“The biggest problem facing the church is lack of discernment. If you can’t discern the truth you can die of a thousand heresies.” - John MacArthur
“The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.” Proverbs 14:15
When it comes to discerning Biblical truth everything we hear must be tested against the Scriptures regardless of how convincing it may seem. The devil’s most cunning deceptions are lies with an element of truth in them—a modus operandi that is as old as the Garden. Truth distorted plunged the church into centuries of apostasy before the Reformation and continues to do so in all of the Christian cults.
Charles Spurgeon said, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”1. Cultivating discernment is commanded of all believers (I John 4:1) and it can only be accomplished through the means of careful and diligent Bible study. (Acts 17:11).
“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 5:14
There's another alarming trend in the church today and that is the resurgence of rank liberal theology. These kinds of heresies were fought against in the early twentieth century by men like J. Gresham Machen but have turned up again like a bad penny.
For information regarding the current battle for the Inerrancy of Scripture, many excellent articles and resources are available at Inerrant Word.
1. Spurgeon -reference unknown
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Evangelical Hermeneutics: The New Versus the Old by Robert L. Thomas