I first heard of Keith Green through his music. The anointing in the music
always inspired me to know more of who Jesus was and taste what Keith
had experienced with Him. So when I found out that there was a book about
his life I was eager to read it. No Compromise, written by his wife Melody,
allowed me the opportunity to know one of my spiritual forefathers. I
found out much more than I expected through Melodys perspective
on her husbands life.
It all started for Keith through a deep yearning for an inner peace to
fill his soul. He had grown up soul searching, looking for something spiritual.
When he met his future wife Melody, they searched together, finding dreams
without answers. They tried just about everything out there from drugs
and the mystical, to brotherhood and Jesus Freaks. No
Compromise tells of Keiths struggles to quit drugs, and the problems
of unsatisfying religions of all kinds. He had bad experience after bad
experience. Jesus was the only answer left that hadnt failed him
yet and so he asked Christ into his heart. Once Keith had made this choice
it didnt matter what it took he would follow through with his word
Music was a major piece and desire of Keiths whole life, so most
of what he did revolved around that. He started in the secular music industry
and then moved to the Christian industry. Keith longed to let everyone
he knew and those he didnt know hear and experience what he had
found in Jesus Christ. As he wrote music and lyrics, played for tens and
for thousands, he was being used mightily and powerfully by the Lord.
Passion, Truth, and the message of no compromise rang strongly
through both his words and music. Both grew rapidly as his love and desire
for the Lord grew and developedyet, Keith never settled for where
he was at, he pressed on for more and more of Christ.
As Keith met and gave his life to Jesus Christ this message rang strong
and true through both his music and voice to both Christians and non-Christians.
He poured out his heart to the lost, giving them an answer to many of
the same questions that he struggled with in looking for that missing
piece he found in Jesus. He also challenged many of those in religion
to not settle for anything but dying to thier own desires and giving it
all to Christ. There wasnt another answer for Keith. It was either
no compromise or it wasnt real.
Keiths abandonment to the Father moved Keith so much that he went
to the point of laying his music on the altar of sacrifice
to the Lord. He learned that he needed Christ to be everything and for
him to be nothing in order to let Jesus glorify Himself through Keith.
He wrote in his journal, I want to be Gods voice, full of
love, mercy and fire! But I must be dead! Keith was satisfied with
Jesus Christ, serving his best friend. It amazed me how much more meaning
the songs Keith wrote took on and went into my heart once I learned the
circumstances around which they were written.
Even through much of this Keith, like many people today, searched his
heart and the Lords to find the true meaning of life. It wasnt
until the last part of his life that he finally believed he knew what
the Lord wanted to do through him and had great vision for the lost and
dying. The more Keith gave up of himself, dying daily, Jesus was allowed
free access through him. His vision to preach the good news to the world
became much clearer. The Father laid it on Keiths heart, as well
as a few of his friends and co-laborers, to start Last Days
Ministries. This new direction satisfied all that was in Keiths
heart and all that he had yearned for in serving Jesus. Yet, little did
he know that the Lord was calling him home, having fulfilled the Lords
purpose in and through him. Nearing some of the last things he wrote in
his journal he said:
We have so much to be grateful for. The only thing we need is a
closer walk with God. We have everything else a Christian couple could
Through the Lords faithfulness in Keiths life He didnt
let things stop once the vision was taken to heart. Through the help of
Keiths wife Melody the Lord blessed Last Days Ministries and their
music, their tapes, their tracts, etc. continue today to touch many peoples
hearts and lives with the love of the Lord.
All Keith wanted was a life of pure devotion without compromise of faith
or love for Jesus and I believe that he reached his goal. No Compromise
will stir your insides, as it did mine, in such a way as to make you cry
out to the Lord to search your heart and see if there be any offensive
way within you (Psalm 139:23,24). It will cause you to reexamine your
love relationship and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. It will also
move over your spirit with a fresh breath of faith and hope to continue
on in your pursuit of the Father.
Whether youve heard this powerful message of no compromise
through Keiths music or not, you will get an appetizing taste of
it in the message of his life, through No Compromise.
Thank you Keith, for your passion, for your courage and encouragement,
and for fighting the fight, finishing the course, and keeping the faith!
For the first time in months, I awoke with peaceReal Peace. I can
seek the Lord now, for an angel from God has come to minister to me. I
love God so much, my heart overflows with quiet, gentle joy my eyes water
with tears for the peace in my soul. My faith is refreshed. My desire
to commune with God and intercede for souls is renewed with power! My
thirst for Gods word has greatly increased. The prison doors have
swung open of themselves. The shackles have fallen off tothe ground My
heart is bursting with joy and hope! Oh! I can hope again...Thank you
for helping me hang on! Keith Green, July 2, 1979