The contributors to Conservative Resurgence Voices have questioned what, if anything, separates us from the so-called ‘discernment ministries.’ Although we believe in discernment, and we believe in ministry, we nevertheless find some discernment ministries highly suspect, if for no other reason than they often make the work of ministry that much more difficult. We have reached a point where almost anyone who raises an objection to almost anything is dismissed as being a ‘discernment blogger.’ Certainly a celebrity culture that considers itself above the need for accountability and questions and critique can carry some blame. But discernment bloggers are hardly blameless.
In this Twitter thread, Richard Caldwell addresses ‘discernment’ social media, writing, “They claim it’s all about the Bible, but in truth it’s often about them. It often involves taking the worst possible angle on their opponent’s words or decisions.”
In this tweet thread, Jason K. Allen explains, “One of the most disappointing aspects of ministry is that, inexplicably, some people will simply choose to lie about you. I’m not referring to innocent misunderstandings or misstatements, I mean the intentional decision to spread falsehood, to impugn you, to do you harm.”
In this article, Jason K. Allen writes, “No entity or national leader is above accountability. To ask honest questions isn’t launching an attack, it’s being a responsible Southern Baptist stakeholder.”