Discernment: 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. https://www.christianity.com/theology/what-is-biblical-discernment-and-why-is-it-important-11532182.html
1 John 4: 1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Proverbs 15: 14, The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
So discernment is learning to think God’s thoughts after Him, practically and spiritually; it means having a sense of how things look in God’s eyes and seeing them in some measure “uncovered and laid bare” (Heb. 4:13).
1 Thessalonians 5: 21, But test everything; hold fast what is good.
Hebrews 5: 14, But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Beth Moore. Sarah Young. Lysa TerKeurst. Priscilla Shirer. Paula White. Joyce Meyer. Lisa Bevere. Ann Voskamp. Rachel Hollis….
The list of false teachers who write books aimed at Christian women is long and growing longer. In mainstream conservative churches, pastors rarely address the issue of false teachers masquerading as qualified women of God and, sadly, too often aren’t even aware of the dangerous teachings they espouse. Reformed pastors, though more likely to be aware of the dangers of such teachers, are not always as informed as they need to be. One such pastor, in a conversation with me, denied knowledge of who Beth Moore was. Certainly knowledge of who she is could escape Christians who aren’t aware of what is being offered in so-called Christian bookstores, but how can a pastor warn against that which he himself is not aware of?
Beth Moore isn’t the only so-called Christian who is a danger to women, of course. There are many others, and the list continually grows longer. Whether we’re considering writers, speakers, pod-casters, you tubers, bloggers, family, friends, the woman next door, and, sadly, sometimes our own Bible teachers and pastors, we must study God’s Word in order to have the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to know truth from error. To be able to discern truth from almost truth.
We must pray for discernment, and to seek it with all of our might. If we women, our husbands, our parents (for the younger ones), and our pastors and elders, were more discerning, these dangerous false teachers could never have gotten such a foothold on women’s Bible studies. Or, to be honest, in anyone’s Bible studies, sermons, etc.
2 Corinthians 11: 13-15, For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
The best starting point for understanding truth is the Bible itself. Women don’t necessarily need “women’s teachers” or “women’s studies” as such in order to help us to understand the Bible, especially when so many of them are based more on feelings than on truth. We need Scripture itself.
Scripture, rightly read and understood, interprets Scripture, and cannot and will not contradict itself. When we humbly approach God’s Word with a desire to be pleasing to God in our understanding and application of it, we will be informed of God’s thoughts so that we, too, might understand what the heart of God actually is. We will know what God thinks, we will know what He expects of us, because we will have read it for ourselves.
Colossians 2: 8, See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Sisters, we must put down books that aren’t based on the Word of God. Throw out books that claim to be based on Scripture but that actually corrupt the Bible. Stand up for truth by staying away from any books that are eisegetical rather than exegetical. Then we must pick up the Bible, pray and ask God for guidance, read it, and obey it. Then we can rest assured that we are growing in spiritual maturity.
Proverbs 2: 1-5, My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
1 Timothy 6: 3-5, If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.