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God’s Unaltered Word.

( No compromise ! )

To compromise is to make concessions or accommodations for someone who does not agree with a prevalent set of standards or rules. The Bible makes it clear that GOD does not condone compromising His standards: “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey HIS laws and search for HIM with all their hearts.

They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in HIS paths.

You have charged us to keep Your commandments carefully” (Psalm 119:1-4).

The word joyful or blessed describes people of righteousness, those who are totally subservient to GOD’S will and wholeheartedly devoted in their relationship to HIM. We do not compromise or deviate from HIS standards but “walk only in HIS path.”

We hear only GOD’S voice (1 Kings 18:21; John 8:47; John 10:27),

and we do not yield to or permit any deviation from HIS Word

(Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 119:128; Revelation 22:18-19). Not compromising requires our unswerving submission to

HIM and to HIM only, regardless of the world’s concession to godlessness -

(Joshua 24:15; Psalm 119:10; Psalm 119:15).

1 Corinthians 9:16

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Christians are commanded not to add to or take from God’s Word. Rev 22:18,19 The prophets spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pet 1:21 The apostles spoke only what they saw and heard via the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:19,20 Jesus Christ, the Son of God only spoke and did what God commanded him to say and do. John 12:49,50 -

“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

Paul said we are to follow and learn of the apostles to not go beyond that which was written in the scriptures. 1 Cor 4:6; 1 Cor 11:1 God’s Word can’t be altered or compromised by the wisdom of men. 2 Cor 2:13

Mark 16:15

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Not only was the gospel to be preached, and this to every nation, but it was to be defended. No truce could be made to make it softer for one, and harder for another. Paul said he was set for the defense of the gospel. 1:15-18 Jude wrote that we should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. Jude 3 Christians are commanded to defend and contend for the faith, and not compromise it with the doctrines of men.

Matthew 15:1-9, 1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

6And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

*Traditions and Traditionalism. Traditionalism is the practice of adhering to tradition as authoritative.

Traditionalism can further be defined as the belief that moral and religious Truth comes from divine revelation that is passed down by tradition, rather than attained by human reasoning. Traditionalism seeks to uphold these traditions and is resistant to change.

the Bible is full of moral and religious truth.

However, human tradition is fallible.

Divine revelation is the ultimate authority, not the human tradition that has developed around it.

Often, debates over traditionalism crop up in comparisons between Protestantism and Catholicism. Protestantism adheres to sola scriptura; that is, Protestants hold to the authority of Scripture alone in matters of faith and practice. Catholicism, on the other hand, gives equal weight to church tradition. When we look at what the Bible actually says, including Jesus’ rebuke of the traditionalists of His day (see Luke 11:37– 52), it is clear that the Bible, GOD'S WORD is to be our authority. This is not to say that tradition is without merit, but that tradition is only authoritative insofar as it is based on biblical truth.

Second Timothy 3:16–17 says Scripture is God-breathed. It also claims that Scripture “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Nothing needs to be added to Scripture; we are thoroughly equipped for serving GOD

through GOD’S Word.

Jesus Himself affirmed the importance of Scripture. When He was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, He responded three times with “It is written” (Matthew 4:1–11). Jesus did not respond with “The patriarchs of old” or “According to tradition.” He told the Sadducees that they were in error regarding the resurrection because they didn’t “know the Scriptures or the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). Jesus often called out the religious leaders for adhering to traditionalism over the true commands of God. When some Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus about His disciples’ breaking the tradition of the elders in a certain matter, Jesus asked them why they broke God’s law for the sake of their traditions (Matthew 15:1–20). Clearly, it is GOD’S WORD, ( not tradition ), that holds authority in our lives.

In Acts 17:11 the Jews in Berea are commended for testing the teachings of Paul and Silas against Scripture. Timothy is encouraged to “preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:2–5). Timothy is not told to observe human tradition but to stay strong in the Word of God.

Traditions can be instructive to us on many levels, and there is nothing inherently wrong with observing tradition. Traditions can give a sense of identity, unite us as the unique family of Christ, provide teaching opportunities, and help us remember important truths. But we must always maintain a distinction between divine commands and human traditions. God’s commands are binding; man made tradition is not.

Humans are fallible, and, thus, so is human tradition. That is the weakness of traditionalism. We must not keep tradition simply for the sake of tradition. Rather, we must carefully examine our traditions and measure them against God’s Word.

Conclusion: When we stand for everything, we stand for nothing. God demands that we either be hot or cold, and all who are lukewarm (compromisers) will be spewed out of his mouth. Rev 3:15,16.

To please everyone, is to please no one.

Christians should seek to please only God.

Acts 5:29 When we preach a secular gospel, we are adhering to the will of man, and not to the will of God.

Rom 12:2 Any attempt to change the Word is to charge God with lying, and expect Him to repent or admit error.

1 Sam 15:29 God is immutable, infallible, and unchangeable.

James 1:17; Heb 6:18 His Word is perfect, tried, and true.

Psalms 12:5 To compromise the truth of God in the hope of saving a sinner, loses both the sinner, and ourselves.

Gal 1:8,9 Compromised truth is nothing but lies that are disguised as truth.

Rom 1:25 Seek it, obey it, and [ never ] [ ever ] compromise the perfect will of GOD. GOD BLESS Everyone !

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