"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ."
The goal is the equip each person to serve as a minister. Now our folks discerned well. But I have seen many in Christendom who do not know how to discern. With that in mind, the scripture revealed that the standard is to which we compare ourselves to is Christ. The challenge is immaturity, changing winds of doctrine, trickery of men along with their deceitful plotting. My assignment, the believer’s assignment, is to speak the truth in love.
To equip the believer in Jesus Christ to serve as a minister they must mature. Hebrews 5:12-14 tells us that the mature believer can discern between good and evil. Discern also means judge. 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 teaches us that the mature, spiritually discerning one does not judge people, as that is the Lord's job, but they do judge things such as words and actions. How do you decide? You compare the words and actions you observe to God's word.
That statement reveals one of the biggest challenges today. That is ignorance of God's word. The American Bible Society reported that in 2020 only 9% read their Bible daily. Barna reported in a report about a decade ago that only 11% have read through their Bible once and recently they reported that only 19% of Christians hold a Biblical worldview.
Hosea 4:6 says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."
Without the knowledge of God's word, you cannot judge or discern. You see my opinion means nothing. God's word, which is the Truth, means everything for that is what will ultimately judge us. Jesus said in John 12:47-48:
"And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day."