“And they (Priests) shall teach My People the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23
It is the duty of the God called preacher to teach God’s Children the difference between holy and profane and cause them to discern between good and evil. This duty includes discerning between good and that which appears good but has an evil root. The spirit behind the appearance of good is the discerning factor hence the problem with the “modern” proclaimed Christian music. Much of this music appeals to emotions and has nothing to do with the worship of Jehovah God even though they mention the name Jesus and speak of God.
“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The plumb line is and will always be the Word of God…not our emotions or feelings. ALL Scripture, not just some, is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. Recognize whether or not the preacher is causing you to discern between the good and almost good. That which goes under the banner of Christianity but has nothing to do with the work of God and in fact corrupts the work of God by causing God’s Children to be swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine often appears good but in reality plants seeds of death in the Believer. Remember, it is no great thing if satan’s ministers be transformed as the ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
“2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-3
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will always and without doubt lay waste every wind of doctrine coming down the pike. Lifting Jesus up, Who He is and what He has done, for Salvation to a lost and dying world and deliverance from the besetting sin that has the Saint bound will have It’s effect. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will always have an effect; whether it be a softened heart or a hardened heart, Christ and Him crucified will take us to a point of decision to receive or reject His Truth.
“8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wheresoever you go.” Joshua 1:8-10
-Donna Clark Warren