Proverbs 25:26… “A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring” (KJV).
Proverbs 25:26… “If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring” (NLT).
Psalm 119:2-3… “Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths” (NLT).
I would like to say a few things about Christians who compromise with evil. A righteous man is a well of life and a blessing in the land, but if he compromises with the wicked, he becomes like a defiled water fountain. He has muddied the water of life. The word “compromise” has a variety of meanings. In a good sense, this word refers to making a settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions or a difference being settled by a mutual agreement or arrangement. In a bad sense, this word refers to conceding to something detrimental, to something that can expose you to danger or bring you into disrepute. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, “How can Christ and Belial, the devil, have any agreement? What can a believer have together with a nonbeliever? The temple of God cannot have any agreement with idols, and we are the temple of the living God” (NCV).
In Genesis 12:10-20, Abram went down to Egypt. He compromised by saying that his wife was his sister. Pharaoh believed him and brought her into his house. God “plagued” Pharaoh’s house (i.e., nothing was going right) and let him know that Abram lied about his wife. What a degradation it was to Abraham to be rebuked by a heathen king. Abram’s first trip into Egypt was not a very good testimony. Many Christians lie and compromise before the unredeemed, and then wonder why things go wrong with their lives. In 2 Samuel 11:2-5, King David compromised his righteous life by having an affair with Bathsheba (Uriah’s wife). He was found out and repented. Later, David’s son Absalom publicly went in and defiled David’s concubines. David defiled the fountains of water. He muddied the waters, and his children saw it and did the same thing. In 1 Kings 11:1-14, King Solomon compromised with the wicked. He married strange women, built idols to heathen gods, did evil in the sight of the Lord, and by his acts, corrupted successive generations. The compromises of this good man were like a bag of poison cast into a spring of water from which the entire nation drank. In Matthew 26:69-75, Peter knowingly denied Jesus before a few people. He corrupted himself by compromise and by cringing before the ungodly. He muddied the water. He jeopardized his testimony.
Today our nation is full of compromising believers. They lie, they cheat, they deny Jesus, they are full of greed, and they live like the unredeemed. They have poisoned the springs of water. They have muddied the waters. Paul strongly wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18, “Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord” (NLT). Many Christians feel that God has alienated Himself from them and that they are not received by God as a family member. If you feel this way, have you joined yourself to something you shouldn’t have? Have you made any wrong compromises?
Pastor George Belobaba
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