Today is October 17, 2018

Verse of the Day — Psalm 100:2

Serve the Lord with gladness . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Serve, don’t sit.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

God wants our faith to be active. And one of the ways to employ our faith is to serve others. Many people in the OT are called servants. To name a few:

  • Abraham (Genesis 26:24)
  • Jacob (Genesis 32:4)
  • Ruth (Ruth 3:9)
  • Isaiah (Isaiah 20:3)
The Hebrew word for servant is “ebed” and contains two key ingredients: action (worker) and obedience.

In the NT, the Greek word “doulos” is a term used to point to a relationship of absolute dependence, where the master and the servant are on opposite sides. The master has full claim on the servant, and the servant has full commitment to the master. Also, the servant can exercise no will or initiative on his or her own.

Combining the OT and NT characteristics—to serve the Lord we should be scripturally active in our faith and have a full commitment to God while we mature in our knowledge of the Bible in order to push aside our sin nature.


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Referring to the GLBTQ community as a Biblical perversion certainly alienates all of us Christians who are gay or have GLBTQ loved ones in our lives. All of us were created in God’s image, and since he doesn’t make mistakes, everyone should be given the same respect, rights, and acknowledgment for who they were created to be. So this really bothers me that Christians can be so uneducated, narrow minded, and bigoted to still see being GLBTQ as a perversion and treating them other than in the loving and non-judgmental way that Jesus taught us to “love our neighbor as ourself.” This type of language and outlook will continue to divide us as Christians and as people of God.


ANSWER:

God is God. Therefore, it’s His prerogative to define sin, not ours. And by His definition of sin, we are all born sinners—you, me, everyone. His Word is final and unchanging, whether we like it or not, agree with it or not, or live by it or not.

Therefore, if God says lying is a sin, I have to agree with God. I can’t say I was a born liar and can’t stop. I can’t say He made me this way so it’s His fault. I have to let God be God and admit that for me to lie is sin, because He says it is. I have to ask God to take away the desire to lie. When I fail, I have to repent, and learn from my mistakes. I may always have the desire to lie, but in time, God will allow me to mature in His Word as a defense against lying.

God has clearly laid out what is sin in the Bible and you can read it for yourself. You may not agree with it, but you WILL be judged by His Godly standard, not our human standard. Thankfully, He loved me so much that He came from heaven to pay the ultimate price to cleanse me from my sin so that one day I will live with Him in paradise without sinful desires.

So the question is, do you want God to be God, or do you want to be God? He will allow you to temporarily be your own God during this life, but after this life, for eternity, trust me, you won’t be happy.

So you can choose to let God be God now, or later. And do keep in mind that eternity is a long, long time.

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

For someone that seems to have a good grasp of Scripture on most issues, you sure miss it when it comes to the timing of rapture. You have fallen for Satan’s lies that the church will be whisked away and not endure some or all the seven-year period of tribulation. Don’t you feel a little uneasy that this pre-tribulational teaching only began in 1830 with Charles Darby? And what about the fact that Jesus didn’t teach pre-tribulational Rapture? I know you won’t answer this in the email because you don’t have an answer. But I would enjoy seeing you try.

ANSWER

Jesus DID teach pre-tributional Rapture. He said it would be like it was in the days of Noah, a brilliant word picture.

For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. —Matthew 24:37

In the days of Noah, the non-believers were scoffing, the ark was constructed, “God shut the door” (Genesis 7:16), the ark floated up over the disaster below, and then returned to the earth to begin a new dispensation (time period). This is exactly what will happen in the future. God will shut the door with Rapture ending the Church Age. We will be “caught up” above the tribulation below on the earth.

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. —1 Thessalonians 4:17

Then we will return to the earth to begin a new dispensation. Another way to look at it would be to say that Noah was pre-flood, not mid-flood or post-flood.

Also, contrary to what is being taught in many Christian circles, the doctrine of pre-tribulational Rapture WAS taught prior to 1830. Not only was it taught in Scripture by Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it was also taught by early Christian teachers.

For instance, in 1994 several manuscripts were found written by the Christian writer and poet Ephraem the Syrian. He lived from 306 to 373 AD. The manuscripts show that he believed in a literal interpretation of Scripture, the pre-millennial return of Christ, a man who would become the antichrist and rule the Roman Empire during the last days, the pre-tribulational Rapture, and the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th week at the end of this age concluding with the Battle of Armageddon and Christ’s return.

And there were many others. We’ll explain it all to you on the way up. 🙂

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