Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, reflects on the critical need for discernment within contemporary culture. FOX News’ Jesse Watters Primetime reports that Putin is getting information on how to conduct the war from shamans. And then it becomes clear that what was reported has not been confirmed. Whatever you think about Putin and Russia’s war against Ukraine, you must exercise discernment skills when you listen to news reports about it. Another example that illustrates the crucial need for discernment is Pat Robertson’s recent remarks about Ezekiel’s prophecies and Russia’s war against Ukraine. A further example involves a sitting member of congress who, in 2019, warned, “the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Sophistry and sensationalism in any form needs to be tested and discerned.

Jesse Watters Primetime, “Putin and Kremlin leaders allegedly using Shamans as advisors,” FOX News, March 8, 2022, For Pat Robertson’s statements, see Steve Warren, “‘God Is Getting Ready to Do Something Amazing’: CBN Founder Pat Robertson on Russia and Its Place in Prophecy,” CBN News, February 28, 2022, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez video on climate change. 

For help developing discernment skills, see the following articles: “Should Christians Judge the Teachings of Their Leaders?” D-I-S-C-E-R-Nment in an Age of Information Overload,” Christians Criticizing Christians: Can It Be Biblical?”, “The Fine Points of Discernment,” Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization,”  “Developing Discernment in Devotional Reading”.

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