the Holy Spirit within the body of Christ.

For the past few weeks during protected prayer and intercession the spirit illuminated areas in my life in danger of compromise. Ignored, they leave an open door which allows the enemy to plant seeds of deception purposed for decay. Satan carefully, comfortably and with precision, one seed at a time, places blinders on the eyes of many called the "church". Not the building.

Not the beautiful decor, but the "church".

The living, breathing, chosen and called. And as my spirit grieves I am more determined than ever to "hold fast, stand firm, and not compromise the Gospel."

"You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything." (1 Corinthians 6:12, NLT)

Many are enslaved to what the world defines acceptable and confusion reigns as standards contrary to the will of God take root and produce ungodly fruit.

Slowly Christians have compromised as culture grabbed the pen of purpose from the master's hand and started writing a story of comfortable, convenience instead of steps in sync with the character of Christ.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

1 John 2:15, NLT

A mouth full of justification instead of steady conviction to follow the will of God finds us walking away from abiding, and jumping into a car for a weekend joy ride with a license plate reading "everyone else is doing it".

Compromise is sneaky. We can attend church on Sunday and appear as if everything is perfectly fashioned to the Father's will while the Word of God collects dust during the week and prayers are never prayed at home (2 Timothy 3:5).

As the standard lowers to less than desirable it becomes a trickle down affect as the body of Christ condones sin in the name of love and acceptance. Alarms have gone silent that once rang fiercely to call us to a higher level of surrender.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17, NLT)

"Grace is free, but tangible and spiritual consequences of compromise can be costly."

The story of Saul's disobedience to God and Samuel's rebuke found in 1 Samuel 15 is a classic case of compromise; lowering standards to satisfy self.

Saul was an anointed King of Israel. Chosen by the people and anointed by God. He was given a new heart, equipped and instructed for success. But instead of seeking the face of God he leaned into rebellion and carved out his own truth with man made stones.

"He looked the part but lacked the Father's heart."

He focused on partial obedience, going through the motions and walking away from a passionate, patient, pursuit of God. Many times throughout scripture we see Saul joyful and triumphant in battle yet distant from the reality of habitual sin (1 Samuel 15:13).

Living this lie He wore his pride and arrogance like a gift from God and in doing so compromised the position and influence he had been graciously granted.

But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48, NLT

Saul ignored the commands of God and he followed what "he thought" was best.

"Just like Saul, when we push aside conviction and walk toward the world the less we long for the deeper things of God. We become weekend Christians with no influence on the world."

Saul craved the tangible spoils of war. He wanted to obey Christ, AND fulfill his fleshly desires. He justified his actions in the name of sacrifice.

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

"I believe in the blessings of God and having things and convenience is not sin, but it can be, if we, like Saul, disobey God's direction and exchange it for the comfort of the world."

Pride and rebellion against the one true God stopped Saul from throwing away his personal agenda and trusting God's perfectly fashioned plan.

Are we picking up the spirit of Saul?

When we refuse to read and apply God's word to every area of life our character reads "we have a better plan than God's plan" and the spirit of Saul has taken root.

God rejected Saul because he rejected God's commandments.

And again I hear the whisper of wisdom, we are not called to compromise.

Satan is attacking the church by reproducing sin soothers who are perpetuating compromise and glorifying it as the "norm". Are we challenging each other to become more like Christ or soothing sin to gain acceptance?

At times I fear we confuse the spoken uncompromising word of God with judgement and label truth which brings conviction as words "not being spoken in love".

It is time for a great awakening! Each moment is an opportunity to weave God's word into life and say no to lowering standards to be accepted by the world.

I pray we are like Samuel and grieved and called to prayer by the habitual sin of the chosen and called (1 Samuel 15:35).

I pray we seek forgiveness and run back to our first love (Ephesians 4:32).

I pray we consume God's word and weave it into every area of life (Hebrews 4:12).

I pray we speak truth in love, and stir up gifts to edify and encourage the body of Christ (2 Timothy 1:6).

I pray when conviction comes we do not shrink in fear but press in and learn the lesson (Psalm 139:33).

I pray we fight and stand firm in the things of God, even when confronted by the masses (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Compromise begins and ends in each moment offering a choice.

It can begin here.

"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence."2 Peter 1:3

I want it to start with me. It can start with you.

Dear God awaken your sons and daughters, lift the blinders of deception and compromise.

The time has come to stop coddling compromise and make serving Christ common in our home. Awake beloved and begin a movement of moments inside each heart, each home, each community and refuse to align with anyone not grounded in God's word.

Father shake us to the core and light a fire reaching outside the church building and into our hearts and homes.

"Grace is free, but tangible and spiritual consequences of compromise can be costly."

Reference

"Compromise." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2016.

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