Compromising Christian Ethos Can Derail Relationship with the Lord

Samuel O. Doku

At Bible Study time on Wednesday at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Senior Pastor Georges W. Ntemi spoke about the need for Christians to be faithful and confident in God for the fulfillment of their requests from the Lord because he has his own appointed time to meet our requests, as the Scripture says in Habakkuk 2: 1-3.

When Mr. Cedric Kamwa addressed participants on the prayer line this morning, he patterned his message on the dangers of compromising one’s Christian ethos simply because one’s requests from the Lord had not been met.

In support of the apostle of God’s teaching on Wednesday, Mr. Kamwa read Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”

“As Christians, we shouldn’t compromise ourselves. Compromise means accepting lower than desirable standards. We should live by the standards of God to accomplish his purpose. There should be no place for doubt, underachievement, or any form of minimalism and think it’s enough,” said Brother Cedric.

Mr. Kamwa emphasized that Christians should allow their actions to speak louder their words because through our actions, we can attract or repel unbelievers who want to convert into our faith. “As Christians, the way we perceive things, the way we reflect on things, the way we inspire others will either bring people to become Christians or drive them away from God,” said Brother Cedric.

“Pastor Georges talked about waiting for God’s appointed time in the Bible Study on Wednesday. Sometimes, we are not patient with God when we should just trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. As Christians, we should know right from wrong, according to the Bible. But because of lack of faith, we compromise ourselves,” said Mr. Kamwa.

He also read Psalm 19: 1-3 and noted that Christians must follow God’s commandments consistently and persistently because without them, one would be living in the moment and would do something he or she thought was right but would regret later. “You will understand that it’s better to follow God’s way. Don’t compromise yourself by doing things that you think don’t affect anybody, but if you continue, they would become a habit and lead you into sin,” stated Mr. Kamwa.

Mr. Kamwa added that it’s important to close all doors that could lead to the compromising of our lives in one way or the other before it becomes too big to extricate ourselves from. “Don’t sell yourself because you want to accomplish something. Don’t compromise for little things in life because God’s plans for you are for the big things in life to glorify his name.

“God’s plans work in favor of those who serve and worship him in humility. There should be no room for doubt and misinterpretation of his word. As children of God, we’ve to understand that enemies are always ready to control our lives. Don’t give in to the enemy. Either you are with God or with the enemy. As children of God, we have to be on his side, for he gives us victory, good health, and prosperity,” said Brother Cedric.

He noted that Christianity means discipline. “As Christians, we need moral courage to lead by example; don’t just say it; show it. You are a prince, princess, leader, queen, king, so don’t undersell yourself for little things that can kill your faith. Compromising slows down God’s plans for your lives. Remember that God is Almighty, and he can give you everything,” said Mr. Kamwa.

Pastor Jean Paul Ntap warned that compromising could mess up one’s life, be it in marriage, business, or education. He noted that the favor of God must be well understood by Christians so that their communion with God can be renewed.

He asserted that everything has a beginning, and mingling with unbelievers could be the beginning of compromising one’s Christian life, which could lead to sin. “Connect yourself with God and seek his face. Luke 12: 32 says, ‘do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you his kingdom.’  God knows we can face temptations, so he is the one who can protect us against any temptations. Compromising destroys our souls as people of God,” stated Pastor Ntap.

He also noted that stagnation could lead to compromising. “Prayer, fasting, and faith in God can solve your problems. Trust God with all your heart, for you have the power to rebuke evil things in your life. The only way is through seeking the face of God. In moments of compromise, pray and ask God for forgiveness,” noted the man of God.

In a note of caution, Pastor Ntap observed that Christians should not copy blindly what pastors do because part of being a Christian means a personal relationship with God. And that relationship, in addition to sermons, is by reading the Bible and studying the ways of God.

“Be your own individual in your relationship with God. God knows there’ll be failures and disappointments while serving him, but he is the author and finisher of your faith, so he’ll take care of you in all things. Being a Christian requiring discipline means like Apostle Paul, sometimes you have do things you really don’t want to do,” said the man of God.

 

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About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).