Today is January 4, 2019

Verse of the Day — Proverbs 15:22

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.


Seek advice from wise and trustworthy people.


Getting good counsel from those we trust helps lessen the risk of failure, regardless of the size of the project. They can view the project from other perspectives, giving advice without being influenced by the “heat of the moment.” The Bible even implores leaders to get advice before going to war.

What king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough . . . —Luke 14:31

Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. —Proverbs 11:14

So, when important decisions are needed, seek counsel from the most Christ-centered and Biblically astute people you can find.


Dear Compass,

Our pastor of 20 years recently resigned over being caught in an adulterous relationship. He seems unrepentant and has moved away from his family and into an apartment with his girlfriend. How could a man who has faithfully taught the Bible so many years do something like that?


The Bible says Satan prowls about seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). No one is immune to being tempted by Satan or his army, not even Jesus (Matthew 4:1). That’s why the Lord’s Prayer, our “template” for all our prayers, includes, “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” So it’s no wonder we are advised to pray for one another (including church leadership):

. . . pray for one another . . . the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. —James 5:16

If your pastor remains unrepentant, it is possible that he may fall under “sin leading to death,” “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved” (1 John 5:16, 1 Corinthains 5:5). Obviously, God does not invoke this often or we would all be dead. But that is a possibility in this situation.

Also realize that a Godly man doesn’t wake up one day and commit adultery. It begins with a single, seemingly insignificant compromise, then a series of compromises, and then the final “act” is a very small step. And many, many Godly men are targeted by the Evil One to compromise their teaching. Usually, the better the teacher, the more targeted and the more the teacher has to be fully yielded to God’s leading and direction in order not to get tripped up.


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Answers to questions in GML are intended to be supplementary and in the spirit of Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, and 26:26, which calls for believers to seek counsel from more than one person. Therefore, it is not recommended that any decision be based solely on GML’s answer, but rather it be considered one of several counselors when determining a course of action.

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