Discerning the will of God
Romans 12 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Ro 12:2). As Christians, we strive to see the world as God would have us to see it. He does not grant us the liberty to form opinions and moral judgments based on our own desires or rationales. Instead, he demands we learn his will. We must discern his will, which is good, acceptable, and perfect.
So, before we discuss any particular worldview issue, we must begin by recognizing and affirming the foundational truth that the Bible is God’s breathed out, inerrant, infallible, authoritative word (2Ti 3:16). As Paul writes, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
If we want to determine what is true (that is, what we should believe) and what is right (that is, how we should live), we must affirm God’s word as our one and only authority for what is true and right. We must test every claim, every ethic, and every issue by Scripture.
At the same time, we must deny that our beliefs and conduct should ever be dictated by anything other than the Bible. Culture is irrelevant. Majority opinion is irrelevant. Traditions may be irrelevant. Personal feelings are irrelevant. Philosophy is irrelevant. God’s word is our sole authority as we seek to determine what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Ro 12:2).