Your Actions Matter 1 Kings 13:18

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“He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.”

“He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.”

A troubling story is found in this verse about an older prophet who influenced a younger prophet to do wrong. God told this young prophet to go and testify against king Jeroboam of his sins, and when he was done, he was to go back to his home another way. Sadly, this older prophet went to the young prophet and asked him to come to his house to eat with him. When the young prophet heard the invitation, he told the older prophet what God had told him. The troubling part about this older prophet is that he lied to the young prophet and said that God had spoken to him as well and that God said it was okay for this young prophet to come to his home and dine with him. The young prophet’s disobedience caused him to lose his life, and it caused Jeroboam to turn back to his sinful lifestyle to his detriment.

Compromise, no matter how little it may seem, will always destroy future generations. The sad part about this story is that the old prophet continued to live, but the young prophet lost his life. The lie and compromise of the older prophet didn't affect him as much as it did the younger prophet. Imagine how many more lives could have been touch with God’s message had this younger prophet not been influenced by the older prophet to compromise. We will never know what could have happened to Israel had this younger prophet not compromised, but the compromise goes back to the older prophet’s influence.

All compromise starts small. Your actions always influence the younger generation to go further than you will ever go. You may think that you can control your compromise, but it will always be taken further by the next generation. I could point out scores of preachers who never dreamed that they would have become who they are, but it all started with a little movement in the wrong way. What many of these preachers never considered is the directional choice they pointed others to go. Compromise’s directional choice, no matter how small, always points the next generation to worldliness and destruction. You will find that when you take a small step, the next generation will take a big step. I have watched preachers who thought they could handle reading false perversions of the Bible, but today they have completely left the King James Bible. I know that you think you can take in the good and spit out the bones, but you will find that if you don't choke on the bones, the next generation will not only choke on those bones of false doctrine and worldliness, but they will die from those bones. My friend, every action you take will influence the next generation for good or bad.

Moreover, you may come back, but the next generation rarely comes back. The sad thing I have seen throughout the three decades plus that I have been preaching is that many who have compromised came back, but those they influenced during their compromise have never come back. If you don't want to lose a future generation, never consider one step of compromise. You may be able to handle your compromise, and you may come back once you realized you were wrong, but those you influenced while you were living in compromise will likely never become what you know they should be. Never consider compromise if you don't want to be the cause of the next generation suffering the consequences of your compromise. 

Dr. Allen Domelle


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