January 12, 2005
The Landmine of Compromise
1 Kings 11:1-7
Compromise is so insidious that people often do not even realize when they have stepped on this landmine. Of course, there are many examples of good compromise, like two opposing sides coming together through mutual conciliation. But when we make concessions to believe or act in a way that is unwise, then we are in danger. Unfortunately, such unhealthy compromise leads to disappointment and ultimately to destruction.
We do not fall into a life of compromise; instead we slide into it. King Solomon's life is a perfect example of how a small compromise can lead to destruction. God clearly tells Solomon not to associate with other nations or to make alliances with them. So although going to Egypt to buy horses seems innocent, it is actually a compromise. In the end, Solomon also makes an alliance and marries Pharaoh's daughter. Then, he compromises further until he has hundreds of wives. Next, he allows others to worship idols, but soon he himself is involved in the practice too. He finally stoops so low as to build a high place of worship for Molech where human babies are sacrificed. This is a horrible picture of the way compromise works.
The principle is the same in our lives - a little compromise can lead to complete ruin. People give in to pressure in many different areas - morals, godly principles, clothing style, or participation in flirtatious conversations. Tomorrow we will look at the nature of compromise and some reasons that people yield. We will also see the characteristics of a non-compromiser.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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