Today is December 13, 2018

Verse of the Day — Phillipians 3:13

. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead . . .


You can’t change the past, but you can learn from your mistakes.


To many people, this is the greatest verse in the Bible. God promises that He separates us from our sin “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). As Christians, we have the privilege of going through life without suffering as we deserve for our sins on judgment day! And He wants us to live each day knowing that all is forgiven. So when we mess up, we realize where we were wrong, thank Him for His forgiveness, move on, and try again. And never, never dwell on the past.

He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
—Psalm 103:10


Dear Compass,

My brother has become a surgically altered female. For 30 years he proclaimed Christ proudly and now says that Jesus told him he needed to “transition” to a female in order to survive. He has had many adulterous affairs with men and women; yet he still claims to be following Christ. He declares that God loves him/her just as he is.

This is tearing our families apart. He has grown children, a wife, mother and sisters. We maintained a loving yet Biblically truthful correspondence with him until he decided to cut off all communication because we “don’t really understand what the Bible says.”

They have been married for over 30 years. Do you still advise his wife to remain in the marriage? Don’t you think this is an exception to your “no divorce” stance? What about when Paul tells us not even to eat with an unrepentant immoral sinner? (1 Corinthians 5:11)


It is highly unlikely that your brother is a believer and more likely that a demon told him he “needed to transition.”

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. —2 Corinthians 11:14

It certainly wasn’t the Lord. Therefore, if your brother desires to leave his wife, let him leave.

And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, let her not send her husband away. —1 Corinthians 7:13

Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. —1 Corinthians 7:15

There is a difference between separating yourself physically from an abusive or threatening situation (which might apply in this case) and seeking a divorce. A believer should never instigate “divorce” against their spouse for any reason, even difficult circumstances. God says He hates divorce (no exceptions in the Church Age/post Acts 2).

“For I hate divorce,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong,” says the LORD of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.” —Malachi 2:16

She has vowed to stay married for better or worse. Unfortunately, she got “worse.” But God is fully in control. He may or may not sovereignly change her circumstances in this life, but He will reward her openly on Judgment Day for putting His will above her own.

God can still make this work out for good. If her husband does come to true faith, God will make him a new creation in Christ and can make “all things work together for good.” (Romans 8:28)

1 Corinthians 5:11 does not apply (“But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one.”) because later the Bible says:

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband. —1 Corinthians 7:14

Marriage takes precedence, so if he wants her to remain married, she should take that as a God-given opportunity to be used by God in his life . . . without pointing out his obvious despicable sin.

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, —1 Peter 3:1


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