1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
We live in an age of deception, false teachers, false prophets, and false teachings which requires all believers to use discernment. We are supposed to judge teachings like the Berean Christians did in Acts 17:11 where they received the Word with an open attitude but then searched the Scriptures to see if the teachings were so.
I once heard a preacher on TV say, “The Christian community is stuck on judging and they need to resist the nudge to judge.” He went on to say, “We judge what we’re having a problem with.” He said this on national TV while defending another ministry who had come under some criticism for his teachings. It came across almost like he was saying do not judge at all and in a tone of scolding people for not getting behind this teacher that he obviously was very enamored with and even giddy about.
Jesus did tell us not to judge but it is speaking more of hasty, unjust, censorious, and condemning judgment. We can certainly judge conduct but people’s heart or motives we cannot see (Matthew 7:1). Jesus called carnal judgment judging merely after the sight of our eyes but He also said to judge righteous judgment (John 7:24). I agree from Matthew 7:1-4 failure to judge yourself affects what you see in others but we don’t just, “judge what we are having a problem with,” because “He that is spiritual judges all things …,” 1 Corinthians 2:15. The mind of Christ in us judges and discerns all things. We also have the unction or anointing of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth in us to help us know and discern all things (1 John 2:20, 27).
Truth from the Word of God and Spirit of God will bear up under scrutiny if it is the truth. The Bible tells us to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). There is a carnal judgment we should avoid but there is a righteous judgment that causes us to see things in the light of the Word and even see not only truth but also sin like God sees it (John 7:24).
Yes, we do need fresh voices of established truths to restore what may have been lost or to bring an emphasis of something neglected. Yes, we need to experience all that God has for us in His Word as well as in the realm of the supernatural, but we also need to examine to see if it’s all in the Word. We shouldn’t experience less than what’s in the Bible, but what we experience should be in the Bible.
There are some people who are not as concerned about what is Biblical as they are with receiving more of what’s happening. We should be more concerned to see if what’s happening is in the Word or within the boundaries of what truth defines as acceptable. The great “Prince of Preachers” Charles Spurgeon once said, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”