How to Tell Right from Wrong

A five-step test to be able to discern between good and evil (Heb. 5:14).

   o REPUTATION–If my action were known in the community, how would the reputation of the Lord’s church be affected? (II Cor. 6:3, I Tim. 6:1, I Tim. 5:14, II Pet. 2:2)

   o INFLUENCE–If those on the verge of a decision hear about my word or my action, which way will my influence take them? (Rom. 14:7, I Cor. 8:13, Rom. 14:21)

   o GLORY–If you include this activity or possession as part of your life, where will it put the spotlight–on spiritual things or material thing? (I Cor. 10:31, I Pet. 4:11, Matt. 5:16, Col. 3:23)

   o HEART/HEADING–Why do you really, really want to participate in this activity? What will be the long-term result of your participation? (II Tim. 2:22, I Tim. 1:5)

   o TRUTH–Last, and certainly not least, is the activity listed in God’s Word as a sin? If it is, then it is always a sin. (II Tim. 3:16-17)

If an action or activity can pass all these tests, it is R-I-G-H-T 

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