Discernment ~ "Almost Right"

 

Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus' name!
Spring is around the corner (or here depending on when you are reading this) and I for one am relieved that warm weather is closing in. 
Charles Spurgeon said, "Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right." This has become increasingly difficult due to a general Biblical ignorance in the American church and a willingness to accept half truths, which in reality are complete lies. 
2 Peter 3:16-17 which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 
Peter is speaking about things Paul had written, some of it being hard to understand. Due to this some were changing Paul's meaning in order to mislead or deceive. "Almost right" for some is what the Scripture calls twisted (wrested in the KJV). Is twisted dangerous? That depends on whether or not you think deception is dangerous, which it is. The words "take care," (beware KJV) mean "to guard through isolation," with the idea of keeping oneself isolated from that which is twisted as to avoid the deception, and there is a boat load of deception out there. What can you do about it?
Be a good student of the Scripture yourself and be "critical." Not critically-spirited, but objective in your analysis and evaluation. If it is not completely Biblical then it is twisted and should be rejected. I do not mean to look for things to reject, or people to be mad at and label. However, on the other hand, do not buy everything everyone is selling just because it has a "Biblical tint" to it. Out goal in our Biblical study should be a humble orthodoxy which leads to humble orthopraxy. 
I call you blessed!
Pastor
Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus' name!
Spring is around the corner (or here depending on when you are reading this) and I for one am relieved that warm weather is closing in. 
Charles Spurgeon said, "Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right." This has become increasingly difficult due to a general Biblical ignorance in the American church and a willingness to accept half truths, which in reality are complete lies. 
2 Peter 3:16-17 which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 
Peter is speaking about things Paul had written, some of it being hard to understand. Due to this some were changing Paul's meaning in order to mislead or deceive. "Almost right" for some is what the Scripture calls twisted (wrested in the KJV). Is twisted dangerous? That depends on whether or not you think deception is dangerous, which it is. The words "take care," (beware KJV) mean "to guard through isolation," with the idea of keeping oneself isolated from that which is twisted as to avoid the deception, and there is a boat load of deception out there. What can you do about it?
Be a good student of the Scripture yourself and be "critical." Not critically-spirited, but objective in your analysis and evaluation. If it is not completely Biblical then it is twisted and should be rejected. I do not mean to look for things to reject, or people to be mad at and label. However, on the other hand, do not buy everything everyone is selling just because it has a "Biblical tint" to it. Out goal in our Biblical study should be a humble orthodoxy which leads to humble orthopraxy. 
I call you blessed!
Pastor