Jerry Wiles on Credibility, Trustworthiness and the Good News

United States Capital, Washington DC

During the decade of the 1980s, while serving as chairman of a coalition of a few hundred ministry and mission organizations, I had the opportunity of being part of fact-finding delegations to foreign countries.  It was a major eye opener for me in becoming more aware of how things are often very different than they appear to be.  The news and entertainment industries often give a very different perspective on what is actually going on in the world. I became aware of how important it is to verify before making judgements or taking action.  Multiple sources of news and information can add clarity and perspective.  However, spiritual discernment and godly wisdom are also vital aspects in determining how we are to live our lives, honor God and advance His Kingdom.

Reality of Spiritual Warfare

In the current cultural, ideological and political climate, it seems that many people tend to believe what they want to believe;  what supports their own opinions and viewpoints.  There is a growing need these days to examine the sources of information we receive.  Finding credible and trustworthy sources is not always easy.  Asking the right questions and seeking out those who have informed facts and godly wisdom is vital.  Jesus told us not to judge according to appearance, but to judge righteous judgement.  We need to consider our sources and not take things at face-value.  It is important also to  pray, seek God’s perspective, trust Him, and recognize that we are living in a season of intense spiritual warfare.

Consider the Source

Everyone is subject to being deceived and misled in some way.  Sadly, we are living in a time when the majority of the people of the world are being deceived or mislead, especially in the spiritual realm.  Prophets of old warned of a time when there would be great deception and darkness, where good would be called evil, and evil good.   As followers of Jesus and as ambassadors (representatives) of the Lord, it’s important that we have a safeguard against being deceived or mislead ourselves.  Otherwise, we could be subject to misleading others.  For those of us who have access to the Word of God in written form, in a language we can understand and the ability to read it with comprehension, it is a great blessing and privilege indeed.  However, a large percentage of the world’s population, even today, do not have access to the Scriptures.  Many who have access to Scripture do not read or know it.

Trust and Verify

When you hear news reports, or when someone tells you something, how do you know if it’s true or not?  How much confidence can you have in the source of information you receive every day?  These are pretty important questions, and in some cases, could be a matter of life and death.  Over the years I have had the opportunity of spending a considerable amount of time in our    I frequently attended or participated in various conferences, conventions and events.  Sometimes they were covered by major news media sources.  On occasions I would see the evening news reports of those events.  Seeing the news coverage was often very different than the actual event that I had attended and observed first hand.  In fact, from the news coverage, one would hardly recognize many of them as the same events.

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SOURCE: Assist News