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"Throughout the whole world error & truth travel the same highways, work in the same fields & factories, attend the same churches, fly in the same planes & shop in the same stores. So skilled is error at imitating truth that the two are constantly being mistaken for each other. It takes a sharp eye these days to know which brother is Cain & which is Abel!" ~ A.W. Tozer
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"Fraudulent leaders in our churches seem to be as comfortable with their deceptive schemes as magicians are with their trickery.

Mesmerizing their audience with smooth talk and charismatic charm, they confidently prey upon their unsuspecting victims' lack of biblical literacy and misplaced loyalty.

Such is a disheartening state of affairs. Of course false teachers desire to be let alone. To convey correction is a great transgression against God.

Some fume threatening speech: 'Touch not the Lord's anointed' or 'Judge not'. Clearly, thieves love darkness and hate to be counter-targeted by the flaming light of truth.

Bless the forthright watchmen who possess the courage and exegetical fortitude to sound the horn on serpentine ministers who have inconspicuously slithered into the Church.

We must address the serious issue of how long those who seek God's Truth will walk in brotherhood with those who have deviated from Truth.

Division is often met with reprimand in the name of love and tolerance. Appeasement to political correctness rather than an adherence to biblical correctness is the dominate order of our day.

Godly love and truth causes division ... separating the narrow path of Truth from the wide road of error and ungodly concession.

Today, it is incumbent that believers proceed with caution so that they do not give support and sanction those who have betrayed the Lord.

Regrettably, many naive people wink at doctrinal transgressions so long as it is perpetrated by a captivating, kind, and loving 'man of God'.

Ministers of darkness cloaked as angels of light are conveniently undiscerned. Let true believers judge righteously and take heed to the words of Paul:

'For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.'
(Acts 20:29-31)"

~ Victor T. Stephens

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"Do not think I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword." (Matt. 10:34)
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Truth and Discernment Ministry is a personal apologetics ministry of Victor T. Stephens. This web based ministry has been established to unmask the proliferation of unbiblical traditions and critical deviations of Scripture by false teachers who have permeated the Body of Christ. Truth and Discernment Ministry is also devoted to motivating and equipping believers in Christ to discern erroneous doctrines that have illusively trespassed into our local churches and media (Acts 17:11).
 
Here you will find articles, devotionals, and other useful resources for your personal edification. Take note that the information contained on this website is not for those who subscribe to tolerance, compromise, and doctrinal indifference; but for those who are motivated and studious in seeking God's truth. Psalm 119:104 states, "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."
 
Since launching this website in March 2006, numerous responses have been received regarding the articles I have written. Overwhelmingly, the article entitled, "The Word-Faith Movement: Wolves In Sheep's Clothing", has gained prominent consideration. If this is your first visit, I highly recommend that you read this comprehensive study and critique.
 
This ministry acknowledges that there are those who do not understand the concerns and warnings to the body of Christ with respect to unveiling, reproving, and refutation of non-biblical traditions and false teachers. Unfortunately, many people believe it is unfitting to expose error and publicly rebuke those who have deviated from truth. This conjecture is supremely advocated by charismatic Word-Faith teachers and many of their supporters. Those who dare venture into the arena of public refutation are often met with a backlash of volatile and rabid counteractions or are accused of being judgmental, unloving, and divisive. Moreover, threats are relentlessly utilized in the form of inappropriate and antagonistic scriptural interpretations ("Touch not the Lord's anointed", "Judge not", for example). For the record, those who subscribe to this reprehensible line of thinking are either wicked or immature.
 
Quite naturally, false teachers fear exposure. They don't like being confronted with the facts that blazes the light upon their concealed darkness. Thus, they will endeavor any plan of defense to cloak their real motives. Typically, the strategy is to cleverly manipulate their supporters and silence the opposition so that they can continue to peddle their perverted doctrines while cunningly fleecing the flock.
 
Let's bear in mind that Satan's ministers do not emerge in their authentic form. They are characterized as "wolves in sheep's clothing"; "false apostles masquerading as apostles of Christ and servants of righteousness" (Matthew 7:15; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15). They assert to come in the name of Christ, purportedly confessing Jesus as their Savior while concurrently alleging divine revelations from God (Matthew 7:21-22). Thus, it is these individuals who may not be so transparent to theological infractions. It is this genus of pretense that has promoted a significant accrual of allegiance to false teachers.
 
On account it is our responsibility to test all teachings (Acts 17:11, 1 Thess. 5:21), this ministry will not adopt a policy of appeasement and disregard erroneous man-made traditions and false doctrines that are being dispersed through television, radio, books and within our churches. No Christian should stand by in a state of indolence and allow fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord to be deceived by false teachers or an inappropriate belief system. Such undiscerning and negligent behavior is a betrayal to Christ and to His body of believers. The Apostle John said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 1:4). In his warnings to the church, the Apostle Paul stated, "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears". (Acts 20:29-31)
 
It is with concrete certainty that idolaters of personalities do not take cordially to an impugning of their "man of God" or perhaps their "god". On account of this prima donna par excellence mentality and premeditated ignorance, these individuals have been ensnared by Satan's ministers and his counterfeit spiritual order. Thus, to their enamored and undiscerning eyes, the expounding of aberrant doctrines will be sanctioned without objection. In the words of Charles S. Graves, he states:
 
* "Clearly, when you stand for nothing - you'll fall for anything. The biggest sin you can commit in the Church today is to insist on an adherence to scriptural truth. Truth divides, love unifies! I'm afraid that the "love" being promoted in the name of unity today is not love at all. God's agape love "rejoices in the truth". The love that is being proclaimed today is not love at all -- it is simply tolerance mistaken for love. It is a counterfeit love, a perfect complement to the counterfeit Spirit that is taking control of the Church today. It is leading to an unscriptural unity -- a unity that will finally be realized when the Anti-Christ and his false prophet rise up with "all power and signs, and lying wonders"
(Charles S. Graves, "Anointing or Apostasy: The Latter Rain Legacy," p. 34).
 
I am interested in your continual feedback; therefore please feel free to sign my guestbook and/or send your comments, questions, critiques via e-mail
 
I wish to offer a few words of thanks and gratitude to those who have sent notes expressing compliments and encouragement. Let it be known that your prayers and support are personally appreciated. 
 
Thank you for visiting Truth and Discernment Ministry. I hope the information on this website will incite your thinking and encourage you to discern truth from falsehood. New articles will be added as time permits.
 
May the peace of God be with you.
 
In His Sovereign Grace,
 
Victor T. Stephens
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