Rick Warren and Compromise

by Mike Ratliff 

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” (Matthew 5:33-37 ESV) 

Hypocrisy is something that we must all diligently work with the Father to expose and kill within the heart. The act of compromise results in hypocrisy. Some compromise that is based outside of God’s commands could possibly be an exception to this, but when it comes to the Christian’s call to obedience to God, compromise is disobedience and this is sin. Those deep into their compromise have become hardened to the conviction that they are deliberately sinning so we see them do some sort of dance when they say one thing to please one group while saying something else to try to appease others who are contending with him or her about their stance. It is hard to pin down some hypocrites, but God is expert at it. He will not let professing Christians get away with this very long. Either they will respond by coming to the throne of grace seeking forgiveness and the cleansing of God granting repentance or they will harden their hearts and continue to slide down the slippery slope of compromise.  Continue reading