The Devil is a great compromiser, and if he can get us to compromise the truth, he is well pleased with that accomplishment. When Moses was preparing to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage, the devil tried to make some compromises with him (Exodus 8-10). We can learn a great deal (Romans 15:4) by studying these compromises offered to Moses as the same compromises are being offered to God’s people today. Let us look at them in this article.

THE COMPROMISE OF REMAINING IN THE WORLD – EXODUS 8:25 – Notice that Pharaoh was willing for them to worship, but only if they would do it “…in the land.” They were not to go out of Egypt. The devil has no objection to us worshiping, just as long as we do not do it as the Lord’s church. He deludes people into thinking that it doesn’t really make any difference, but the truth is, it really does make a difference how we worship God (John 4:24). Worship, according to the commandments of men, is vain worship (Matthew. 15:8, 9). Notice how Moses met this compromise. He said they would sacrifice as the Lord commanded
(Exodus 8:26, 27). Like Moses, we must take heed lest we sacrifice the abomination of the sectarians to the Lord our God. Moses was not going to offer just any sacrifice to the Lord
(Exodus 8:27). He would not offer to God in worship that which God did not authorize. We, too, must be guided by the commands of the Lord, because He is the one to be worshiped and to be pleased with the worship (Hebrews 8:5).

THE COMPROMISE OF LUKEWARMNESS – EXODUS 8:28 – When Pharaoh saw that Moses was determined to go he said, “…only ye shall not go very far away,” (Exodus 8:28).
How familiar that sounds. When we enter the church the devil does not want us to go “very far”. He would like for us to keep one foot, at least, in the world. If we must be in the church, the devil wants us to be “worldly Christians.” He wants us to believe there is no harm in missing the assemblies, putting things of the world first. He wants us to believe there is no harm in “innocent,” immodest dress. He wants us to believe there is no harm in “social drinking”. He wants us to believe there is no harm in gambling. If the devil can get us to compromise in these areas, he knows he has us. The Lord has a lot of enemies in the church. They are the friends of the world, and a friend of the world is an enemy of God (James 4:4; Titus 2:11, 12; 1 John 2:15-17). True Christians keep themselves out of worldly, compromising activities (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

THE COMPROMISE OF UNDEDICATED FAMILIES – EXODUS 10:8-10 – Again the devil offered another compromise to Moses when he said, “…go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD.” Did you catch that? The men could go, but they were to leave their little ones. The devil doesn’t want us to “bring” our children “up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). He wants us to “leave” the little ones. We hear:

“They are too young to go.”
“They have too much home-work to do.”
“They have a ball-game, and they can’t let the team down.”

If the devil can get us to compromise in these matters he knows he has won. The devil does not want us to teach the Word of God to our children. If dad and mom must study the Bible that is “all right”; but don’t bother the children. After all, he says, “the Bible is too hard for them to understand” (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Judges 2:7-10). The church needs members like Moses who said they would “…go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters” (Exodus 10:9). The children of today are the church of tomorrow. For this to be the case, they must be brought up in the faith (Joshua 24:14, 15; 2 Timothy 3:14-17). We should teach them by precept and example (1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:13).

THE COMPROMISE OF UNDEDICATED LIVELIHOODS – EXODUS 10:24 – Notice the devil offered his last compromise in saying “…Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed.” If the devil can just get us to leave our “stuff,” he has us. We can go to every service, including Bible Study, but do not use our possessions to advance the kingdom of heaven. We pile up money in the bank, but do not put it to work for the salvation of souls. If the devil can get us to think this way, he has us just where he wants us, because he has our hearts (Matthew 6:21).

Notice how Moses met this. He made no compromise with Pharaoh (Exodus 10:26). Therein is the spirit that will take man to heaven. We must lay everything we have at the feet of the Master. All that we are, and all that we have, is to be given as a sacrifice unto the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:1-5). I know it takes money to buy food, clothing, and shelter; but are we really purposing in our hearts when we give on the first day of the week? (1 Corinthians 16:2). The only money we are really saving is what we are putting into the work of the Lord (Matthew 6:19, 20; 1 Timothy 6:10, 17-19).

We need to be careful that we do not make any compromises with the devil, because he will ensnare us and destroy our souls (1 Peter 5:8).