Changing Effects

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Genesis 19:3 “And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.”

Lot is one of the sad stories of the Scriptures. A young man who had so much potential ruined it because of compromise. Certainly, his compromise started because of Abram’s, but there was still no excuse for his going to Sodom.

When Lot chose to compromise, he never saw where it would take him, but compromise always takes you further than you ever want and deeper than any depths of sin you imagined you would go. You cannot compromise and expect your changing not to change you. You are going to change when you choose to compromise. The person you are now will not be the person you will be when compromise is done destroying your character and morals. When you look at Lot’s life, there are five effects that compromise will have on your life.

First, compromise causes you to lose your shame of sin. In verse 1, “Lot sat in the gate of Sodom.” What is Lot doing welcoming people to sin? The sin of Sodom no longer bothered him. When Lot started, he only pitched his tent toward Sodom, but compromise took him to sitting in the gates and living in Sodom. You will find that compromise ALWAYS changes your perception of sin. Compromise causes you to lose the blush that sin once used to cause. Compromise simply wants to get you used to sin being around you so that you will eventually do what those around you are doing.

Second, compromisers spiritualize compromising actions. In verse 3, Lot baked “unleavened bread” for the angels. You can spiritualize worldliness, but it is still worldliness. We are not to look like the world; we are to be different from the world. You will always have a good and spiritual reason when you begin to compromise, good and spiritual reasons you would have never accepted previous to your compromise.

Third, compromising warps your morals. In verse 8, Lot offered his virgin daughters to wicked men and thought it was okay. Compromisers never realize how warped their morals become. What once they used to disdain will become accepted when you compromise. Compromising takes you further down the road of sin than you ever imagined. You will find yourself doing things that you once thought were sick.

Fourth, you will stop witnessing to the lost when you compromise. In verse 14, Lot “seemed as one that mocked” to his sons-in-law when he told them about Sodom’s imminent destruction. The reason he seemed as one that mocked is because he never witnessed to them. You are well on the road of compromise when soul winning loses its priority in your church or life.

Fifth, compromise will cause you to linger in sin rather than repent of your sin. In verse 16, Lot lingered because he wanted just a little more of Sodom. Compromise never stops. You never stop once you start moving in compromise. You will want to linger a little longer until it destroys you.

How did Lot get to the point that he got his own daughters pregnant? He got there by compromise. You may think your compromise will not take you that far, but it takes everyone that far. The best way to keep from going that far in sin is never to take the first step of compromise.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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