“IF IT BE POSSIBLE…”
“If it be possible, as much as is in you lieth, be at peace with all men”. (Rom. 12:8). This passage teaches that it is not always possible to be at peace with all men. “Peace at any price” is a dangerous principle and should not be practiced by Christians. It will sabotage the truth and lead the church into apostasy. As Christians, we should be willing to sacrifice opinions to be at peace with all men, but we should never compromise truth and duty. No, not for a minute. We must “earnestly contend for the faith”. (Jude 3).
To compromise is to be hypocritical. Someone has said, “I had rather be rudely sincere than to be hypocritically polite”. Certainly that statement is in harmony with God’s Word, for Paul said, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Rom. 12:9).
-The Gospel Messenger