Today is January 1, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 John 4:1

Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


Just because you heard it on TV, the radio, or read it in print doesn’t mean it’s true.


There are many false teachers in the world—often quoting Scripture and sounding like Godly men (or women). God warns us to be careful not to believe everything we hear. Here are several verses warning us:

See to it that no ones takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception. —Colossians 2:8

. . . deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:13

. . . Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. —2 Corinthians 11:14

. . . impostors will proceed {from bad} to worse, deceiving . . . —2 Timothy 3:13

For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation. —Jude 4

EVERYTHING we are taught should be tested against Scripture.

. . . they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, {to see} whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11

. . . examine everything {carefully}; hold fast to that which is good; —1 Thessalonians 5:21


Dear Compass,

What about pastors who smoke, can’t wait until the end of the sermon so they can get outside for a smoke, always have that tobacco smell all over them?


Pastors are sinners too. A pastor who smokes is not much different than a pastor who is overweight. The more important questions should be whether his doctrine is sound and whether he has a shepherd’s heart. We would take a doctrinally sound pastor who smokes any day over one who looks, sounds and smells good but teaches non-dispensational doctrines.

“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” —Matthew 7:3-5



Dear Compass,

My brother married a lovely lady from another country who has no religious background. She has also made it clear that was the way she wanted it. I have been working with my brother on his Christian walk, but now he has shelved all of his spiritual growth. HELP!


Your situation, unfortunately, is why the Bible warns us against marrying a non-Christian.

Do not be bound together with unbelievers . . . what fellowship has light with darkness? —2 Corinthians 6:14

It’s like saying to Satan, “Come on in and have a direct influence in my life.” So it’s not surprising that the non-Christian seems to be winning the spiritual battle, at least for the moment.

Your two prayer points should be, in the order of importance, (1) for her salvation and (2) for his Christian growth and maturity. Those are the only things that will make a difference.

God may or may not answer your salvation prayer for the wife with the answer you want, underscoring the extreme importance of the above verse admonishing us not to marry unbelievers. Which means a Believer should never, ever, under any circumstance get romantically involved with a non-believer.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. —James 4:7


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