Many people’s beliefs about God and the Bible are like patchwork quilts. They have a bit of this and a bit of that. They take Baptist traditionalism, charismatic excitement, pop psychology, rabid eschatology and sew them all together. They have not learned to discern. They have not taken that step in spiritual growth that enables them to discriminate, to determine what is true and what is false or what is right and what is wrong. They are like baby birds. They close their eyes and their ears and blindly gobble up whatever they hear.
Do you ever watch the religious TV channels? I mean, if you believed everything you heard from them, you would be so mixed up. Many of those religious hucksters have built fortunes by fleecing people who lack biblical discernment. Just because someone can quote Bible verses does not mean he is a credible teacher. You must discern what you hear.
In fact, just because I am writing from the Bible doesn’t mean I am right. You need to discern. You need to read carefully what I am writing and then go to Scripture and study for yourself. Don’t assume anything. As today’s verse states, “prove all things.”
As we grow in Christ, we are to grow in discernment. We apply Ephesians 5:15-16 which says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” In other words, the more we know of Christ, the closer we walk with Him, the more wisdom we gain so that we can discern truth and error in these evil days. And make no mistake; we live in evil days.
With all that is ongoing today, we must prove all things!