If you haven’t read the last blog or the comment, a quick summary of the blog was that I picked up on a poorly chosen word in a devotion my wife and I were reading, and explained why it was incorrect theologically. The wording was that God made choices based on what he “felt” was right. And here is the comment that was posted in response, a supportive comment I really appreciated:
“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.”
“ For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.”
As a reader, it is important, though sometimes tricky, to use discernment well. We need to be able to discern false doctrine, but not all mistakes are false doctrine, they are merely mistakes. We need to be able to glean out what is true from those mistakes, perhaps seeking to draw the intent of the speaker or writer. Many a time I have heard preachers, musicians and note Bible teachers say things that are not true, usually overstating their case or making assertions beyond what the scripture text allows. Generally speaking, if it is just a mistake that is not the main point of the presentation, I usually just let it go as the chaff mixed in with the wheat. There are times, though, that the teaching can be misleading at the core, and then we need to speak up. But I would hope none of us would fret so much over the fallible parts of the materials we are offered that we deny ourselves of the blessings and truths that can come our way through gleaning the valuable nuggets included.