Today is July 18, 2019

Verse of the Day — Romans 16:17-18

. . . keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them . . . by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.


Just because it sounds good doesn’t mean it’s true.


According to Acts 17:11, everything you’re taught must be tested against the pure word of God, in context. Quoting a rogue verse to prove a point, when it flat contradicts dozens of other verses, is the hallmark of a false teacher and deceiver. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11

God has strong language for those bent on distorting God’s word:

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. — 2 Peter 2:1

It’s also interesting to note that the future anti-christ, the ultimate deceiver, uses the same “smooth” word tactics:

By smooth words (the anti-christ) will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant . . . —Daniel 11:32

. . . (the anti-christ) will speak monstrous things . . . —Daniel 11:36


Dear Compass,

I have a friend who believes that Christians should claim good health. There is a verse that says, “I would that you were of good health.” My friend is in horrible health, but he claims that he is healthy. He also claims that he will one day receive a million dollars because of the verse which says, “Ask and it shall be given unto you.” Is this true?


This pitifully ridiculous theology, often referred to as “Name it and claim it,” has no biblical basis. God many times uses sickness in our lives as a positive thing. Paul said:

. . . to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! —2 Corinthians 12:7

The verse you referred to, 3 John 2, does not mean that you can pray to get well and God HAS to heal you. God can do what He wants. You don’t direct God, God directs you (if you’re smart). Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. —3 John 2

The million dollars is unlikely to happen because the Bible also says:

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives . . . —James 4:3

But don’t be too hard on this guy. He was simply taught wrong. And his teachers will be held accountable on Judgment Day.

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment. —James 3:1


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