Edited 1st Sep 2011 (see last section in bold, for the edited part).
use the bible throughout and see what God says. God said in Jeremiah 29:13 that “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” This includes much brokenness and a humbling before God. God also said that if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, He would hear from heaven and heal their land.
This true born-again believer will put their trust in Jesus and in His Word. They will have a desire to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, know the truth and grow in grace.
The Ephesian church was warned by Paul that false teachers (wolves) would come into the church. Jesus (in Revelation) commended them for being discerning but apprehended them because they had left their first love. We need to practice discernment, knowledge and love in equal measure. I have written an article on this. Please click on this shortcut link The Importance Of Combining Discernment With Love to read it.
Edited Section, 1st Sep 2011 (ie, everything below in bold)
In order that we know how to handle False, Strange and Different teachings we first need to find out what the Bible tells us to do on that subject. However, just knowing what the Bible tells us to do without a "change" within us could mean (though the intentions are good) that we handle it in the wrong way eg with a fierce or cold attitude. The scriptures are clear that we need an attitude of humility and brokkenness before our God. We need to spend time in God's presence allowing Him to melt our hearts and change us into humble, self sacrificing servants, with the Holy Spirit enabling us to do so.
We DO need to know the Bible, so that we can test what is said by the Word of God ie being Bereans "checking the scriptures daily" to see whether what is being taught is true or not. However, our proclamation of the truth (if not done with love) could cause unnecessary angst and misery.
We are told to "speak the truth in love". However, very often when we speak the truth, it is hardly done in "love". Paul said "let your speech be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how to answer everybody". Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13 what love is. Specifically verses 4-7
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
For watchman and Christian bloggers (like myself) we need to remind ourselves that whilst we are called to expose heresy, apostasy and to defend the true faith (earnestly, even zealously) etc we MUST do it in an attitude of compassion and love, with all patience, kindness, tenderness and gentleness (ie a loving and humble attitude). This article tries to explain how to reach that goal.
I hope that I portray such an attitude. If I fail (as an imperfect sinner saved by grace) please forgive me.