We live in a world full of compromising Christian’s who want to preach love and tolerance. Don’t ever get me wrong, love is an important part of our Gospel. Without love, we would have no cross. Without the cross, we would have no forgiveness. No salvation. Without love and grace, we would have nothing. But, even though Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, He never called us to compromise with sin. In fact, He demands that we either be cold, or hot, never lukewarm. We can’t play around with sin or ever think of it lightly. We have to remember what sin does – sin has destroyed many lives. In Biblical times, it caused King David to commit adultery, lie, even murder. He had to watch his children stumble and have their own lives ruined by it. Sin led Samson straight towards Delilah. Sin is what destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Sin is what made the Lord have to send the flood to the earth.
Sin is what put our Savior on the cross, and, thankful as we are for His incredible sacrifice, it was not a sacrifice He should’ve had to make.
“If Christ has died for me, I cannot trifle with the evil that killed my best Friend.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Compromising with sin has always led us to destruction. We think, for some reason, that sin is fine as long as we’re not the ones committing it. We think that it’s fine not to warn others about sin because we don’t want to appear to be “preachy” or look as if we’re judging people. We think that the Bible is outdated and because of how times have changed, surely things like homosexuality, sex before marriage, lying, abortion, and other hot topics aren’t truly sinful. God is simply behind on the times and He needs to catch up, right?
We even use scripture as an excuse to sin or compromise with sin. We read Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” and we think for whatever reason that since we’ve already fallen short, we might as well keep sinning. We even tell this verse to lost people to comfort them…and make them feel better about their sin! I understand the importance of making a lost sinner feel loved and accepted in the church of Christ, but there is one thing we mustn’t ever do if we want the person to experience true conversion.
Do not make them feel comforted when they’re sinning. Do not make them feel like their sin is okay because everyone sins.
That would be like me going into a prison to go speak to a group of..let’s say, murderers. Or really any group of people who have done something to deserve a prison sentence. Rapists, thieves..just dangerous people who have committed very bad and violent acts. I go into that group and I tell them…”For we all fall short of the glory of God!” and I leave them with the false impression that because all of those people have murdered, or raped, or been violent..they’re okay. Because they’ve all done it. It may seem weird, but if you think about it, when you take that verse out of context and tell it to sinners like that, we’re giving them a false impression. We’re acting like they can compromise with sin, like they can trifle with it and be okay because every Christian has sinned, every Christian will sin. No matter if you’re saved or not, you will sin. If you’re truly saved, you won’t live in sin. (1 John 3:4-9 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.)
There’s a huge difference between backsliding for a moment, between sinning and then repenting after He convicts you, and remaining in your sin. If we are living in our sin, the Bible says we are like a pig in mud, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11.)
As A.W Tozer said, we are sent to bless this world, but we aren’t sent to compromise with it. We are sent to love the world, but we aren’t sent to love the sin or accept sin or even tolerate it. As born-again Christian’s, we should hate sin. Though the world likes to confuse hating sin with hating the sinner, we can’t compromise with them and abandon the Gospel. I understand wanting to compromise with the world, I do. It gets tough to be a strong Christian. You will face persecution here, maybe not the terrible persecution we so often see in other countries, but persecution nonetheless. Maybe you will become an outcast. Maybe you will be cussed at. Maybe you will be mocked. Maybe the persecution you face will be even worse. Your family may abandon you, you may lose friends, but we can not compromise or tolerate sin.