Choose three key "hills to die on." Be careful to evaluate every message and ministry you encounter through the doctrinal grid of these three elements: a high view of the Bible as the inspired Word of God, a high view of God Himself that is firmly founded in the truths of Scripture, and a high view of the gospel that maintains a biblical view of sin, self, and salvation.


Keep growing. Remember that the path to discernment is also the path to spiritual maturity. Persevere through trials and stay disciplined. Know that the reward of wisdom is worthwhile!

Adapted from Fool's Gold? Discerning Truth in an Age of Error, edited by John MacArthur, copyright 2005 by The Shepherds' Fellowship.   Published by Crossway Books, a ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Ill., 


John MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and president of The Master's College and Seminary. He is the author and editor of many books, including Crossway's Think Biblically! and Ashamed of the Gospel. He can be heard on the "Grace to You" radio program, which broadcasts daily across the United States to nearly 300 stations.