It seems everywhere we turn these days on the internet, another “discernment” ministry has popped up to grab our attention. Many are effective ministries, but some seem to be playing “gotcha” and actually enjoy calling out false believers or the perceived sin of others.

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While some do high quality work and actually provide good information for Christians, encouraging them to use the Word of God to distinguish between truth and clever deception, others are just interested in waiting to see which preacher or teacher will misspeak or associate with the wrong people.

So what exactly is discernment and how does the Bible define it in context? No one has perfect doctrine, so how can we tell the difference between true discernment and someone claiming to be a watchman for the church in order to make themselves look more righteous?


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Cindy Hartline, a Christian talk Show Host, joins us for a lively discussion on Stand Up For the Truth. Our motivation matters when we want to point someone to the truth of Jesus Christ.

We talk about the importance of the Holy Spirit, mentors, and church elders, as well as having patience with younger or less mature believers. It is also important to evaluate the “fruit” of Christians, pastors, and church leaders and the fact Jesus encouraged us to judge believers (not unbelievers) with “righteous judgment” while we examine (judge) our own lives first.

For further study, here are some Scriptures we discussed regarding discernment:

Ephesians 5:10-11

2 Timothy 4:3

Hebrews 4:12

Romans 12:2

Matthew 24:4-8

John 17:20-21

Galatians 5:22

1 John 1:9

Hebrews 5:14

Philippians 1:9-10