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Unmixed Devotion

Joy Compromise (Convictions) Carnality

Source: Youtube

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Contributed By: Matt Guldi | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Romans 8:6 ; 1 Corinthians 10:21

Author: Francis Chan
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ILLUSTRATION

Many people love Jesus but they also love the sin of the world. Because they dabble in both, they are miserable. It's like loving lemonade and frappuccino and drinking from both instead of one or the other. It will make you sick. Loving the world and loving God will make you miserable.

APPLICATION

Some drinks can be mixed, just as some interests can compliment one another. But some mixtures are so contradictory that to mix them is to create something that's noxious. The interests of the world and the interests of God can't be mixed.

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too ..." (1 Corinthians 10:21).

"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace" (Romans 8:6, NLT).

Preaching Shakespeare

Preaching Word of God Compromise (Convictions)

Source: 30 DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE by Max Anders, p. 283.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-30

Scripture: Psalms 119:20 ; 2 Timothy 4:2

Author: Max Anders
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ILLUSTRATION

Max Anders, in his book 30 DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, shares this story from the life of W.A. Criswell, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.

He and a friend of his visited a church one Sunday morning, and the preacher was preaching from Shakespeare. After the service was over, Criswell and his friend went up to the minister and said, “Sir, we think that in a church a minister ought to preach from the Bible.”

The minister replied, “Oh, I preach from the Bible. In fact, I preached from it last year, but I finished it, and so this year I am preaching from Shakespeare.”

​[Max Anders, is a former college seminary professor, who has pastored for over twenty years. He is the author of over twenty books and was the creator and general editor of the 32 volume Holman Bible Commentary series.]

APPLICATION

There is no coming to the end of the preaching the Gospel to God's people. The work of the Word of God in the lives of people doesn't end until the work of God in the lives of people has come to an end.

"My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times" (Psalm 119:20).

"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2).

Re-engineering The Truth

Truth Compromise (Convictions) Preaching

Source: “How Does Your Gas Gauge Really Work? Why That First Half-Tank Seems To Last Forever” by Terry Shea for AOL Autos, posted Dec 14, 1010

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-08-27

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3

Author: Terry Shea for AOL Autos
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ILLUSTRATION

Terry Shea, writing for AOL Autos, attempts to dispel the mystery of the ever inaccurate, auto gas gauge:

Have you ever noticed that your gas gauge stays on full for quite a while before the needle even moves, and then it moves faster and faster as it approaches empty? And then when it gets to 'E' it sort of stays there for a while until the low warning light comes on …?

It turns out it’s partially your fault that gas gauges work that way.

The engineers calibrate them to do that. Why? Because you, the customer, have told them that’s the way you like it. We spoke with Phil Pierron, an engineer at Ford (his title is actually “Technical Expert for Systems Engineering in Core Fuel Systems), who told us, “Our customers really didn’t want to run out of fuel when they hit 'E.' Customers do want some amount of fuel when they get to 'E.'"

Apparently, consumer surveys indicate that people don’t like seeing the needle depart from “F” right away either .... According to Pierron, “Customers want it to stay on full for an amount of time.” This gives them the illusion that they are getting better fuel mileage or at least not immediately burning through that expensive tank of petrol they just bought, even if they quite literally are. …

And while customers want there to be a “reserve” of gasoline available when they reach the empty mark … they don’t want too much of a reserve. Otherwise, they will complain that their 20-gallon tank only takes 15 gallons when filling up from empty. Apparently, there is a sweet spot where customers are happy to be fooled by their gas gauges, but not too much. We customers sure are a fickle bunch.

The engineer’s job should be to make things more accurate and efficient, but in this case he has to play psychologist to keep customers happy.

What could possibly be more straight forward than a gas gauge? You'd think people would be thrilled to have one that simply provided them with accurate information. Not so in our "have it your way" world.

APPLICATION

Most pastors today can identify with the pressure to accommodate an increasingly fickle clientele.

To suggest that it is challenging in an age of relativism and theological compromise to preach the absolute, uncompromising truths of the Gospel is a gross understatement. Sadly, too many of us have succumbed to the pressure to accommodate the customer. Or put another way, we lie to them!

We present a re-engineered Gospel with no trials to endure, none of the sufferings of Christ to share, no call to humility or sacrifice, and certainly no coming judgment. These pulpits strive for that "sweet spot where customers are happy to be fooled" by their ministers.

"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear" (2 Timothy 4:3).

No Donuts At The Donut Shop

Devotion Integrity Compromise (Convictions)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-02

Scripture: 1 John 2:15

Author: Patrick Ronan / Illustration Exchange
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Of Sheep, Goats, and Geeps

God's Judgment Unbelief Compromise (Convictions)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Scripture: Matthew 25:31

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Breach In the Great Wall

Integrity Compromise (Convictions) Morality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Scripture: Proverbs 10:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Cockroach Theology

Compromise (Convictions) Defile/Defilement Doctrine-Sound

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-14

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3 ; Titus 1:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Supermarket Cereal

Church Health/Growth Grace Compromise (Convictions)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-13

Author: Chuck Swindoll/Illustration Exchange
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Standing in the Face of Prosperity

Prosperity Testing Compromise (Convictions)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-06

Scripture: Matthew 6:24

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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Turning An Atheist Worldview Upside Down

Atheism Worldview Compromise (Convictions)

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2014-01-19

Scripture: Romans 1:25

Author: Unknown
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