The Dark Side of Discernment

I decided to come back and give a little rant about what is currently happening in my life. Let’s start with that I consider myself of having the Spiritual Gift of Discernment. Let’s break that down for a second.

dis·cern·ment
diˈsərnmənt/
noun
  1. the ability to judge well.
    “an astonishing lack of discernment”
  2. (in Christian contexts) perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding.

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Heb 5:14

We see here in Hebrews that the Gift of Discernment is for distinguishing between “good and evil”. Or, right and wrong. It is the ability to use common sense and exercise the freedom to point out those who may be in error in a Biblical manner.

I posted a Justin Peters video on my Church’s Facebook page about Word of Faith false teachings. This video teaches a Biblical view of the errors of the Word of Faith movements. Justin Peters makes a clear point the dangers of this movement that easily creeps in the Church. (refer to the video link I provided)

After I posted the video on the FB Page, I received a response.

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Huh…I thought. One of these ladies regularly attends my church but the other one does not. I take it they are sisters since they have similar last names. Shortly afterward my response I read this.

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First off, “controversy is not of God”? The Gospel is controversial in the eyes of the World. And then this response…

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By this point, I thought it strange the verse they quoted was something I didn’t recall. I had to look it up and see the context.

And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” Luke 9:54

Now, here is the kicker… She said Jesus responded by saying “You know not what Spirit you are of.” But when you read the rest of the section in Luke 9, it only says:

55 But he turned and rebuked them.
56 And they went on to another village.

Is this misquoting Jesus? Or is there another reference in another Gospel of this account?

Let’s look at the entire context in Luke 9.
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him.
But the people did not receive him because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”
But he turned and rebuked them.
And they went on to another village. Luke 9:51-56

His face was – They saw he was going up to Jerusalem to keep the feast; (it was the feast of tabernacles, John 7:2); and knowing him thereby to be a Jew, they would afford nothing for his entertainment; for, in religious matters, the Samaritans and Jews had no dealings: see John 4:9. The Samaritans were a kind of mongrel heathens; they feared Jehovah and served other gods, 2 Kings 17:34. They apostatized from the true religion and persecuted those who were attached to it. See an account of them, Matthew 16:1 (note). Those only who have deserted the truth of God, or who are uninfluenced by it, hate them who embrace and act by it. When a man has once decidedly taken the road to heaven, he can have but little credit any longer in the world, 1 John 3:1. (From BibleHub)

As you can see, this verse has nothing to do with rebuking those who cause division within the Church. This goes towards those outside the Faith. Not to mention the misquote from Jesus.

I can continue with more screenshots but you probably get the point.  So, here is my rant and concerns. (in question form)

  1. Is it wrong to post such videos from one who has a discernment to a church that has these types of teachings or beliefs of the Word of Faith movement?
  2. Does this in any way bring division for those who believe in such a movement? Should it?
  3. Why is it that those who are of the Charismatic type get a pass when they speak in tongues without an interpreter but those who practice their gift of discernment gets shut down? They are quickly insulted and dismissed.

There is more to tell and more details of this discussion, but I’m still debating on sharing that info. Let me say that the post was deleted.

Feel free to answer these questions either here or on my Facebook posts.

With all of this happening, my desire to remain in this church has diminished. It seems there is no one on my side on this, including the Pastor, who sees my views as too controversial.  I wonder, in the end, if practicing Discernment is even worth doing.

-J.W.

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