This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article originally authored by Rick Becker from their Famine In The Land web blog from South Africa. Click on this “About Us” link for a short overview on their intention to promote sound doctrine and discern truth from error. This particular article focuses on our need to balance discernment with our love for God, which is critical.
Discernment is not optional, it is vital to the spiritual health of individuals and the church. Discernment preserves sound doctrine, and sound doctrine enables us to have the correct view of God, self, the church, the world, and Satan. Described as wolves in sheep’s clothing, false teachers come to steal, kill, and destroy, whereas the good shepherd comes to give life. Here’s the problem – It’s possible to know who the wolves are, yet neglect the good shepherd. It’s possible to identify bad doctrine, yet fail to practice the good. It’s possible to discern the errors of the New Apostolic Reformation and other false teachings yet fail in our spiritual duties towards our families and brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s possible to erroneously mark and avoid others because they don’t fall within our denomination or because we disagree with them over non essentials of the faith. If we believe discernment is the epitome of spiritual maturity or guarantees balance in other areas, we are mistaken. The church at Ephesus serves as a reminder that sound doctrine and discernment are no guarantee that we will be useful in the Lord’s service.
To read the rest of this well balanced article, please click on the link directly below.