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Eyes Closed Shut


A good warning for those who are negligent in examining the teachers and teachings they encounter:

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To lack discernment is to sin against God. It is an inevitable result of turning from him. It is easy to look at those who have turned from God and look at their lustful and angry hearts and affirm that this is a result of their sin. When a Christian falls into moral sin he may well examine his life to determine how he has turned his back on God, but is the same true when he exhibits a lack of discernment? A wise pastor writes, “to willingly neglect the truth and to walk with our eyes closed shut while good and evil stare us in the face is to sin against God, ourselves, our families, and our church. . . . Again, this is worth stating over and over again. It is the responsibility of every Christian to learn, to be disciplined in the Word, so that we can know how to be discerning. To fail to discern is to walk in darkness.”

This is the bad news. Scripture portrays those who lack spiritual discernment in three ways: they are spiritually immature, they are backslidden, and they are dead. Those who lack discernment or do not care for it will fit into one of these three categories. These are the dangers of ignoring discernment.

But there is good news, too. The Bible declares that there are many benefits stored up for those who desire discernment, those who seek after and practice it.

—Tim Challies, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Crossway, 2007), 27.

First posted January 17, 2008.



Posted 2019·08·15 by David Kjos
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