“When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11)
West notes that Christian watchblogger sites “must hold to all the essentials of the Christian faith; secondly, must fall within the pale of orthodoxy; thirdly, must teach sound doctrine; fourthly, must confront false teaching head on.”
I am beginning to understand that discernment sites are valuable, and necessary, but limited. Do we really reach the people sitting in the pews? I would have to say no. One encouraging development in this are the short booklet tracts that Lighthouse Trails has been publishing. These are fairly inexpensive and a concerned Christian can hand them out at will.
If the visible church studied the Word of God as we are instructed to do, there would be little need for discernment sites.
Here is a portion of an email I received from a former blogger:
“I am not sure I would even call discernment a ‘ministry’. Yes, mature Christians are all called to discern good from evil, but any ministry we may have is actually the Lord’s, and the proof of any ministry is that it will point to Christ and bear fruit. Jesus didn’t mince words and He did call out the false teachers, as did the apostles, but another aspect of ministry is that the work of the Holy Spirit always points to Christ. A blog can point out error and that is helpful and necessary, as not everyone has time to research facts, but if it lacks compassion and does not present the gospel truth in love, it is a scorching wind. And yes, many such blogs are simply nasty gossip sources, their administrators having lost sight of the very purpose for discernment.” (bold mine)
The author of the email pointed to Philippians 1:9-11 as “a good guide for the purpose of discernment.”
According to Philippians 1:9-11, And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.