When we think of the discerning people in our churches, they are often known as judgmental, unkind, rude, crazy, uptight, nit-picky, obnoxious, hard to please, and a host of other poor characteristics. The discerning church members are stamped with this label because discernment isn’t always done well. As humans, our tactics can be sin-filled rather than grace-filled.
Knowing this, discerning church members sometimes decide to call it quits when they see that their labor provides no fruit and no change of heart. They decide to simply be “gracious” and ignore that their fellow church members are deep in false teaching.
However, that is not the grace-filled response to discernment. You don’t need to stop warning others and pointing out false teachings in order to be gracious. You can be both a grace-filled and discerning church member simultaneously. But first, it requires remembering the grace of the gospel.
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