Item description for The Great Compromise: And How Christians Can Avoid Living on Both Sides of the Fence. (Allen David Books) by Greg Laurie...
Overview Greg Laurie is a fresh voice for today's believers offering tangible ways to stay spiritually pure in an impure world. Through keen insights and contemporary examples, Laurie explores the lures we face as Christians and explains how the choices we make affect our walk with Jesus.
Publishers Description These are just a few of the countless strong messages flashed before Christians daily. We want to live effective Christian lives-yet the lure of life on the edge is still there. Temptation. Idolatry. Immorality. Adultery. Our minds are repeatedly assaulted with hundreds of ways to take a little off here, a little off there....until biblical truth and values are completely eroded. With each small step, each subtle compromise, we're drawn further from Christ and closer to the abyss of spiritual failure. There is that last little push-that one last compromise- The Great Compromise....the one we can't pull out of.Is there hope? Is there help? Greg Laurie says, "Yes " In The Great Compromise, he exposes Satan's favorite ploys to pull Christian's away from their faith and explains how each of us can take measures to avoid common pitfalls. This encouraging message for today also offers a way back for those who have found themselves ensnared. "Once you understand how compromise works," says the author, " it will change your spiritual life "
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 2008
Publisher ALLEN DAVID BOOKS/KERYGMA PUB
Series Allen David Books
ISBN 097624005X ISBN13 9780976240051
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More About Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine California. In 1990, Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since that time, more than 5,242,000 people have attended Harvest Crusades events around the United States, and in Australia and New Zealand. More importantly, more than 439,900 people have registered professions of faith through these outreaches. Greg and his wife Cathe have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan, and five grandchildren.
Greg Laurie currently resides in Riverside Riverside, in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Great Compromise?
Book Ahead of Its Time Dec 16, 2006
I read this book about a decade ago when it first came out. Several months ago, I ran across the book in a box and reread it.
After seeing the apostasy tsunami of the "seeker sensitive" movement since that time, the book struck me as having incredible relevance. The book is all about compromise and how easy it is for Christians to take the path of least resistance. Satan is always trying to derail Christians and over the past decades, pastors have been particularly under attack.
Not preaching truth but making people feel good about themselves is probably the biggest compromise pastors are making today. Pastors such as Rick Warren and Joel Osteen immediately come to mind, although there are countless others. We are loving people right into hell because Christians are afraid of rejection and not being popular with the world. Mother Teresa did the same things in Calcutta: She did many wonderful things caring for physical needs but never encouraged those people to turn from their pagan religions and embrace the truth of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Laurie also takes the "compromise" aspect to our personal lives and how Christians who were once on fire can get off track and cave in to pressures and temptations. Very convicting because even the strongest Christians have their moments. Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.
This book deserves a renewed look because the topic is timeless and a daily challenge for every Christian.
A Wake Up Call Jan 17, 2006
The author posits that most Christians abandon their faith through a series of small compromises with the world, rather than through one spectacular sin. He details some of those compomises, as well as some of the ways the devil undermines us, and what we can do about it.
The author discusses at length Lot and the cities of the plain, but I am unsure how he arrives at some of his conclusions. I am no biblical scholar, so they may be perfectly valid conclusions, but I wish he had explained his reasoning. For example, the author says Abraham and Lot went their separate ways because Lot was a spiritual drag on Abraham, and relied too much on him, instead of cultivating his own relationship with God. As I read it in Genesis 18 & 19, they split up because of a scarcity of pasture for their kine. Again, the author says that Lot was attracted by the glamorous civilization of Egypt, which he preferred to rural life, and that he chose to go to Sodom because it reminded him of Egypt. I understood it was because there was much greenery in the direction of Sodom and Lot thought it would be good pasturage.
In the prologue, the author uses the example of a man going out for a beer with his non-Christian friends as a compromise. I could not tell if the author was advocating teetotalism or warning against the dangers of excessive drinking. Alternately, he could have been warning against the dangers of bad company, if the friends were inclined to bawdiness or making disparaging remarks about religion.
Finally, although this is very subjective, I felt the author spent too much time on the "larger" sexual sins, and hardly any time on the truly insidious and gradual sins such as pride, envy, bad company, anger.
In brief, while there was some good stuff here, I got much more out of The Screwtape Letters, which also discusses the nature of temptation but in a more balanced way.
The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions. May 17, 2001
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions or at least with thousands of tiny compromises. Not too long ago in a church not too far away from where I live, a pastor was forced to resign and was eventually arrested for embezeling church funds. I know of people who are Christians, but are constantly swearing, getting into trouble, bickering, brawling, etc. How many times do you do something you know is wrong then look back afterwards and wonder, how could I have fallen so low? These are some of the troubling issues that Greg Laurie examines in THE GREAT COMPROMISE.
The thesis is quite simple. People don't fall out of a relationship with God all at once. It happens slowly over time; week by week, day by day, moment by moment. Each day we are faced with hundreds, perhaps even thousands of decisions. In each one of those decisions we can choose to press out the best of that decision and give our utmost for His highest or we can choose less than the best and compromise. Oh, it won't hurt if I travel twenty-five miles over the speed limit, everyone else is going thiry miles over. I really feel terrible today, but I'm going to act like everything is dandy. This one little lie won't hurt, after all I'm not hurting anyone. The scenarios are endless, but the consequences are the same. Slowly but surely we make little compromises that end up leading us to fall away from God. Laurie explores some of those decisions and scenarios and gives Biblically-based advice on what we can do to keep from making the Great Compromise.
Great Compromise Dec 12, 2000
I received a free copy from BGEA and have purchased 2 copies since then. This is a great book that absolutely outlines how easy it is to fall into the trap of compromise. It is a must read for teenagers and adults alike. I wish I had read this when I was a young woman. I have given all my copies away and am really interested in obtaining another written copy.
Hits the Nail on the Head Dec 21, 1999
Greg Laurie is a person who delivers the message of the gospel, and the word of God, straight from the Bible. He does it with humor, with compassion, and as a true servant of God, not misrepresenting scripture in any way. I could barely put this great book down, in spite of the fact I found myself convicted up one side and down the other from time to time. But then, as Christians, this is one way we grow. I recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to strengthen their Christian walk, an excellent guide for all of us.