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THE DANGER OF COMPROMISE
 
by: Joe R. Price
 (Scripture: 1 Kings 11:1-13)

 INTRODUCTION:

  1. 1 Kgs. 3:5-9, 10-14 - God's blessings & conditions to maintain His favor.
  1. Testimony to the nations - 1 Kgs. 8:41-43.
  2. God's acceptance - 1 Kgs. 9:3.
  1. 1 Kgs. 9:3-9 - Conditional blessings - Be distinct, pure, etc.
  2. 1 Kgs. 11:1-13 - Solomon's compromise caused God to be angry & led to the division of the kingdom.
  3. We are warned against both moral & doctrinal compromise - 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Gal. 1:6-10; 2 Jn. 9-11; Eph. 5:8-11.

 I. COMPROMISE IS SIN.

  1. Double-Mindedness - Jas. 4:4, 8 (1:8); Matt. 6:24.
  2. Compromise Stands By When Sin Could Be Prevented - 11:7-8 (cf. v. 5); 1 Sam. 3:13.
  3. Truth Does Not Continue In Such An Environment - Gal. 2:5.
  4. Causes God's People To Be Indecisive & Faithless - 1 Kgs. 18:21.

 II. COMPROMISE BEGINS IN THE HEART - 1Kgs. 11:4.

  1. In Compromise, The Heart Is Turned Away From God - 11:2, 9.
  2. In Compromise, The Militant Spirit Is Replaced With A "Kinder, Gentler" Approach Toward Sin & Sinners - Jer. 6:14; 2 Cor. 10:3-5.
  3. In Compromise, True Love For God Becomes Secondary - Mark 12:28-29; Matt. 6:21; Mark 7:21-23.
  4. To Avoid Compromise (Keep Your Heart Pure - Jas. 4:8 (1 Tim. 1:5)

 III. COMPROMISE IN KING SOLOMON'S LIFE:

  1. Unlawful Marriages - 1 Kings 11:1-3.
  1. Mixed marriages - Neh. 13:26.
  1. Marriage to unbeliever is not sin (1 Cor. 7:12-14),
  2. But, additional challenges & temptations exist (1 Pet. 3:1).
  1. Multiplied wives - Deut. 17:17.
  2. Application:
  1. Know the value of a godly partner! (cf. 1 Pet. 3:2; 1 Cor. 7:15).
  2. Don't compromise Christ's marriage law! (Matt. 19:4-6, 9)
  1. False Worship - 1 Kings 11:5-8.
  1. Can take the form of direct participation - 11:5, 7.
  2. Can take the form of encouraging it in others - 11:8.
  3. Can take the form of changing the action of worship while trying to keep the same God (1 Kgs. 12:28-33).
  4. Application:
  1. Worshipping other gods (Col. 3:5).
  2. By leaving the impression that any worship of God is acceptable (Jn. 4:24).
  3. By supporting those who practice false worship (2 Jn. 9-10).
  1. Compromise Causes:
  1. The wrath of God is stirred up - 1 Kgs. 11:9.
  2. The loss of God's blessings - 1 Kgs. 11:11.
  3. It leads to still more compromise - 1 Kgs. 12:28-33; Gal. 5:9.

 CONCLUSION:

  1. Compromise may be fine in politics & in solving disputes between two enemies. But when it comes to honoring & obeying the God of heaven & earth, it is deadly to our souls!
  2. Jude 3; 2 Tim. 2:3 - Contend earnestly for the faith and endure as good soldiers of the cross!

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