What are the qualifications for someone to engage in ministry? How do you know if you can engage with them? Or how do you know that you should let them speak to your people? That is a question that I face nearly every day?
As believers in Scripture we are exhorted to encourage one another, many places, Hebrews 3:13 leaps to mind. Do we do that? Do we allow others to do that? Or do we require them to engage with us in specific ways or for a specific time before we will allow them to engage in or lives?
At some level we are to be wary. 2 Peter 2, along with other places in scripture, warns us that false teachers will abound. The current issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society softly documents the growing heresy among evangelical theologians and academics. So we are wise to be wary. Acts 17:11 seems to give us the appropriate guidelines. Is what is being shared consistent with the Word of God? If it is any other barriers we erect are probably not appropriate.