What Is Discernment? by Sinclair Ferguson | Ligonier Ministries Blog

Posted: October 8, 2014 in Discernment
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What Is Discernment? by Sinclair Ferguson | Ligonier Ministries Blog

“Most of us doubtless want to distance ourselves from what might be regarded as “the lunatic fringe” of contemporary Christianity. We are on our guard against being led astray by false teachers. But there is more to discernment than this. True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong; it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.Thus, discernment is like the physical senses; to some it is given in unusual measure as a special grace gift 1 Cor. 12:10, but some measure of it is essential for us all and must be constantly nourished. The Christian must take care to develop his “sixth sense” of spiritual discernment. This is why the psalmist prays, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge” Ps. 119:66.”

via What Is Discernment? by Sinclair Ferguson | Ligonier Ministries Blog.

A Lost Skill

We live in an age when people have lost the skill of discernment. Political correctness has lulled us into believing that discrimination is always a bad world. It is not. Critical thinking is a lost art, especially in our higher education facilities.

Discernment is a multi-faceted endeavor, not just a one-dimensional right/wrong dichotomy. Christians especially need to be savvy when it comes to discernemt in this postmodern world of ” anything goes”.

Ignore it at your own spiritual risk.

 

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric

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