Thinking Biblically

What is discernment, and why is it important? Here is a short article by John MacAurthur at Grace To You.

In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.

Article: What is biblical discernment and why is it important?


4 thoughts on “Thinking Biblically

  1. Loretta,

    Well thought-out article there. One of the greatest challenges to discernment is the concept that truth is dynamic and is what each individual receives per time as illuminated by the Holy Spirit. This is so dangerous and subtle. Why – they appeal to the same Bible we know is the yardstick for truth, but still reduce it to a subjective experience.

    That seems to be one of the greatest challenges to Scriptural discernment in our day and age. Interpreting Scriptures in the context of the entire theme of the Bible, as well as in the immediate context of each verse/passage is key to proper discernment. I keep having to repeat that so often.

    Oh, another serious challenge to helping people see why they need to stay true to the written Word is the ‘Judge not’ syndrome. Of course, one is able to arrive at that point of view only if one ignores all the commands and instructions to test what we hear and refute error.

    We all need to keep ‘hearing’ these things again and again. It is quite easy to let them slip. Thanks again!


  2. Yomi, I hear you. (I agree.)
    The passages about judging/testing (discernment) of what we publicly hear against the Word of God to determine truth or error is different from the “judge not” passage which is about judging someone’s hidden heart motive for doing or not doing something.
    This misunderstanding leads people who exercise discernment regarding public statements to be scolded for “being judgmental”.

  3. I have to disagree because the Lord has been teaching me since 2002 that true discernment is when you ask the Holy Spirit, first, about, everything. If we do our own discernment then we can fall prey to the whispers of the carnal mind, which lies 100% of the time and can become a religious spirit, dominating our walk. We could find ourselves obeying this false spirit instead of the Holy Spirit.


  4. ladynada, Yes, we would not want to depend on the subjective ‘wisdom’ and thoughts of our own mind. That is why we must objectively test or judge what we hear by the Word of God. The Holy Spirit guides into all truth, but it is the Word of God that is this truth. That is why it is important to know the Word of God.

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