The Source and Supply of All Discernment

Sometimes I find myself getting into trouble with people who have varying opinions in regards to proper Christian/biblical discernment issues.

For instance. Back in April of 2016, I wrote a post entitled Syncretism Stew. That post has gotten a lot of attention over the past 14 months.

When questions arose several months ago regarding a family issue, all the differences came up in a family discussion about Christian beliefs.

As a Bible-based Berean Christian believer, I recognized the drill. Often, it is people who haven’t studied the Bible who are most critical of those who have, and thus they are labeled as “too religious.” Then, we have the opposite end of the spectrum where we find individuals who celebrate “diversity” to such an extent that they lack any type of discernment regarding genuine Christian beliefs.

When I had the opportunity to share a link to that Syncretism Stew post several months ago, the responses weren’t even dealing with the content. I imagined that many readers in the group text let their eyes  glaze over. Apparently, it was too much information at one time. So, I just shared and described the following graphic:

I added the definition of Syncretism too:

 

Today, via Truth 2 Freedom’s blog, I found a great essay that tells us how to avoid falling into the trap of syncretism.  It involves the need for discernment!

John McArthur’s Grace To You website has a wonderful new post up entitled The Source and Supply of All Discernment.

MacArthur asks:

If you could ask God for anything, what would that be?

Isn’t that a great question?

He goes on to cite what Solomon chose when God asked him that very question!

When he became king after the death of David, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5).

Solomon asked for discernment: “Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9). Scripture says “it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing” (1 Kings 3:10).

It pleased God that Solomon asked for wisdom (discernment).  It was an unselfish choice.  People desiring discernment need to “step outside of themselves,” be vulnerable (these days, being vulnerable especially to verbally and even physically abusive attacks), and realize that requesting an understanding heart to judge people and to discern between good and evil will cause conflict!  It’s inevitable!  Especially in today’s world of “anything goes” and if you don’t believe the same way as others, you are labeled as a bigot, hater, mean,  etc.

MacArthur writes:

Modern evangelicalism, enamored with psychology and self-esteem, has produced a generation of believers so self-absorbed that they cannot be discerning. People aren’t even interested in discernment. Their spiritual focus is on self and getting their own “felt needs” met.

Wow!  Is that ever true!  Many adherents of “modern evangelicalism” come from the Millennial generation.  They often fall into such a trap as this and are missing the call for true discernment in how they act with others.  Being “self-absorbed” can often be done with the influence of manipulators.  For example.  Just because someone has a degree in psychology, even a so-called “Christian” based type, does not mean that they will use it properly.  What’s more, someone who claims to have a “light” within them may not be following true discernment, and thus think more highly of themselves which can also lead others astray.

We know that God granted Solomon more than just wisdom.  He also provided riches, honor and long life.  The caveat was that Solomon was to continue to walk in the ways of the Lord.

John MacArthur has excellent advice for us all:

  In the same way, James 1:5 promises us—as New Testament believers—that God is still eager to provide us with the discernment we so desperately need: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

Hat tips:

Truth 2 Freedom’s blog
Grace to You

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3 Responses to “The Source and Supply of All Discernment”

  1. christinewjc Says:

    Speaking of discernment and truth, the following links to posts about certain things happening right now (and mostly being reported incorrectly (liars!) by the media of mass deception!) regarding “children being separated from their parents at the border” and the devastating truth revealed by the IG report and hearings (about corruption in the upper ranks of the FBI to prevent Donald Trump from being elected in order to get HilLIARy elected) are suspiciously related.

    How?

    The immigration issue has been blown up by the fake news media for the purpose of distracting from the IG report!

    See these posts:

    The Gateway Pundit: SHOCKING: 10,000 of 12,000 Kids in US DHS Custody Were Sent Here Alone …Think of That! (VIDEO)

    The Gateway Pundit: Obama Administration Placed Children With Human Traffickers, Democrats Were Silent

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  2. GMpilot Says:

    Sounds as if you lack the very ‘discernment’ attributes you’re so keen to talk about. If it’s not true, why is Der Furor now Executive Ordering a change to the directive he initiated (and blamed the Democrats for)?

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  3. christinewjc Says:

    Hello Jryki,

    Your comment ended up in my spam box due to so many links within the post. I researched some of your other writings and work and found your debate with Dajjal, as well as a second link to discussions/debates with Dajjal re: “Terror in Israel,” the Rothchilds, “Jewish New World Order conspiracies,” “Catholicism vs. Christianity,” “Muslims being sorted out,” and many other topics.

    My question is, why did you post all of those links?

    The first time a commenter did that, he ended up spamming my blog for months. The second time a commenter did that, I rejected the comment to avoid the same problem. Though your various debates with “Dajjal” are interesting, I don’t find them related to this blog post. Just thought I’d let you know what happened to your comment.

    ~ Christine
    Talk Wisdom Admin

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