Today is May 21, 2019

Verse of the Day — Luke 16:23

In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment . . .


Hell is hot, dark and forever!


Most of those who die each day go straight to hell. Upon arrival, they are rudely awakened to the fact that:

  • They are in hell.

    In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. —Luke 16:23
  • Jesus is God.
  • They will be in a painful, fiery flame forever.

    And he cried out and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.” —Luke 16:24
They would do anything to be able to go back to earth and warn their friends and family, but they can’t.

I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. —Luke 16:27

Every human born on earth is born in sin (“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” —Psalm 51:5) and headed for hell.

. . . how will you escape the sentence of hell? —Matthew 23:33

Thankfully, God intervened on your behalf. Never forget what you’ve been saved from—eternal damnation in a literal fire.

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. —Matthew 10:28

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Dear Compass,

Regarding the GML about paying taxes to the corrupt United States government, how could you make so light of the question? You say we are to submit to the authority and I say it needs to be questioned or we frogs will soon be boiled! There are serious problems at hand and you make no mention of it.

Another wrote: “. . . this is a head-in-the-sand / comfort-zone approach . .  .”

Still another wrote, “This country was founded on great Christian principles, I wish it were the same today . . .”


Jesus said we are to pay taxes the government imposes. He didn’t say not to pay taxes if it were corrupt. In fact, the particular tax Jesus paid from the coin in the fish’s mouth was an illegal tax He didn’t owe but paid it anyway.

He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are exempt. However, so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.” —Matthew 17:25-27

The government in Jesus’ time, the Roman Empire, was one of the WORST governments of all time. In its worst day, the United States doesn’t hold a candle to the Roman Empire. Yet He said to pay taxes to them.

They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” —Matthew 22:21

Obviously, if the government asks us to personally violate Scripture, that’s another story.

Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” —Daniel 6:12-16

We didn’t comment on whether the government could be improved. It could be and should be. By the grace of God, we in the United States CAN change our laws and leaders. For whatever His reasons, God gave the citizens of the U.S. the freedom to choose our President. But regardless of who we choose, we are to honor him/her.

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. —Romans 13:1

There have also been several emails over the past few months that indicate a longing for the “good ol’ days.” But God says:

Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?” —Ecclesiastes 7:10

God isn’t as concerned about your circumstances as He is your response to your circumstances.


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