Discerning Truth in a World of Deception
Series Crosstalk America
Jim began by referring to 2 Timothy 3 where Paul warns that in the last days perilous times shall come and he outlines a number of characteristics of those days. Then in verse 5 he notes, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." You'll also see that he warns that this kind of deception will get worse and worse.
One of the greatest spiritual deceptions of our day is shown by the people who claim to be Christian yet the doctrine and teachings they espouse are very far removed from the Bible.
For example, in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 Paul said, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." In other words, many people can be deceived and not even know it.
So how can we discern truth in a world of deception? Returning to Crosstalk to answer that question was Mike Gendron. Mike is founder and director of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry. Mike was a devout Roman Catholic for over 3 decades and was taught to rely upon the authority of the church above all else. Mike searched the Scriptures and was amazed to find that what he read in Scripture contradicted the teaching and tradition of the church he had been a part of for so long. He trusted Jesus as his Savior and now the Bible has become his sole authority in all matters of faith.
How does Mike define discernment? It's being able to tell what is true and what is false. Why do we need this? It's because this is the way we can tell good from evil and it exposes those who call evil good, and good, evil.
|Jul 13, 2023