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  • Allen Domelle

Seeking Peace with the Enemy

Deuteronomy 23:6

Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Balaam is the poster boy of compromise. It was Balaam who yoked up with the Moabites to curse Israel all for the sake of money. It was money that lured Balaam in, and it was money that he was more in love with than with truth.

God said that Israel was not to seek to make peace with the Ammonite or the Moabite. In other words, seeking peace with these people would be seeking peace with the enemy. It was these people who wanted to destroy Israel, and to seek peace with the enemy was to accept their own death.

The command not to seek peace with the compromiser was a command not to seek peace with the enemy. Compromising is an attack against truth; therefore, anyone who embraces the attack against truth is a compromiser, and to seek peace with them is to accept that you are willing to change just to have peace.

Peace is not what we should seek for, but truth is what we should desire to hold high. To seek peace at any cost means that you will accept compromise, which is the enemy of truth. There must never be compromise in the vocabulary of the believer. To accept compromise means you must leave truth to be at peace.

There are many in our day who would rather accept compromise to be at peace than to fight for the truth. Jude 1:2 still says, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Many don't like the word contend because to contend means someone must fight. Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7, I have fought a good fight,… You cannot contend for the faith without having to fight for truth, which means you will not be at peace with those who have compromised. There are two thoughts I want you to remember.

First, accepting compromise always destroys future generations. All it takes for truth to be silent is for one generation to compromise for the sake of peace. If you love your children and want them to enjoy the blessings of God, then compromise must never be an option. You must remember that once you start the move to compromise, you have accepted the position of change, which means you will never stop changing. Nobody has ever stopped changing who accepted one step of compromise.

Second, you are not a bad person if you fight for truth. Let me ask: are you afraid to fight that which would hurt your child? Do you hate and fight drugs because you know drugs will hurt your child? Let me be very clear that fighting against compromise is fighting for your children to enjoy God’s blessings because they follow truth. If truth is your love, you will hate anything that will hurt it, and it will cause you to fight against anyone that is attacking truth.

Now, I am not saying that you should go around fighting people, but I am saying we need a generation of believers who love truth so much that they are not afraid to fight for it. Making peace with compromise is always a decision for destruction. Always make truth your love and focus and making peace with compromise will never be considered.


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