Does Discernment Matter Any More?

You may think that the title of this post isn’t a serious question but you would be wrong. God’s Holy Word has much to say about the necessity of exercising discernment but apparently, there are many professing Christians who see no real requirement for it. Doctrines that are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ are not a subject for investigation, because in far too many cases, the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are not even known. And when the Apostle Paul exhorts us in Galatians 1:8 how to hold those who preach a Gospel that is “contrary to” what has already been given to them, many are not familiar with what the “contrary to” makes reference to. That is a big problem, but the problem goes deeper than that. 

I’ve authored a good number of posts on the New Apostolic Reformation movement, and I am but one, among a host of many others that have also done so. There is no shortage of throughly documented Biblical evidence that indicates what this movement is “contrary to”, with regard to the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we have already been given. But it doesn’t matter, because when someone wants to find what they are looking for, they ignore anything that might be contrary to it. It makes no difference to them that the doctrines and practises of the New Apostolic Reformation cannot be found as they state them, in God’s Holy Word. That is irrelevant, because what the New Apostolic Reformation makes possible for them, and puts forth as their doctrine and practises, gives them what they are looking for.

If I mentioned to you about the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture, would that strike a cord of recognition with you? “If Scripture is “God-breathed,” then it is not man-breathed, and, although it was penned by men, those “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). No man-made writing is sufficient to equip us for every good work; only the Word of God can do that. Furthermore, if the Scriptures are sufficient to thoroughly equip us, then nothing more is needed. Is that what the New Apostolic Reformation teaches and believes? No it is not.

They encourage, in essence, experiential, experience driven Christianity, where angelic visitations and multi-hour discussions with Jesus are becoming the norm. God is doing “new things” and the former things have passed. Did you know that the NAR has a word for those who adhere to the sufficiency of Scripture? Yes, we’re called “Wordies”. And of course, as authoritative Apostles and Prophets of these “new things”, they are at the forefront of what God is now doing and intends to do and you had better get on board, and become equipped so that you can be a part of the great things God is bringing about. All available through courses, of course, that they provide, for a tidy sum of money. Flashback to Jesus clearing the Temple anyone?

Does God’s Word tell us about false Christs, Apostles and Prophets in the end times? Does God’s Word warn us about false signs and wonders and that many will be deceived. Did you catch that word “many”? 

And here is another warning that God’s Word gives us that encapsulates what we see unfolding before our very eyes today, as provided in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB:

For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Read this Scripture very carefully and notice the “they’s”, that are opposed to the expressed will of God the Father, as detailed in God’s Holy Word.

Note also in Matthew 7:21-24 NASB Jesus says the following:
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.

Notice that the criteria to enter the kingdom of heaven is doing the will of My Father, that is His will, not our will. There’s a big difference and it would behoove us to thoroughly understand this, as revealed in God’s Holy Word. And aside from the miracles being performed in His name, the people who do these miracles are termed as practicing lawlessness. Whose laws might those be that are not being practised and whose laws are being practised? That’s the “they” and God the Father’s will, in opposition, all over again. 

What we should want for ourselves, in accordance with God’s Holy Word, is to be following the will of God our Father for us, in our lives. That is His will, not ours, in accordance with the whole counsel of God’s Holy Word. And just as a bare opener, when you start peddling the Gifts of the Holy Spirit so that anyone can have what they will for themselves, versus what God wills, and for a price no less, you are treading on very dangerous ground. And if you haven’t zoned in on that definitive violation, you really should.

Please take the time to seriously consider the doctrines and practises of the New Apostolic Reformation that are not in accordance with God’s Holy Word.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

14 comments

  1. “But it doesn’t matter, because when someone wants to find what they are looking for, they ignore anything that might be contrary to it.”

    This really sums the mindset of the numerous followers of NAR preachers and teaching. Sad, and evil, indeed.

    Another solid, excellent post on this crucial topic, Bruce.

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  2. Discernment certainly matters. Thank you, Bruce, for continuing to write and teach on this topic A lack of discernment has impacted every willful departure from God’s Truth all the way back to the garden. Thankful to be a Wordie!

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  3. RE: God’s Holy Word has much to say about the necessity of exercising discernment but apparently, there are many professing Christians who see no real requirement for it.

    Bruce, I appreciate your efforts regarding the NAR. Most Christians attending today’s seeker mega-churches will never hear about the Reformation, the Five Solas, or critical examinations of Roman Catholicism or spurious “Protestant” movements such as the “name it and claim it” prosperity gospel or the NAR. I was flipping channels two nights ago and landed on TBN and watched for several minutes a special on the wonderfulness of Bethel Redding’s Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). It’s sad that the unsaved are also flipping channels and will think TBN and Bethel Redding represent orthodox Christianity.

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  4. I do think discernment is vital. I know I read about the NAR and have thought about what you said a lot. I wonder though about their hearts. Do the believe in the basics of Christianity? Are they saved? I don’t think I can judge them if they are truly Christians. I don’t have to agree with their doctrine but I can’t judge their hearts.

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    • Hi Valerie, I understand about judging their hearts, that would be God that would be making that judgement, but we do have a responsibility to identify and warn others about those who are false prophets and feed a false gospel to others. Considering that both Jesus and Paul warned us about not being deceived by them, I’m just ringing the bell on the NAR doctrine and practices. Blessings Valerie!

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  5. I can’t help thinking that there is probably enough truth blended into the false teachings that there will be some who are genuinely converted under these ministries and it may take years or decades for such people to come to the horrible realization that they have been taught and believed false doctrine (and supported and propoagated it) for many years. It will be a real crisis of faith for such people. I do believe, however, that the Lord will be faithful to draw them into truth in His time.

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