Today is June 19, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Corinthians 2:14

A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them . . .


Non-Christians cannot understand the Bible.


The reason we have any understanding at all of God’s word is because the Holy Spirit, living in us, discloses His truth to us.

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. —John 16:13

The natural man, or unsaved man/woman, does not have the Spirit of God living inside and therefore has no spiritual discernment or understanding.

. . . whenever Moses (scripture) is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. —2 Corinthians 3:15-16

. . . the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things . . . —John 14:26

So, when you see a non-Christian trying to figure out the Bible, or eternal things, realize they CAN’T understand what you know.

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. —2 Timothy 2:24-26


Dear Compass,

Some of my friends belong to a group that does not believe women should cut their hair, wear jewelry, or wear slacks. They, of course, are quoting the writings of Paul to prove their point: 1 Timothy 2:9, “women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.” Is this infallible scripture or merely customs of the day?


The scripture is indeed infallible, but the context of that verse is being distorted. It simply means that a woman’s adornment emphasis should not be on the external, but the internal. The following verse shows that intended emphasis by continuing the thought, “but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.

Braided hair, gold, pearls, or expensive clothes are not in themselves wrong. But overemphasis on them may represent misplaced values.

Women should not dress in such a way as to draw attention to themselves through immodest dress, showy clothing, or extremely wild hair. 1 Peter 3:3 uses some of the same words: “braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry,” but then continues to say that your dress should, in effect, NOT stop at just that, but also, “let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

There is nothing wrong with trying to look your best or wearing nice clothes at appropriate times. Remember, Jesus had a very nice coat made without a seam. Nice enough that the soldiers cast lots to see who would get it!

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS. —John 19:23-24

Wearing pants by women is not prohibited in scripture. Deuteronomy 22:5 says a “woman shall not wear a man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing.” The Hebrew word used there is the same Hebrew word used in Leviticus 18:22 where it states God detests homosexuality. Therefore, in proper context, a man is not to try to look like a woman, and a woman is not to try to look like a man (transvestism).


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