There must be no holding back to please one person, no rushing forward to satisfy another, no moving an inch even to gratify the whole community. O brethren, if you go in for pleasing everybody, you have indeed set yourselves a task!
The toils of Sisyphus and the labours of Hercules are nothing to this! We must not flatter men; we must speak plain words, and words which conscience will approve. If we please men, we shall displease our Lord; so that success in our self-imposed task would be fatal to our eternal interests. In trying to please men, we shall not even succeed in pleasing ourselves.
(Spurgeon from…An All Round Ministry)
One writer said…“Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another, too often ending in the loss of both.”
There is a time to do as others wish, and a time to refuse.
But Peter and the apostles answered,
“We must obey God rather than men.
*Emphasis Mine, Pictures Not Mine