A New York family bought a ranch out west where they intended to raise cattle. So they packed up everything they owned and moved to their new home.

It wasn’t long before they were settled in and friends came to visit. One of them asked if the ranch had a name.

“Well,” said the aspiring cattleman, “I wanted to name it the Bar-J. My wife favored Suzy-Q, one son liked the Flying-W, and the other wanted the Lazy-Y. So, we’ve decided to compromise and call it the Bar-J-Suzy-Q-Flying-W-Lazy-Y Ranch.”

“So where are all your cattle?” the friends asked.

“Well, none survived the branding.”Confused Dog

There are times when compromise works well, and other times when it doesn’t work at all.

In the Christian life, it can be tempting to look at what others believe and try to appease them by diluting your own faith.

But the Word of God forbids this:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

– Galatians 1:6-8

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

– Colossians 2:6-8

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.”

– 1 Timothy 6:20,21

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;”

– 2 Peter 3:17

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

– Matthew 5:13

So don’t let Compromise imperil your faith. Stay true to Scripture. Disagree agreeably with those who challenge you. Share the proven truth of the Bible with others, holding fast to your convictions, and asking God to work in their hearts.

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