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Discernment in an Age of Propaganda

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. –John 8:44-45

A good attribute of a walk with Christ is discernment in all areas of life. Unfortunately, we live in a day where we must question almost everything. Motives and money trails are weapons of discernment in the age of propaganda.

Augustine rightly viewed evil as the privation of good (“All which is corrupted is deprived of good”). The ‘perversion of the will, turned aside from God’ will sow and reap that which is unprofitable and ultimately destructive. Each living soul is accountable. Wherever the light of the gospel fails to shine, the doors of depravity open wide.

Satan doesn’t discriminate. He will exploit, devour and ultimately discard all things to achieve his purposes. But God helps those who wisely pursue such causes. Nobody lives forever and to fall into the hands of the Living God is a dreadful proposition.

And so with this in mind, we must almost cynically critique the narratives that not only defy benevolence but also defy logic and reason, merely serving as a means to a demonic end. But most importantly, the biblical truth must be preserved.

It is one thing to buy into lies promulgated by an unregenerate world. It’s quite another to let them subtly infiltrate and confound the church.

God is the Alpha and Omega and He never changes.

Machen on The Responsibility of the Church in Our New Age

[Contributed by Anthony Castellitto]

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