Appeasing The Tiger

I have been thinking about the dangers of “appeasing” people just to keep them in church. It’s dangerous to forsake principle to avoid pressures. The word “appease” in one of its key meanings is “to pacify, to attempt to pacify someone or an enemy by giving concessions at the expense of principle.” This is one of the sins of preachers, the abandonment of principle just to satisfy someone, to keep them coming to church. Churches are full of people who are not right with God. As someone put it, “feeding the tiger to satisfy him.”

In 2 Chronicles 28:21-23, King Ahaz tried to appease his enemy by giving him precious things of the temple. The result… “He helped him not” (KJV). Ahaz then turned to Syria and worshipped their gods. The result… “They were the ruin of him.” Ahaz reasoned that if he appeased the enemy, his nation would be at peace, but his situation became worse. He gave concessions at the expense of principle. In like manner, we are deceived if we think that if we appease the devil, he will leave us alone. We are deceived if we think that if we compromise a little, the devil will leave us alone.

Paul said in Ephesians 4:27, “Neither give place to the devil” (KJV), or “Do not give the devil an opportunity” (NASB). In other words, don’t appease the devil by giving him a glance, a listen, a grip. He wrecked havoc on many in the Bible. Eve gave the devil “a listen.” King David gave the devil “a lust.” Judas gave the devil “a love for money.” Human nature, carnal as it is, loves to appease. Why? Because human nature hates pain and struggles. It’s easier to feed the tiger just to keep him quiet. Appeasement is the clothing of a coward. We are inward “appeasers” if we fear to stand up and resist the devil and his evils. Paul, when faced with the “spirit of appeasement,” said, “Not for a moment did we yield” (Galatians 2:5, Berkley). Note also Ephesians 6:13, James 4:6-7, and 1 Peter 5:5-9. Appeasement eventually brings shame and embarrassment.

Pastor George Belobaba

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