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April 13, 2014

One cannot compromise on God’s word

A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

In Christ’s own words, “If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him, for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” John 12:47. In the very next verse, Jesus went on to say, “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge, the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

Throughout his ministry, Jesus preached that in order to be saved you must believe in him and repent of your sins. We are all sinners, without exception. Christ took the sin of every man and woman unto himself on the cross of Calvary, without exception. Christ was not a compromiser. When he was being tried he did not comprise to save himself, but rather he spoke the truth to power with the sure and certain knowledge that he would suffer horribly and die for it. Yet, he would suffer and die for the very men who put him on that cross, if they believed in him and repented their sins, Christ’s blood would not be on their hands, but rather his blood would wash them clean of their sins and give them eternal life.

1,500 years later Martin Luther, the great reformer, stood before those who accused him of blasphemy in the trial known as the Diet of Worms. He too spoke God’s truth to the powers that had the authority to kill him. As his trial was concluding, Luther was given an opportunity to recant and answered, “Since then your imperial majesty and your lordships demand a simple answer, I will give you one without teeth and without horns. Unless I am convicted of error by the testimony of Scripture or by manifest evidence ... I cannot and will not retract, for we must never act contrary to our conscience ... Here I stand. God help me! Amen!” Luther was found guilty of heresy, he was cut off from the church, his property was seized and a warrant for his arrest was issued. All this for his uncompromising stand of God’s word.

Compromise is necessary and good in many circumstances, but when one is called upon to compromise on God’s word, it is not an option. Our God, his son, our lord and savior Jesus Christ, are eternal and unchanging. Christ said in Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.”

I believe Christ died for everyone and took all sin upon himself on the cross. But, you must believe in him and repent of your sins to receive God’s gift of salvation and eternal life. Man has always attempted to redefine God to fit our definitions. We want God to compromise his values and law to meet our standards. God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

That’s why he sent Christ to take the punishment all sinners deserve because he so loves each and every single one of us that he gave his son to provide a path to redemption for every human being who believes upon Jesus and repents of his or her sins.

Gary Hankins

Cumberland

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