Is it OK for a Christian to Compromise with Sin So As to Do What He Thinks Is Right?

Sin is a very sly thing. It convinces people that it's OK to do it, that there's nothing wrong when it's done. But is it really OK to compromise with sin? Furthermore, is it OK to compromise with sin if we think it will have a beneficial outcome?

Let's talk about that.

A very thin lining

This is a very tricky subject, the idea of compromising with sin in order to accomplish something that we deem "right." Many Christians often compromise with sin for various reasons. Let me give you some examples:

  • Some think it's OK not to return a borrowed item to its rightful owner. After all, the owner doesn't use that item anyway, and maybe "the borrower can put it to good use"
  • There are some who make stories up in order for them to avoid responsibility for a wrong deed; after all, they've always been "good," and they made that mistake just once – why pay such a high price when it was just a mistake and I think I can get away with it?
  • there are some who would justify the killing of criminals; after all, they are "mere criminals and bad people anyway."

These and many other compromises sound "justifiable" to some people. Do they sound justifiable to you? If you said yes to that, let me tell you something:

Sin is sin, and no matter what the motive is, sin will always be sin.

No compromise

Friends, sin is sin no matter what the reason we use to justify it. Abortion, for example, is still the killing of unborn babies no matter how much we try to explain it away as "freedom of choice." Cursing and foul words will always be speaking ill of others, no matter how much we would like to call it our "right to freedom of expression" of say "I'm just being honest."

That said, I would like to make it clear to all that the Bible doesn't change its stance based on our motives. The Word of God is THE Word of God. Sin is always sin – it will never be a remedy or a solution to a problem.

Answered question

Now this brings me to the question asked by the title of this article. Are we excused from sin's consequences because we think what we are doing or intending to do is right? Let Paul's words tell us the answer:

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may increase? God forbid! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? ... What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid!" (Romans 6:1-2, 15)

Friends, God doesn't want us to commit any sin, for any reason whatsoever (see John 8:11). He is holy and wants us to be holy (see 1 Peter 1:16). He is righteous and wants us to be righteous as well (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). We ought to live to please Him, no matter how difficult it may be (see Ephesians 5:10; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4).

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