THE CRAFT OF DISCERNMENT

The Bible says, 

“Do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God.” ‬‬

1 John‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭NLT

Why? Here is the answer,

“For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others.” ‬‬

Titus‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NLT

“These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting.” ‬‬

2 Peter‬ ‭2:17-18‬ ‭NLT

“Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.” ‬‬

Romans‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭NLT

“When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves.” ‬

Jude‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT

“They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.”‬‬

Jude‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT

“These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.” Jude‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.” ‬‬

Jude‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭NLT

“Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.” ‬‬

Titus‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT

HERE IS HOW TO TREAT SUCH PEOPLE 

“If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.” ‬‬

Titus‬ ‭3:10-11‬ ‭NLT

“Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them.” ‬‬

Romans‬ ‭16:17‬ ‭NLT

“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” ‬‬

2 Timothy‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NLT