Discernment: Where do we go from here?

We’re hearing from people all over the world who are very concerned about the changes they are seeing in Christianity and in their own churches. These trends toward syncretism, or New Age mysticism, or this emergent theology that teaches us to re-shape Jesus into a feel-good purveyor of tolerance toward sin– these false teachings  seem to have infected every denomination of Christianity.

The letters we get are heartbreaking. Men and women want so much to protect our churches and to come alongside our leaders so that this stuff doesn’t get in, or if it has we want to help our leaders get it out. When we’re made out to be contentious rather than a contender for the faith, do we leave or do we try to be a part of the solution? And how can we as discerners or watchmen and women best do that?


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We’re going to talk about this issue of discernment today with someone who has been researching these trends probably just as long if not longer than anyone else. Sarah Leslie’s 20+ years of research has been crucial in providing the facts and connecting the dots if you will to discernment ministries around the world. She is the founder of an online journal called Herescope, published by Discernment Ministries Inc. It’s one of the many resources you’ll find on our website, and many of the guests you hear on our program tell us they couldn’t do what they do without her. Her article, Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism is a must-read. Check out Sarah’s testimony here.

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2 Responses to Discernment: Where do we go from here?

  1. Mr Davis says:

    To believers:

    We must first give up on the notion that the halls that we are meeting in are the Church.

    1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV
    What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV
    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

    Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

    Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

    Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

    If we are Christ's then our Nation is not the USA! Here you are just an ambassador and you have a mission.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

    1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy , but now have obtained mercy . 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

    As a priest you are ambassadors and interceed for the Nations speaking the word of truth and life urging all men everywhere to be reconciled to God.

    2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV
    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

    This is our clear mission
    2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV
    And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

    If the world were the kingdom of light this would not be nessesary. No policy in the world will change this situation.

    No this work would take a Savior

    2 Corinthans 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

    To this end
    2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said , I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate , saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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  2. Mr Davis says:

    And do not forget where you came from when you hold forth the Word of Life.

    Colossians 1:

    12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

    21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

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