Hattie’s Hangout: Never Compromise On Biblical Truth
In today’s culture of division, compromise seems to be the best and easiest solution.
However, there will never be a “right time” to compromise on biblical principles.
Even when it feels uncomfortable.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer knew this as he stood against Nazi Germany, unwavering in his Christian convictions. William Wilberforce, struck by the grace of God, refused to back down from the sovereign truths of Scripture, combatting the slave trade in England. Likewise, Martin Luther boldly proclaimed justification by faith alone as his opposers wished death upon his life.
History is littered with righteous vigilantes determined to uphold the love and truth of Christ. Without wavering, these flawed yet faithful servants of Christ would have rather seen death than compromise on the truths of God’s Holy Word.
The Bible itself tells us of similar liaisons who risked it all for the sake of the Gospel. Each one faced persecution as they disrupted culture in pursuit of a bold faith.
Hebrews 13:7 tells us to “remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider their outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”
Ultimately, our greatest example rests in Jesus Christ, whose food “was to do the will of the one who sent him and to do his good works.” (John 4:34). It was his uncompromised pursuit for the desires of God that led him to the cross.
All unified under the name of Christ, they refused to sit apathetically to the godlessness of society. Safety was not their concern.
The Apostle Paul rejoiced in his suffering for the sake of the Gospel. In Philippians 3:8 he writes, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
If safety is your personal paramount, compromising on the principles of the Bible is easy.
In today’s divisive culture, choosing safety means seeking worldly acceptance. Out of fear, Christians will quiver under the pressure of our culture, which screams at us to accept the unbiblical ideas of gender identity and unification under Critical Race Theory.
If pursuing safety is your foundation, large holes will allow these false gospels to seep through.
Too many Christian fear specificity in what they believe, leaving room for misinterpretation and a squishy foundation. Instead of Christ-centered boldness, we see a coward-like limpness to the ways of the world.
However, there is nothing loving about a Christian who lacks specificity and backbone, sitting apathetically to a world flogged by chaos, controversy and confusion. The good news for this lost and depraved world is the news of Christ, and Christians must never
compromise on it.
Jesus acted without compromise, so Christians looking to walk in the way of Christ must do the same. By grace and through faith, the Holy Spirit emboldens our actions to live without wavering from the truth of God’s word.
J. I. Packer once said, “I should like to be remembered as someone who was always courteous in controversy, but without compromise.” The divisive culture ahead of us doesn’t need more safety seekers, rather truth tellers remaining courteous in controversy, living without compromise.
Hattie Troutman is the Editor-in-Chief. Follow her on Twitter at @hattrout.