Spiritual discernment is not telling GOOD from EVIL – it is discerning TRUTH from ALMOST TRUTH.
I get ignored and I get “push back” – usually from “the leaders”. And it’s always interesting when you see their eyes “dart” and you begin to realize that they are looking for a way out of the conversation.
If I changed the subject – would they listen then?
Have you ever noticed that anytime there is a group of men gathered – the subject invariably turns to sports:
- The “stats” on such-n-such player –
- The team trade
- Who’s going to the Superbowl…
This happens very often even in “church circles” – even the Pastor or whomever is teaching that morning – they are free to bring up “the game”
But let someone like me bring up one of the subjects that this blog-site includes and you are sure to get the classic statement – “what does that matter…?” or “You are just spreading fear…” or “As long as we know Jesus – these things are not important…”
In truth – these things are VERY IMPORTANT. Why? Because our children will be impacted by these things. If not our children, and if Jesus “tarries” (as the saying goes) – then our children’s children. And knowing and understanding these things could make the difference between standing and “falling away”. and if we do not teach ourselves – how would we ever teach our children? How will they discern good from evil when satan has worked so hard and long on his deception(s)? —
I’ve heard people say -“oh! I’ll never be deceived!”
They already are. We are all born into the deception.
It seems that we are allowed to talk about a myriad of things that TRULY DO NOT MATTER – but the things that do – the things that might cause controversy – we are not to discuss. You are not “to bring this in my church” – as I’ve been told. “It’s inappropriate to ask questions in Bible study” (That’s another good one…)
Would you believe that those who claim to know THE PRINCE OF PEACE and claim to have HOLY SPIRIT who LEADS YOU INTO ALL TRUTH – have great fear when they are told the truth? – and so choose to NOT know. Never mind the fact that scripture states that “in all your getting – get knowledge…” and that God frowns on those who reject knowledge:
Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24 –
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
He goes on to describe a number of things that are not “fun” or “sweet sounding” – but He also goes on to say that “These things I have told you – that when their time comes… I have told you before”
Jesus tells them ahead of time that things will get rough – and here are the details of what’s going to take place. Don’t be afraid – the world will hate you but I have overcome the world. Jesus tells us many times – DO NOT FEAR.
Because we are bound to have some fear – if only in the form of apprehension – of the unknown. But if you know ahead of time – it’s not unknown – right? People are going to FEAR – especially when we are smack dab in the coming tribulations. But if they know ahead of time what’s coming – they won’t be confused. A little fear could be useful when we need someone to move/act. On the other hand – fear combined with confusion is dangerous for everyone.