The gift of discernment

Kudos to James Toews who has written an article in the March 2011 MB Herald under Intersection of Faith and Life called ‘The gift of skepticism.’ It is the hope of the olives and Menno-lite that all those who are part of the Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will also welcome this ‘gift.’ If there could be one correction made in the article, it would be editing the word “skepticism” and replacing it with the word “discernment.” The gift of discernment (1 Cor. 12:10) is the supernatural gift to some members of the body of Christ to distinguish good from evil. It’s like an internal warning system that goes off when something phony or evil is encountered. There are many today who seem to be dull of hearing when it comes to this God given warning system. The Bible says that these are the ones who don’t have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:11-14). This passage also infers that all Christians should grow into discernment by studying scripture.

One might say that Menno Simons was skeptical of false Roman Catholic doctrines, but this is better described as an example of the Holy Spirit granting discernment by revealing truth through His Word.

As Mennonite ‘skeptics’ wonder why their concerns are not being heard by the ears of the MB leadership, it’s refreshing to hear that at least one MB Herald writer will not be covering his.


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