While many Christians want to know what God says, few seem prepared to do the work required to distinguish God’s truth from falsehood. Tim Challies calls this work “discernment”—judging between right and wrong based on the characteristics of the One who is truly righteous. Practicing careful judgment is a requirement for all Christians, who must protect the Gospel from distortion. Discernment allows us to root out everything that would compromise the good news of Jesus and harm the body of Christ.
11About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
1Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
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