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Letter On Discernment
To the body of Christ;
I am writing this open
letter to share some thoughts in response to the comment made
below. It is probably one of the most difficult issues we face
"When will the body
of Christ start using their gift of discernment and put some
of these phonies for profit out of circulation? "
People will only learn to
use the gift of discernment when they stop blindly
trusting All people and rely on the Word of God and the
prompting of the Holy Spirit. That prompting comes by walking
close to Him. There is not one person that shares with us,
whose words or thoughts should not be completely weighed to
the Word of God --both in what a person says and upholds as
right or truth--and maybe more importantly ---by what they
remain silent on. That silence can show either disobedience to
the Word of God or the upholding of false teachings or
People become easily
deceived because they want to believe someone they may like or
trust would never be deceiving them-- or be a false
teacher/leader. So they allow themselves to be taught things
that are not of God--even when there are nudges by the Holy
Spirit that something is wrong--they deny or ignore it--and
Many times the deception
does not even have to come through that leader--it is simply
said by someone else--and then it is merely upheld by the
silent support of that leader.
How was it that the Bereans
weighed everything Paul said--to see if it was truth--and we
know that he was called by God? Should we do no less today,
when we are told in scripture that as the end draws closer
there will be more and more deceivers and deceptions. And
wasn't it Paul that asked why are we surprised that they can
stand right next to God's people and appear as ministers of
righteousness--when they are agents of the enemy?
2 Timothy 3:12-17; 2
Timothy 4: 1-5; 2 Corinthians 11: 12-15; Acts 17:11,12
When we look at
leadership there are questions we must ask ourselves.
Sharing Christ and what He
teaches us is not a sin--to not obey Christ and His Word is a
sin. A pastor, elder or leader is supposed to be an
"ensample" not a "lord". Yet, we see in
many "Christian" churches the leadership is leading
the sheep to their destruction and are being upheld because
many believe that once a person is placed in leadership- the
sheep are simply to follow. That is not Biblical.
It is one thing to uphold
leadership, it is another to blindly follow. There is only One
that we are called to follow with total commitment and that is
Jesus Christ. There are men that are given leadership
positions, but we are never to put them on a pedestal and
assume they will always portray the truth.
Some questions we need to
ask in order to "test the spirits" are these.
Is the person in question
in agreement with those that are exposed to be heretics or
not of God?
Is the person "double
tongued", showing at the very least, inconsistency in
Does leadership see error
and expose it, or agree and make excuses for false
teachings/teachers and only expose what others are already
Is it being obedient to
allow error/evil to be consistently spoken beside truth, and
allow it to be accepted as truth by those lacking in
discernment or knowledge of the Word of God?
We know that one of Satan's
most effective devices is to say truth and line it up squarely
beside error and then focus on the truth. To not expose the
error then would be to uphold it as truth.
Is it being obedient
for a "man of God' to know that someone is not of God
and never rebuke or expose that person?
Is it being obedient to
allow the error/poison being spread by them to continue so
that the flock and babes in the Lord are corrupted also?
Is it being obedient, to
say you are listening to Almighty God and have discernment
for the presence of evil, but never rebuke or expose it when
it's in the midst of your group?
Is it being obedient to
never be held accountable for these issues and expect that
it should just be glossed over and be ignored because of who
people perceive the person to be?
1 Peter 3:8-17, 1
John 4:1,2; 2 John 6-11; 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 2 Timothy 2:22-26
We need to ask that if
someone is consistently in agreement with false teachings,
including either the sheep or leadership, and do not discern
when evil is being presented as good, is that person merely
deceived? Or lacking in discernment or knowledge of the Word
of God? Or are they simply a different flavour of what we can
recognize as a false teacher? If so, we know that person was
never Biblically qualified to teach anyone--if we weighed
things against the Word of God.
If we weigh all to scripture
and find that leadership is upholding or promoting error, or
not exposing wolves that have infiltrated their own flock--
the following is most likely why:
Mark 3: 23-27 "And He
called them unto Him, and said unto them in parables,
How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided
against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be
divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan
rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but
hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and
spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and
then he will spoil his house."
There is indeed strong
deception taking place--and the most difficult thing about
being lovers of truth---and exposing the fruitless deeds of
darkness--is it can be very costly. Deception is usually found
very close to home, because we are often blinded and deceived
by our feelings. One cannot expose or cast out what one is in
agreement with, or upholds as "good".
Quotes From the Authorized King James Bible.
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