About those "Discernment Ministries"

Using my bunny ears and my softest kitten voice, I want to talk today about “discernment bloggers.” Are these bloggers following a biblical mandate? Are they generally mean-spirited folks? Should we be reading them, and if so, how often?

I didn’t know until about a year ago that there is an acronym for what I do: DDM, or Daily Discernment Ministry.  Really? I don’t really think of what I do as a ministry. And I certainly don’t think we ought to be getting our “daily discernment” from a blog! Your daily discernment comes from God’s Word, and time spent studying it every day.

Discernment is about knowing God's Word so that we can recognize the pure truth from stuff that sounds almost sorta kinda true. And these days there's a whole lotta "almost" that sounds more like relevant worldy psychology than the Gospel of repentance and faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.

What I do, both here and over at Berean Research, is cover and report on the times we are in – the “great falling away” Jesus spoke of when He warned His followers about the false teachers who would decimate the flock and deceive even the elect.  Whether it’s the daily news I post or the research papers on a particular movement that has infected the church, I always point people back to what God’s Word says about a particular subject. And I do this for those who are researching some of the nonsense that has masqueraded as biblical Christianity. 

That said, there are a lot of critics – mostly in the Visible Church – who have taken so-called “discernment ministries” to task lately. Sometimes they have valid points, like how we contend. But I find that most of the critics are more interested in getting Christians to stop reading blogs that would use the Light to expose darkness in the church.  

Today I sat down with Chris Rosebrough and Steven Kozar to record a conversation about Discernment for this episode of Fighting for the Faith: Discerning Discernment