This Crosstalk featured a special message called, "Biblical Discernment in the Last Days". This message was delivered at a VCY America rally in September of this year by Mike Gendron.
For over 30 years Mike was a devout Roman Catholic and was taught to rely upon the authority of the church. He followed the priests, the sacraments and was depending upon his own good works for salvation. However, in 1981 after attending an apologetics seminar called, 'Evidence for the Christian Faith' the Bible became his sole authority in all matters of faith. As he searched the Scriptures he was amazed to see how often the Bible contradicts the teaching and tradition of the church he had been a part of for so long. Mike placed his trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and the Bible became his sole authority in all matters of faith. He founded a ministry, Proclaiming the Gospel that points people to Jesus Christ as the all-sufficient Savior.
Mike began [this message] by noting how many professing Christians in the 21st Century cannot discern the difference between a true and false gospel or even between a true and false Christ. They have become like the religious leaders in Christ's Day who could identify weather patterns yet couldn't discern truth from error. ...
Questions answered by Mike's presentation include:
--What is discernment and why do we need it?
--How is Satan attacking the Christian faith?
--What are the causes for the decline of discernment within the body of Christ
--What must we do to live with discernment in these days of great deception?
READ MORE + LISTEN: http://www.vcyamerica.org/blog/2015/10/14/biblical-discernment-in-the-last-days
You can also purchase the entire presentation on CD or DVD.
Watch: Mike Gendron - VCY Rally - "Biblical Discernment in the Last Days” on Vimeo.
In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.
First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil." The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, "Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer-it is required.
Read more: https://www.gty.org/library/questions/QA138/what-is-biblical-discernment-and-why-is-it-important
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