Today is October 8, 2018

Verse of the Day — Titus 2:12

. . . live sensibly, righteously and Godly in the present age . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If nothing else, use common sense!


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The admonition to use common sense is prevalent through scripture. The entire Book of Proverbs is an exercise in common sense—or living sensibly in a non-sensible world. And heeding those point-blank exhortations to Godly living is a must for all Christians. In the New Testament, young and old, men and women are exhorted to use sense in making decisions:

. . . urge the young men to be sensible; —Titus 2:6

women . . . be sensible; —Titus 2:3

Older men are to be . . . sensible . . . —Titus 2:2

Even Jesus gives us examples of how to make decisions using common sense. In Matthew 24:45-51 and Luke 12:42-48, He explains the necessity of sensible decisions if you are to be a faithful steward of all God has given you.

And when you have a situation where you can’t apply scripture, common sense should prevail.

The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps. —Proverbs 14:15


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Should Christians even vote when neither candidate is a true “Christ-like” choice? I’m thinking it’s better to not vote than to vote for a non-Christian.


ANSWER:

It’s a blessing from God that in the United States we elect our leadership, and Christians should ALWAYS VOTE for the best candidate among the choices given. Suggesting that if you didn’t get your candidate nominated you won’t vote is short-sighted, self-centered, egotistical and just what Satan wants you to do.

And if the candidate you supported did get the nomination, fair and square, wouldn’t you want the entire party to support him/her?

Think of it this way:

  • If one candidate is pro-life, even marginally, and the other is pro-abortion, we would recommend voting for the pro-life candidate. (Ps 139:13-16, Jer. 1:5, Ps. 127:3)

  • If one candidate is for a strong military and the other candidate is for continuing the apparent policy of dangerously weakening our military, we recommend you vote for the strong military candidate. (Ecc. 3:8, Deut. 20:1-4, Ps. 144:1, Ro. 13:1-7)

  • If one candidate is for strong national borders and the other candidate is for continuing to have porous borders, we recommend voting for the strong national borders. (Acts 17:26, Ex 34:12-16, Judges 3:1-7)

  • If one candidate is for preserving our capitalist constitution and way of life, and another candidate is for continuing to move toward socialism or communism, we recommend voting for the capitalist. (Is. 48:17, Prov. 14:23, Deut. 8:18, 2 Cor. 9:6)
It seems incredulous to us that someone would say that because they don’t like everything about either of the choices they’re not going to vote at all. God says we are to be a good steward of what we have. To have a chance of changing the direction of this country even in the slightest way is something we don’t deserve. (Due to things like abortion, doctrinal impurity, etc.). But even if we can’t get everything we want, we should take what good we can get. Otherwise things won’t change and will probably get worse.

Turning a big ship is only done a little at a time. But we have to begin the turn. If we don’t start, we’ll continue on the same course of ultimate destruction. We must be faithful with what God is allowing us to have so that more can be added through our faithfulness. Otherwise we’re acting like the “worthless slave” in Matt. 25:14-30.

Rather, you want to prove to be a faithful slave.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things;'” Matt. 25:23

The Bible says we’re all sinners, so do vote for the best sinner available! (Rom. 3:23)

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

I have a question concerning women. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 says that women are not to speak within the Church. Is this an absolute?

ANSWER

Let’s look at the entire sentence, which is contained in two verses:

Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says. And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. —1 Corinthians 14:34-35

The command is not to women but to married women. This is evidenced by the context of the sentence: subject themselves (submission) and to their own husbands.

In 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, the Bible says that it’s OK for women to participate in church if their heads are covered. Therefore, unmarried or widows COULD speak, pray, prophesy, etc. By commanding that a woman ask questions of her husband at home, it reinforces the teaching that the head of the family is the husband. And the husband should be leading his wife.

But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. —1 Timothy 2:12-14

Regarding 1 Corinthians 14:34, the Bible is simply teaching that married women are not to exercise authority over their husbands because women are more easily deceived. Therefore, wives are to be taught and/or have explained spiritual specifics by their husbands at home.

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QUESTION

The Apostle’s Creed says that Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried and descended into hell and after three days he rose from the dead. What does that mean, if you believe the Creed? If so, what did Jesus do those three days?

ANSWER

Click the title below to read a Compass article on this subject.

When Jesus Went to Hell

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