Discerning What is Best

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God (Phil. 1.9-11 NIV).

A half truth is usually a whole lie. This is why Paul prays for the Philippian’s wisdom (knowledge and depth of insight) to discern between opinions. Getting the position wrong involves blame and impurity (vs.10). Following the wrong path will also result in bareness of fruit (vs. 11). To me, it seems impossible for a Spirit-filled Christian to be simultaneous fooled by a false narrative.

A subtle voice says to join in a moralistic crusade to achieve “family values,” while ignorant of greater dangers. Of course Christians should guide their families into the truth, but it seems like most are not teaching their families at all and rather want societal control over areas in which they, as Christians, are not allowed. Societal conformity to an outward standard and lacking inward righteousness is the scheme of the devil and deadly trap. “The many” and the “broad way” will continue to exist even though some will seek to obscure them with external strictures.

Steve Bateman warns Christians to not get played by the faulty narrative of Eric Metaxas.

Review: ‘Letter to the American Church’ by Eric Metaxas

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