The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies

The Discipline of Spiritual DiscernmentThe Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got this book through inter-library loan and I’m wishing that I owned it. I would probably have underlined half the book! 🙂
This is an excellent book on the need for Christians to practice discernment. Throughout Scripture, we are told to seek understanding and to test the spirits. The author defines discernment as “the skill of understanding and applying God’s Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong.”
The reasons for lack of discernment are addressed (low view of Scripture, low view of theology) and the importance of it in the Christian’s life. It is discussed as a spiritual gift, but not limited to just a few. Every Christian should seek to be discerning. At the end, he takes us through the steps of practicing discernment with a practical example.

I get discouraged as I see so much lack of discernment in the Christians in this country. This is a much needed discipline! We need to be able to separate truth from error, to know right from wrong and to live this out in our daily lives. One reason I see for the lack of discernment is biblical illiteracy. It’s hard to practice discernment when you don’t know the truth to begin with. The book emphasizes the importance of knowing the truth in order to recognize what is false. Rather than trying to learn what is false, we need to be saturated with the truth so that when error is introduced, we can easily recognize it as not being the truth that we know so well.
I highly recommend this book for Christians as a primer in learning how to be more discerning.

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