I really enjoy operating this site. The other day two false teachers God’s Word exposed were moaning about my site (without the courage to name me) on one of theirs like two puppies who were scolded for peeing on the carpet. They accuse me (and others like me) of “dishonoring God’s work” by holding their “biblical teachings” up to the light of the Word of God. How dare we read our bibles for ourselves to see if their teachings are Scriptural! Today I would like to demonstrate 7 steps to better discernment (I’m sure there are others and feel free to add them in the comments section!)
1). Try it (1John 4:1)
Don’t take anyone’s word for it; not even mine. John says to put every spirit to the test. The sheep don’t do this which is why they get devoured. Watch the reactions of people who come here defending the wolves. Clearly they don’t read their bibles and it shows in their comments. When someone like Larry Huch says he’s “the only begotten son of God” open up your bible and find out if he is correct.
2). Rightly judge it (Luke 12:57)
Whenever I examine one of the wolves, I examine my own life first. If I’m doing the same things the wolves are doing, then I have no right to judge their actions. If my motives are ungodly then I have no business cleaning out their house until I clean my own. Operating this site has taught me this and by examining others I’ve grown by examining myself first.
3). Discern it (Romans 16:19)
Many times the wolves are easy to spot…sometimes they aren’t. They do teach some truth…and this is how they catch the sheep off guard. The wolves know people don’t read their bibles like they should and for this reason alone they fleece the sheep in the manner they do. Rat poison is 98% harmless but the effects are the same. Studying the bible daily will strengthen your discernment skills and help you to detect the poison they’ve mixed in with the sugar.
4). Test it (1Thessalonians 5:21)
Just because you hear something that doesn’t sound quite right doesn’t mean it’s wrong or the teacher is in error. When someone is claiming to speak for God, take what he or she says and test it according to the Word of God. If the “new revelation” doesn’t line up with what God said and did in the past….then it isn’t from God. If what your pastor or teacher is teaching is contradicts God’s Word….head for the exits and don’t look back.
5). Examine it (Revelation 2:2)
Are there prophets and apostles today? The offices of Prophet and Apostle have ceased (Ephesians 2:20) so anyone making such a claim is either highly confused….or is lying. What they teach will indicate whether the person is delusional or a liar. I have never witnessed anyone claiming to be an Apostle or Prophet who taught sound doctrine…..other then the Apostles and Prophets found in my bible. The church at Ephesus was commended for not tolerating the false…and so will you if you refuse to tolerate evil works from evildoers.
6). Judge it (1Corinthians 2:15)
Here’s where Spiritual Warfare comes into the mix. The battle between the carnal and the spiritual has been waged from the beginning…and will until the end. Most of what’s taught today is carnal….it places the created (you) above the creator (God). If what you hear appeals to your flesh….it is of Satan….run as fast as you can! You are being led right into the ditch.
7) Prove it (Ephesians 5:10)
What pleases the Lord; Those who love and obey His Son. Those who teach that Jesus was wealthy, or Jesus died so you could be wealthy and healthy don’t love Jesus. Those who claim to be “the only begotten son of God” don’t love Jesus. Those who claim that Jesus suffered in hell for your sins don’t love Jesus. If your teacher spends more time talking about the blessings of the here and now rather then the hereafter….it can’t be pleasing to God. If you are sitting under a flesh based ministry that isn’t pleasing to God you need to leave IMMEDIATELY.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Paula White or someone sitting behind a keyboard in their pajamas; false teaching needs to be refuted and this site is here for the just that reason. I’ve spent the last15 years or so in careful and honest study and have realized that most of what passes for “Christian” today is carnal and fleshly which directly contradicts God’s Word….and like the church at Ephesus I have refused to tolerate it.
These 7 steps helped to pull me out of the ditch I had allowed myself to fall into. I used to believe and teach the very same things you see exposed on this site…and it took some Godly men and God’s Word for me to see my error and to repent from it. I hope these steps will help you to do the same.