Revelation 2:14-15 - "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans which thing I hate."
The context of this passage is that of Christians who compromise their beliefs. In our increasingly godless society, both churches and individuals will face growing pressure to compromise with evil. (And sadly, far too many are giving in.) To be "politically correct," many churches and Christians have already condoned lifestyles the Bible emphatically calls evil. The Spirit of God can never be free to work in believers or churches that are willing to compromise God's truth.
In Scripture, God is very clear about standards of right and wrong. To compromise God's truth means you put the opinions of men over God. It proves you fear men rather than God. In essence, compromise is just another form of spiritual idolatry. Especially in coming days, believers will be put to severe tests by an ever more perverse society. Yet, this very testing may actually be one of the best things that could happen to us. We should never pray for revival just so we can avoid suffering. Our greatest goal should be holiness, not temporary happiness.
Questions for Reflection: Are you prepared to stand for God's truth no matter what the cost? Do you rationalize and make excuses for rejecting biblical standards? When the pressure is on, do you ignore Scripture and go with the crowd? If God convicts you of compromise, please don't make further excuses. Fully confess the sin and believe God for supernatural power to stand strong. There is incredible reward for all who are persecuted for righteousness sake! (Matthew 5: 12) Remember, you can never lose when you stand for Christ and you can never win when you go with the godless crowd.
As we confess and forsake every sin of compromising the plain moral truth of God, compromises whether motivated by seeming potential gain, or by the fear of man, may we remember always that it is "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory" (Col. 1: 27). As believers, we are forgiven and empowered only by the covenant of Christ's blood and His indwelling life. As we plead His precious blood and wholly trust in His fullness, victory is surely ours!