Learning to Discern#2. “Equipped to discern.”

Learning to Discern#2. “Equipped to discern.”

On rare occasions I have sat in the Lord’s church and listened to preachers and teachers say things that are not found in the scriptures. When challenging these teachings, I have, without exception, been assured that what was taught “is believed by many and needs to be heard.” I am not averse to discussing ideas at variance with my own, but when the congregation is being publicly taught things that are not in the scriptures, something must be done.

The Holy Spirit has given us the Bible to learn, live, preach, and teach. Without it we live in darkness.

Satan continues to save himself much time and energy by inserting false teachings into sermons. His fire is well lit in our churches when the doctrines of demons are intrenched in our pulpits.

We are all called to discernment. The Apostle John commands us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

Minimising the impact of the Gospel upon the church is the full-time job of Satan and his demons. Their constant attacks upon what is taught and preached cannot but permeate our congregations—if allowed to do so!

Discernment is only possible where Biblical literacy exists. A Biblically ignorant congregation may as well erect a sign inviting false teachers to apply within. Tragically, it really is that simple.

God raises up faithful preachers and teachers. Faithful because they live and share the Word of Christ. These are our teachers teaching us to teach. We discern the veracity of what they say by careful comparison with the Holy Spirit’s source material—the Bible.

It is only then that we are equipped to discern.

John Staiger


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