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News => From the Pastor's Desk => Topic started by: Richard OFfill on January 28, 2018, 06:10:27 PM

Title: Discrimination or discernment?
Post by: Richard OFfill on January 28, 2018, 06:10:27 PM
I am sure that none of us who has the mind of Christ enjoys conflict. Harmony is preferable to discord. But when truth is at stake, the person who has the mind of Christ will not allow error to go unchallenged. If we are to be truly like Jesus, we must both proclaim the truth and at the same time condemn error in clear and precise language.

This means that one must learn how to discriminate. The word "discriminate" carries a painful connotation, but the word itself is not negative. Discriminate simply means to make clear a distinction. In things having to do with faith and morals, discrimination signifies a positive ability to draw the line between good and evil, true and false, right and wrong.

Unfortunately, today discrimination and discernment seem to be out of favor. But how can we be saved if we lose the ability to discern between good and evil, right and wrong? If we fail in this, not only will we be lost but we will cause others to be lost as well. The Scriptures tell us to examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is good, and to abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
Title: Re: Discrimination or discernment?
Post by: Listen on January 29, 2018, 09:18:42 PM
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
Title: Re: Discrimination or discernment?
Post by: Ed Sutton on March 23, 2018, 07:08:35 PM
Seems like even 2000 yrs ago the Lord's sheep discriminated between shepherds and discerned the True Shepherd. 

John 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
John 10:4,5  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
John 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: