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No Compromise

What will they call our time in the history books a few centuries from now? I propose that the chapter on this era should be “The Age of Compromise”. It is a highly interpretive age, subject to every individual’s speculations, which means essentially, that it is subject to no interpretation at all. This condition annihilates any sense of certainty and leaves everyone in an oceanic world of roving waves. In terms of philosophy, this is called “relativism”, which means that reality is relative to the senses and interpretations of the individual and to the consensus of the majority. Truth is not possible in such a world; there is no tolerance in relativism to the concept that anything exists outside of the human faculties and experience.

The Christian must never allow him(her)self to sink into this world. We possess a treasure that is priceless, -- Truth. It is truth whether or not it is seen, heard, felt, tasted, or smelled. It is truth whether or not it is considered, believed, cogitated, or emoted. It is truth whether we exist or not, are living or dead. It was truth before there was a material universe, it has remained truth throughout history, and it will be truth when this history has come to an end and the heavens are rolled up like a scroll.

There are things that must never be compromised and are only compromised to our eternal peril. These things are revealed from outside our experience which is extremely limited and demand, not our comprehensive understanding, but our absolute belief and submission.

God is Truth and He has revealed Himself to us as He truly is. He is one in substance and three in persons. He is the Father Who eternally begets, the Son Who is eternally begotten, and the Spirit Who is eternally sent. He is creator and sovereign of all creation. He is holy, just, and full of grace. All things are played out according to His immutable will and all that He does is perfectly good.

Jesus Christ is God revealed in the body and nature of man and yet, without composition, contradiction, or conversion, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity and Himself as god as God. The Gospel is the Word of God concerning the work of God in salvation. It is centered on the redemptive work of the God-man, Jesus Christ, who lived righteously under the law for our sakes and died on the altar of the cross for our sins. This Gospel is effectual for our salvation if the Holy Spirit moves through it to bring dead souls to life and faith. Faith is the instrument through which we are justified – declared righteous on the basis of Jesus’ righteous life and atoning death. According to the Gospel, Jesus rose from the dead and so conquered death and removed its condemnation from those sinners whom God had chosen to be saved.

These things are true so that Jesus could say, “I am the Truth”. They have been true through all eternity and will never change. They are not subject to our investigation, speculation, or interpretation; they are fixed for all time forevermore. Some will believe in these things to their eternal bliss, while others will reject them to their eternal damnation, but no creature will either establish them or remove them; they are as certain and sure as the God Who is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Is it not a wonderful thing to live in this world where there is solid certainty in truth? Is it not a glorious thing to say, “These things are true and immovable. I can live by these things”? Man has tried to satisfy himself with the shifting sands of his own thoughts for thousands of years and has not, to this day and hour, found contentment or meaning. And now, on this side of the cross “before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among [us] (Galatians 3:1)”, Christians are succumbing to the pressure of the world-haze to compromise God, Christ, and the Gospel. The world has proven its failure to find an anchor of hope; why do those who confess Christ, those who have had the cross presented to the eyes of their faith, those who attest that they have been drawn out of the mire of sin by this cross, this Gospel, this Christ, and this God now seek out the compromises and rationalizations of man? “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils! For what is he to be accounted of ?” (Isaiah 2:22) “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 6:17-20) — O! The wonder of it!