According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, the noun compromise can mean: 1) a settlement in which each side gives up some demands or makes concessions, 2) a) an adjustment of opposing principles, systems, etc. by modifying some aspects of each b) the result of such an adjustment, 3) something midway between two other things in quality, effect, etc., or 4) a) exposure, as of one’s reputation, to danger, suspicion, or disrepute b) a weakening, as of one’s principles.
The verb, to compromise, can mean: 1) to settle or adjust by concessions on both sides, 2) to lay open to danger, suspicion, or disrepute, 3) to weaken or give up (one’s principles, ideals, etc.) as for reasons of expediency, 4) Med. to weaken or otherwise impair !drugs that compromised his immune system.”
Temptation to compromise the faith is always present, for the Christian and for the Church. As long as one is in the flesh, the struggle will rage.
The time for compromise, to give in to the state when it would compel organizations to neglect, or forsake, their principles, especially on such a matter as the adoption of children by homosexual “couples,” is not now or ever (A question of compromise OneNewsNow.com). Not only would a “modification” mean a loss of credibility for the LCFS (and by extension, the LCMS), it would open wider the door for further policy changes. In addition, such action would give approval to behavior which God calls sinful.
Should the LCMS continue “business as usual” if the LCFS changes its policy in favor of the state and idly “stand by,” not only will the LCFS be compromising, so will the LCMS. Her confession will be weakened in the sight of the world, as well as among her own pastors and congregations.
Any concession by the church or a churchly organization approving of sin, or giving the impression that sinful behavior is acceptable, misrepresents Christ, profanes God’s Name, and falls under God’s judgment (Romans 1:32).