EXAMINING VS CRITICAL. The enemy always beats me up with, “You are too critical!” And I fall into shame and I really have to allow the Spirit to examine my heart. Am I examining or being critical? I’m an examiner by nature, I’ve never just taken a person at their word without examining it. How much more so now that I’m a daughter of the Most High? Critical means to come at it with fault finding, examining is as you would a child’s head for nits. I’m not trying to find fault with her scalp, I’m seeing if there’s anything that needs to be picked out that might cause harm. It is wisdom to examine the preaching and teaching of others. “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11 NKJV They EXAMINED the word spoken to them. Some people will examine a watermelon more thoroughly than they will a preacher’s sermon or new book. Just because the preacher is “popular” doesn’t mean he’s in the truth. Just because they have a big church doesn’t mean God’s growing them. People flock to teachers to tickle their ears. How do we examine preaching? By the Word of God, not your feelings. If a small part is contrary to Scripture, pick it out. There’s still a principle. But if the WORD is undermined, the whole thing just needs to be tossed in the garbage disposal.
Examining vs Critical