For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:8-11
Today we are bombarded with more information than we can possibly comprehend. The internet can be a wonderful fountain of information but it can also be a quagmire of bogus and misleading information. Anyone can post to the internet and no one is responsible to make sure the content in accurate. Just recently I saw an excellent example. Gail volunteered to judge short papers that forth and seventh graders had written on the Alamo. Some of these kids found things on the internet and put them in the paper without checking to see if they had the facts rather than opinion.
There is much out there that puts on the cloths of a believer that is in fact untruth and in some instances outright lies there to trip up those seeking the truth. Some of what we read is so close to the truth that it can be hard to tell the wheat from the chafe. What is one to do?
We much use discernment. We must weigh what the author says against what God tells us in His word. When the author strays from God’s word we need to speak out. Sometime it can be hard to ascertain what is true from what is false. Then we need to seek council from more mature believers. This can be from respected authors, pastors, elders or friends that may have better knowledge of a particular area of the faith. This can be especially true when we get into doctrine. Unfortunately many believers today are unfamiliar with many basic Christian doctrines. In this case we need to educate ourselves so we can see false doctrine for what it is and defend right doctrine when it is under attack.
Jesus warns us that there will be false christs and Paul writes about false teachers. What was true 2,000 years ago is still true today. False teaching abounds. It is only by being a discerning Christian that we can weed out the false. Every mature Christian should know about the Trinity, the incarnation, Christ’s atoning death on the cross and the resurrection. We need to be in the Word and we need to understand the Word to the best of our abilities.
Have a blessed day,