Is biblical discernment at an all-time low in the Christian church today? Is the ability of Western Christians to think critically, carefully and logically at a premium today? Any incisive Christian observer would have to offer an unambiguous ‘yes’ to both question, regrettably.
We know, according to Scripture, that fallen man has a fallen mind. Indeed, sinful man in rebellion against God is said to have a “reprobate” mind, a mind that fails to honour and acknowledge God (see Romans 1:18-32). Without Christ, our mind is darkened and unable to perceive spiritual truth.
But we expect believers to be different. We are to have a renewed mind which transforms us (Romans 12:2). Indeed, we are said to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). We are to renounce worldly, fleshly thinking, and think God’s thoughts after him.
Yet regrettably so many believers simply do not do this. They still think like the pagans do, and have never developed a biblical worldview. As a result, as says R.C. Sproul says, we “live in the most anti-intellectual era of church history”. That is a damning indictment – but true.