Summary: Compromise has deadly results. Here are three lessons each believer needs to remember when tempted to compromise their faith.
For the last several weeks, I have been preaching out of Joshua a series of messages on “Receiving Your Inheritance.” During this series of messages, God has given me several positive ones, such as “Pulling Down Strongholds” and “The Faithfulness of God”. However there are several messages that I guess you could consider as negative, since they serve more as warning than anything else. Last week’s message, “The Danger of Hidden Sin” was such a one. Today’s message will also serve as a warning as well. If there is one thing that hurts the church today, probably more than anything else, it is compromise. Now I want to make something clear, in the area of relationship, compromise is valuable. It is impossible to have a good relationship with another person without somewhere and somehow compromising. Relationships won’t last long if you are not willing to reach compromises. However, in the subject of warfare, compromise is deadly. In relationships, you usually have two people that share similar goals, but maybe just disagree on how to reach them. In warfare, goals and attitudes are extremely different and compromise rarely settles anything. Essentially, the United States reached a compromise in the Vietnam War and in reality, nothing was settled. For the Christian life, compromise is also deadly. For the child of God, Satan loves for you to compromise because by doing so, he gains inroads into your life. One of the things that I heard Doug Small say during camp meeting was that if Satan has an area of your life, if he has gained an inroad, if he has a place, then he is going to keep coming back again and again to view his property. This is why the Bible says in Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Here is a little story that shows how dangerous compromise is. Winter was coming on and a hunter went out into the forest to shoot a bear out of which he planned to make a warm coat. By and by he saw a bear coming toward him and raised his gun and took aim.
“Wait,” said the bear, “why do you want to shoot me?” “Because I am cold,” said the hunter. “But I am hungry,” the bear replied, “so maybe we can reach an agreement, or a compromise.” In the end, the hunter was well enveloped with the bear’s fur and the bear had eaten his dinner. We always lose out when we try to compromise with the devil and sin. It will consume us in the end.
Here in Joshua chapter 9, Joshua and the Israelites reached a compromise with the Gibeonites. We are told that the Canaanites were gathering together for the purpose of war, but the inhabitants of Gibeon decided to work deceitfully for their survival and deceived Joshua and the children of Israel into ensnaring them and causing them to disobey the full commands of God as He had given them to Joshua concerning the receiving of the inheritance which God had promised to them. They were to totally destroy the inhabitants of Canaan, not to enter into a league (compromise) with them. I want to share with you this morning, three lessons from this text that we need to remember when (not if) you are tempted to compromise with the enemy.