7 Ways the Bible Praises Discernment
Unfortunately, there is a subtle piece of propaganda floating around many modern Churches. That piece of propaganda is that we can never ever call out false prophets as false prophets. That discernment writers are losers with no life and have nothing better to do than to hate on popular teachers. In typical discernment writer fashion, I have to ask what does the Bible say about discerning false prophets? What does the Bible say about those who spend hours critically studying the Scriptures to make sure they are being taught the absolute truth? Here are 7 ways the Bible praises discerning and Bible observing Christians.
- The Noble Bereans
“The Brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
–Acts 17:10-11 (ESV)
The Bereans were noble because they examined the Scriptures daily to compare and discern what truth was.
- Pleasing to God
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people? It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.”
–1 Kings 3:9-10 (ESV)
To give some context, this is when King Solomon asked for wisdom. It pleased God for him to ask for wisdom. Not only that but God blessed him for his choice.
“The wise heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”
–Proverbs 16:21 (ESV)
As my father always says when challenged by the anti-discernment types, “I may not have ever walked through a cow pasture barefoot but I have the discernment to know that it would be an unpleasant experience.” It’s simply wise.
“Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
–1 John 4:1 (ESV)
Yeah, the Bible actually tells us to discern. So when we’re told it’s evil or wicked we’re gonna stick to obeying the Bible.
- Understanding the Spirit
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
–1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)
It’s pretty difficult to serve the Holy Spirit since we can’t tell the difference between Him and a demonic spirit. Oh wait. No it isn’t because we can discern them and understand the Holy Spirit with the Word of God.
- Pure and Blameless
“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 1:9-11 (ESV)
Discernment allows us to seek what is pure and blameless and be ready for the day of Christ.
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
–Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)
People think the discernment Christians are immature; the Bible begs to differ.
Those who discern are a vital part to the body of Christ. Without the discerning Christians the parasites we call false prophets and heretics can keep leeching on the body of Christ and drain it of its effectiveness. If you still believe that discernment is bad, then allow me to remind you that the entire reformation started out of observation of the Biblical texts and discernment to apply it in the corrupted state of the Church.