Discernment Bloggers Want to Expose and Destroy Things.
You’re Partly Right.
What are we up to?
We’re attempting to imitate Paul as he imitated Christ.
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
We accomplish these goals in a way that is appropriately kind, but that gets to the point.
Don’t like it? Please take it up with Paul.
I don’t mind sharing strategic thoughts with you, my friends — and even some of my opponents who may be reading. Those who have truth on their side rarely need secrecy.
Why do we make it a goal to #EndTheERLC or #EndTGC?
The goal of discrediting any particular organization or leader is a carrot we can use to help set our eyes in the same direction. It’s a concrete. It can change later if needed. It’s a symbol.
What it symbolizes is: Leftist collectivism and biblical compromise entrenched within Christian culture and institutions. We fight against disvalues as part of a program to fight for values. We educate people about the need to think in principle about what they are willing to accept and support. We want to see more Christians supporting the truth. To that end, we point out the liars.
After Russell Moore, there will be many more leaders like him. This will be a long culture war. Perhaps centuries long. We do not need to win. We need to fight faithfully. We need only to be seen and heard, and, God willing, the truth will be heard more broadly within the lives of our children and grandchildren than it has been in our day.
What is it that we’re after? What is our end game?
You see people like myself and various friends on social media constantly talking about concerns that we have with things that are said by Beth Moore, or Russell Moore, or The Gospel Coalition, or the ERLC.
Is it really just the passion of our heart to find people out there that are saying things that we disagree with and to cut them down? Is that really what we’re all about? Not at all.
What we are about is securing a future to our children and our grandchildren. A future in which mainstream evangelical organizations are run by people who understand the need for economic liberty and people who understand the need for biblical fidelity.
Since we don’t see that, these organizations that we are speaking against are simply a carrot or a focal point: something we can rally about and say “This is something that we need to change.”
It will be something else eventually.
Why do you keep working to discredit people? What’s the point?
There is a great need in the church for biblical discernment.
Right now there is and industry that is pushing biblical compromise on the topic of women pastors, or on the topic of acceptance of SSA identity, or on the topic of socialism, or on the topic of race-based grievance hustling, and the overall oppression olympics and “victim identity” type politics.
This cannot be the message of the church. It’s wrong. And so, to the extent that we can, we speak out against it.
To the extent that we can, we want to be faithful witnesses — even to our fellow Christians about what the Bible says.
And so when we say, “Let us discredit somebody like Russell Moore, or the ERLC, or Beth Moore, or any other prominent figure” we’re not doing it because we dislike them.
We’re doing it to stand for the truth. This just helps.
Who does discernment ministry actually help?
So who does discernment ministry help?
It helps the average Christian: the Christian who is somebody who buys books or donates to his church — and that church donates to the SBC cooperative program.
And he needs to have a responsibility over his giving.
It’s a matter of stewardship to know where you’re giving and what’s being done with that.
So if you’re giving to programs that are actually not spreading the gospel but that claim to be, you ought to know it. It’s not fair that you wouldn’t know where your money is going or who it is that you’re supporting.
So we’re helping people be faithful — be wise — as stewards. And in many cases that means pointing out:
“You don’t want to support this; you probably shouldn’t support this. You should buy that book. You shouldn’t go to that conference. You shouldn’t support that missions program, because that missions program doesn’t actually do the things that it says it’s doing.”
At its best, discernment ministry is a means of helping Christians think independently, instead of following the “fame = credibility” model.
The best discernment ministry is the one that puts the reader in the driver’s seat. What I mean is: We give the facts, we report, and then we let the reader decide.
So we don’t start out the article by saying “Jane, you ignorant such and such.” That’s not respectful to the reader or the listener.
Rather, we say, “This is what’s happening. This is why we’re concerned about it. Here are the facts.” And we let you decide whether this (person or event of concern) is something worth supporting or not. And that’s giving an importance to the individual mind.
Every individual has to be the judge — to be a noble Berean is what the Bible talks about — searching the Scripture to see if it’s true.
And that’s what discernment ministry is about at its best. And that’s so opposite from the model that we have today (in many public ministries), which is that fame produces credibility. It’s not biblical.
What Can You Do?
Please consider supporting a worthy discernment ministry — or starting your own. Get involved. Done right, it can be a spiritual benefit to you and those around you.
Discernment is hard work, and it often requires us to check our hearts and motives before God. It is not a task to take up lightly.
But just as it is true that “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1), so it is also true that if anyone desires to be a reporter or a source of reliable information, that is also a noble task.
Discernment can be done well; it should be done well.
You may have a part to play.