Compromised Worship

moses before pharaoh
(Exodus 8:26)  And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?

Here, Moses has already begun the task of going to Pharaoh and demanding that he let Israel go. So far, God has sent four judgments to Egypt. The first three affected everyone, but now they are beginning to only affect the Egyptians. It is after this fourth plague, the plague of flies, that Pharaoh offers his first of four compromises to Moses and Israel. As I read Moses’ reply, it led me to think about the compromise many churches are making today in the name of worship.

Many pastors are leading their congregation to make changes in how they conduct their church services in the name of reaching the lost. This compromise led to the spiritual downfall of many churches, in spite of the fact that attendance figures are up, and popularity is on the rise.

What is needed today are some Moses’ who will recognize the choice to be “culturally relevant” or “missional” for what it is: a worldly compromise. Moses recognized that if they took Pharaoh’s deal and worshiped there in Egypt that not only would God not be pleased, but the Egyptians would see right through it and want to stone them. May we all recognize that compromised worship will not reach the lost nor will it please God.

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