Yes. There are times in life where we can compromise. Simple choices like which restaurant to choose for tomorrow’s dinner, which hotel is best to stay at, and even whether or not to get into an argument about something petty are just a few examples. As the graphic above states, “There are things that are okay to compromise. There are things that are not okay to compromise. Life is about learning the difference.”
However, God’s written Word, the Bible, and His Living Word, Jesus Christ, is NOT included in the “okay to compromise list.”
I was reminded of the dangers when compromises of true Christian faith invade the Christian churches when I received an email containing a little parable about pastoral care.
First, a little background on the subject. Sometimes I get emailed comments when people visit and post at my former Talk Wisdom blog. Over the years since I had chosen to abandon that particular blog, I usually only get spam comments.
[FYI, the reason that I abandoned that blog was because I did not agree with the new rules that G00gle imposed upon blog owners. If I signed into that blog to alert readers of my move over to WordPress, then I would have automatically been forced into the agreement. That is why I could not post a message when I left that blog in order to lead former readers to this blog.]
The post where I received the legitimate comment (although the screen name said “Unknown,”) was written in response to my post entitled, “Compromise + Enabling = Heresy” posted on September 18, 2008.
There have been so many great posts at many blogs on my Christian Blog List that have touched on the subjects of compromise, enabling and heresy. I think that this is a subject that is one of the most important issues that Christianity faces today.
Does compromise plus enabling equal heresy?
I truly believe that all three are actively at work in today’s postmodern Christian church culture. In years past, those churches that obviously compromised the truth of the Bible and true Gospel (regarding sin, pride of self, ignoring and/or allowing unrepentant rebellion against God and His Word, and the re-making of Jesus Christ in their own image) were typically labeled as the “liberal” wing of Christianity.
However, compromise, enabling and heresy is creeping into Evangelical church circles at an increasingly alarming rate. Those of us (called the elect in God’s Word) who see this are attempting to sound the alarm bells to warn those who may be caught up in such movements. The call to return back to the Bible and what Jesus said was needed to inherit the kingdom of God, (namely – our need to repent of sin, follow the Law [Jesus said, “if you love me, keep my commandments] and the Prophets; and abide by the true gospel of Christ is what points us towards righteousness and holiness.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mar 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.
The “elect” are the truly saved in Jesus Christ. Notice that Jesus himself acknowledges that the “false Christs and false prophets” [s]hall deceive the very elect. But notice what Jesus said just before those words – “if [it were] possible!! This means that it isn’t going to happen! There will always be a remnant of the faithful who will not be deceived by powerful “signs and wonders” that will deceive those not genuinely born again in Christ.
Human nature (especially the nature of the unsaved) is likely to deem such terminology as elitist, bragging, or much worse. What they are missing is the fact that it is the humbling of the heart, confession of sin, repentance of all our sin, asking for mercy and grace at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ that enables us to be His (Jesus Christ’s). There is no pride allowed in such an act. We know from whence we came (sinners, desperately in need of the Savior) and that if it weren’t for Christ’s sacrificial, substitutionary death on the cross, WE WOULD ALSO BE LOST FOR ALL ETERNITY. We can’t boast in anything – but the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Look at Paul’s instruction for the elect:
Col 3:12 ¶ Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.
Col 3:14 And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Also, look at Jude’s admonition to seek out the lost and if necessary, pull them out of the fire:
Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
How are we to balance all of this?
Some choose to use compromise so as not to offend anyone.
Others, choose to utilize a certain level of enabling – so as to appear loving, kind, tolerant, and non-judgmental.
Still others, go all the way towards heresy – willingly or unwittingly – and may THINK they are saved but because of following false doctrine, are not.
Read the rest of the post HERE.
The following is a copy of the comment left by “Unknown” yesterday:
The Parable of the Train Traveler [in England]
by Rollin Grams
His disciples asked him, “Teacher, tell us: What is good pastoral care?”
He replied, ‘A certain man wanted to take a train from Cardiff to St. David. Three priests were standing on the platform with him. The man, who was terrified of train travel, asked the, ‘is this train safe?’
The first priest, who believed that all train travel was safe, assured the man that it mattered not which train he took or where he traveled. ‘You shall be safe,’ he stated firmly, ‘and know of a certainty that the Church has blessed this train.’ Then he gave the man and encouraging smile.
The second priest, who had planned to go to Oxford, said, ‘I shall change my ticket, travel with you, sit beside you to encourage you along the way, and have shared conversations.’ With that, he climbed onto the train with the man, helping him with his baggage.
The third priest, who moments earlier had checked the train news on his Smartphone, yelled, ‘Get off the train! The bridge is out and you shall surely perish, all of you!’
Then, turning to Peter, the teacher asked, ‘Which of the priests gave good pastoral care?’
“I suppose,’ answered Peter, ‘the second one, who stayed off his cell phone and gave the man his full attention and good company.’
Moral to the story: (my own take)
Peter blew it. Warning the people, as did the old time prophets (and as both John the Baptist and Jesus did), is a vital part of pastoral care, and sometimes it is the best thing we can do for our congregations, even if they do not want to hear it.
[Posted by Unknown to Talk Wisdom at September 27, 2016 at 10:41:00 AM PDT.]