When people ask me what’s the biggest problem in the church? I always say the same thing, the absence of discernment. That is the biggest problem in the church because if you can’t discern the truth with the Word of God in your hand with the Bible in your hand, if you can’t discern the truth, you can die of a thousand heresies. It’s like having spiritual AIDS. People who have a deficient immune system can die of a thousand illnesses. The church can die of a thousand heresies if it can’t exercise discernment. This is always the issue.
And part of the responsibility of ministry is the positive side to instruct with great patience, as Paul said to Timothy. But the other side is to reprove, rebuke, and exhort and use the Word of God to do that. And to exercise discernment is at the very heart of Christian living because Christian living is a reflection of Christian thinking, and Christian thinking must be attached to sound doctrine, and that’s where discernment begins.