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Sermon: The Tension Between "No Compromise" and "Inclusivity."

Introduction


Today, we'll explore the tension between two principles that often come into conflict in our modern world: "No Compromise" and "Inclusivity." We'll examine how this tension manifests in Christian organizations and faith-based initiatives and what the Bible teaches us about navigating this complex issue.


The Principle of "No Compromise"


Scripture is very clear that our foundation should be built on unshakeable truths.


*"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock."* (Matthew 7:24)


Breakdown


Christ calls us to build our lives upon His teachings, likening His words to a solid rock. Any structure built on a strong foundation is resistant to compromise and capable of withstanding challenges.


The Notion of "Inclusivity"


*"For God shows no partiality."* (Romans 2:11)


Breakdown


In Romans, Paul speaks to the universality of God's judgment and, by extension, His inclusive love for all humanity. However, Paul does not suggest compromising foundational truths to achieve this inclusivity.


Real-world Applications: The Case of AA


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provides an interesting case study. Originating from a Christian framework, AA has moved towards a more inclusive definition of a "Higher Power," leading to debates about its efficacy.


The Biblical Stance


*"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."* (Romans 12:2)


Breakdown


Paul warns us against conforming to the world's ever-changing standards. The objective is to stay true to God's will, even if it conflicts with contemporary ideals of inclusivity.


Striking a Balance


*"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."* (Ephesians 5:15-16)


Breakdown


Paul calls us to wisdom in navigating the complexities of our times. He doesn't instruct us to compromise, but he does encourage discernment.


Salvation: The Ultimate "No Compromise"


*"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"* (John 14:6)


Breakdown


When it comes to Salvation, Jesus is unequivocal. There's no room for compromise or alternative routes. 100% of Biblical truth applies here.


Conclusion


While inclusivity has merits in a pluralistic society, our core tenets, especially concerning Salvation, are immutable and not subject to compromise. As we navigate the tension between these principles, let us hold fast to the Biblical truths handed down.


*"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter."* (2 Thessalonians 2:15)


May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.


Amen.



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