As I begin our final Discerning the Drift radio programs exposing the deception of the immensely popular “Christian” book “Jesus Calling” and all of the spin off curriculum it has birthed, my concern for the subtle deception of Christians has been heightened. Discerning the Drift is one of many ministries longing to make our fellow Christians more aware of the many deceptive practices taking place within the church under the banner of Christianity. With the understanding that one is genuinely biblically born again since salvation is of the primary importance, the next foundational lesson is to be as familiar with the Word of God as academically possible, understanding what the Bible teaches and, just as important, what it does not teach. It is not necessary to be a highly educated theologian since my years of investigation has proven that having earned seminary degrees does not protect anyone from being deceived, but a well grounded understanding of the basic teachings of Scripture is mandatory. Once established, locate the work and writings of other born again believers, past and present, with a deeper contextual understanding of the Bible and familiarize yourself with their biblical wisdom in all matters of core doctrines and theology. Another, just as important, venue to protect against being subtly set adrift from biblical truth, is to have a basic understanding of heresies being promoted under the guise of biblical truth. An in depth understanding of the questionable teachings is not required but simply the basics will suffice. Having an “on guard” attitude is indispensable since this is what initially sends up red flags in what we are hearing or reading. In a day when the majority of Christians are seemingly ignorant of actual biblical truth and are far too trusting in accepting the many simply professing to be Christian the need for discernment ministries is at an all time high. The members of Discerning the Drift believe that discernment is not only for a chosen few but for all genuinely saved Christians with a deep desire to progressively grow in their sanctification toward the likeness of Our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ! To be discerning is to be proactive, putting forth effort with the goal of not being blind sided by deception wrapped in Christian vocabulary. Discernment does not come by osmosis but through hard work and diligence with the Cross of Christ and biblical truth as the central focus of our Christian walk. Christianity is ripe with “doctrines of demons” that have seeped into the church without even the slightest struggle from the majority of Christians. At present, a line is being drawn within Christianity in which all Christians must decide whether they will choose to compromise or faithfully stand on the uncompromising truth of God’s Word. The New Testament church can not carry the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to the lost world if it continues to be infected by the disease of compromise whether it’s labeled Purpose Driven/Seeker Sensitive, Emergent/Postmodern, Social Gospel/Social Justice, Contemplative Mysticism, New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism, Word of Faith/Law of Attraction, or ecumenism! We must choose who we will serve. If God be God, serve Him, if Baal be god, then serve him, (I Kings 18:19-22/Matt. 6:24) but we must stop seeking to reside in the church while desiring to appease the world, all at the detriment of Biblical TRUTH!!!
Because of Christ, Addie K. Miller