"As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, 'There men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.' And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, 'I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.' And it came out that very hour."
Acts 16:16-19

It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way. I want to point out two implications from the above passage. First, we will look at the craftiness of the Enemy. Second we will discover the need for Holy Spirit led discernment.

Isn't it interesting that the demon possessed girl was declaring the truth? She was not hurling false accusations, or even appealing to some other god. The Enemy is crafty indeed. He was able to have this girl say the right thing in the wrong way. Her words were true. Paul and Silas were servants of the Most High God and they were declaring the way of salvation. Satan was using the true as a platform for destruction. This is often how Satan injects false teaching into the church today. Almost every false "christian" teacher of our day can hide behind true statements of faith. Our defeated Foe is still at work doing the same effective things. 

So who in our day will do the work of Paul "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her?" The discernment blogger steps up and declares "I will." Yet, I have never read a passage in the Bible that calls bloggers to "Guard the deposit entrusted to them." 1 Tim 6:20. It is the Shepherds that must step up through the power of the Holy Spirit and fight for the people of God. As a Pastor, I need to understand my responsibility to discern when defensible teaching (Like the teaching of the demon possessed servant girl) is to be called out. We don't have to start our own discernment blog, we don't have to be the watchdog for the whole church in America. But, for the sake of the local church we serve, Pastor, stand against the craftiness of the Devil as we fight for the people of God for the Glory of God. 

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