Give Thanks in All Circumstances, Hold Fast to What is Good

Give thanks in all circumstances…Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1Thess 5:18-22)

Test everything, even scripture.  Yes, test even the scriptures.  There are things the biblical writers say that are not the word of God.  Is it the word of God that allowed slavery?  Is it the word of God to demean, diminish and defame women?  Is it the word of God to demean, diminish or defame anyone?  Test everything and keep only what is good and throw out everything tainted with evil.

Creator God,  give me the discernment to not be fooled by evil disguised as good.

(This is an encore post, from last year.)

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About Jim Whalen

Jim Whalen is a Theologian, Minister, Writer, Speaker, and Visual Artist. He has a Master of Divinity Degree from The Samuel DeWitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He is an advocate for LGBTQ equality and the integration of Spirituality and Sexuality. Jim is available for Speaking and can be contaced via this site or Almost all of the illustrations used here are original works of art by me, Jim Whalen. If you would like to see more of my art visit my gallery at:

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