“O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy; ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth, and say, What is done?”
In the verse above, the inhabitants of Aroer are warned to espy or observe those who are fleeing, and those who escape the sword. They are told to espy and ask, “What is done?” Aroer was the next city that would be invaded, and this warning was so that they would learn when the armies would come their way so that they could escape the sword.
Though this verse is talking about a city watching the other cities and learning, I believe there is a principle here that every believer should apply to their life. Sadly, many believers go through their walk with the LORD and never see the changes of compromise. I am always amazed how people just go along with the changes that lead to wrong without any pushback to those who make the changes. I believe the reason this happens is because most people are so aloof as to what is going on because they never “espy” the actions that are going on in their churches.
Someone once asked me, “Bro. Domelle, how did you see the changes happen before everyone else?” This question was from a preacher who at one point thought I was too critical of the changes of a place. Once this place made their complete change, this preacher realized that I saw something he didn’t see. The reason I saw this was because I was willing to ask myself the hard questions and give myself the honest answers as to what was going on in this place. There are four principles you must follow if you are going to espy compromising changes.
First, don’t give anyone blanket trust. One of the greatest mistakes many people make is they give someone their complete trust. Let me warn you that nobody should be given complete trust because everyone is capable of compromising. You must always keep one eye open on everyone to be sure that the direction they are headed is the same direction of the old paths. When you give someone blanket trust, you will always follow them into compromising changes. Always beware of the preacher who reprimands you to stop questioning every change he makes. Compromise happens when nobody questions the compromiser as to why their direction and changes are scriptural.
Second, be aware of changes happening. Let me ask, do you accept every change as good? If someone believes their change is not changing direction, they won’t mind answering questions as to why they made a change. Only those who what to change the spiritual DNA of a church will shame those who are inquisitive about the changes happening.
Third, learn from the changes in history and see where they ended. History is a great teacher, but sadly many don’t learn from history. Every change has history, and you would be wise to see where the changes being made took those who made those changes. Change for the sake of change is foolish. You should always see where changes take someone before embracing them as good changes.
My friend, I am not at all telling you to be constantly critical of a preacher. What I am telling you is to always keep your eyes open to what is happening. Be aware of changes and see the direction of those changes. If those changes take you in a wrong direction, you would be wise to get into a church that is directionally going the right way.