The Evil of Compromise | Jay Fesperman (3/3)
Many young people are asking, “Where do I belong in the Body of Christ? How can I be sure of where God wants me?” I believe one of the most important priorities would be to find a body of believers who are maturing into a solid church, whose leadership is strong; a leadership who:
- Knows God’s PURPOSE for that particular group (MOTIVE).
- Knows how to order the PRIORITIES of individuals, families, and Church.
- Has established and are following a clearly defined SYSTEM to accomplish God’s purpose for HIS Church.
As a management consultant to industry, I was once asked to sell a large portion of my time to a company that was losing several million dollars each year. After several years of success they were now about to go down the tube. My reply was that nobody outside of the company could do the job. It would take dynamic leadership from within to effect a turn-around.
“When I planned this, did I do it lightly? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’?” (2 Corinthians 1:17).
A lot of people have blamed the “Charismatic Renewal” for causing division in the Church. Yet I have never seen anything more divided than was the Church before this unique outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place. More than a hundred denominations! And within each of them a polarization of liberals and conservatives; some deeply and primarily involved with extremism, either in social-action programs or in fundamental theology! And these extremes carping at each other, and then often coming together only after much, much COMPROMISE. And that’s the ultimate weakening force in any institution – COMPROMISE!
If we gave as much time to hearing and reading the Scriptures as we do watching television, we would have a much easier time following the edict of King Jesus. Take this advice for example. . . “My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart FOREVER; fasten them around your neck. When you walk they will guide you; when you sleep they will watch over you; when you awake they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the CORRECTIONS OF DISCIPLINE are the way to LIFE.” (Proverbs 6:20).
One of the major weaknesses in the Church today is the business of compromise. And I am speaking of compromise on a singular or personal basis. In Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth he covers several of these:
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.”
“What fellowship can light have with darkness?”
“What do righteousness and wickedness have in common?”
“What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?”
“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?”
You may think I am kidding with THAT title, but I am not. The big “I” in me wants to call the shots. I want to do what pleases “ME”. And that’s probably true for most of you who read this letter. I have a young friend who for the eight years that I have known him has insisted over and over again that he wants to walk with God and to be a man of God. But he hasn’t yet come to the place where he will let God set the pattern for his life. His big “I” still responds to the soul and flesh, and he has never come to the place where God is the Lord over his life.