Have you ever noticed “discernment ministries” and their tendency to demoize almost everyone and everything?
Why is that?
One in particular that shall remain unnamed stated that the ministry was not going to give much in the way of encouragement and exposition because they were a warning ministry; thus the call for balance would not be heeded.
That is what we need in all things. BALANCE! Thou art a jewel of great price. How much we need thee!
Spurgeon once preached a message from Isaiah 8:20 entitled “Search The Scriptures.”
That is certainly what we should do. If one does not get his guidance there, there will be no light/information/good/blessing in him. That is, his speech which is not Biblically informed and based will not bring blessing.
Today it seems that “discernment ministries” find something wrong with practically everyone but themselves and their cronies.
One must dot every “i” and cross every “t” to satisfy them. They will then be sure to find something anyway. You simply cannot utter their “Shibboleth” in a manner that will cause them to rest with contentment that you are “ok.”
Thus it is that John MacArthur, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, herbal remedies, chiropractic treatment, Contemporary Christian Music, Southern Gospel Music, and a host of other things/people are taboo.
I have a feeling that one should work very hard to achieve balance.
Instead, “discernment ministries,” which could indeed do much good, are going off the deep end and losing their focus. The focus seems to be on finding the devil everywhere and in everything. Instead, the focus should always be to point toward Christ.
Yeah, yeah….I know….I’ll now be added to “the notebook” of the “discerners.” That’s OK. I’m still in the Lamb’s book of life.