All is not as it seems.
How much of what we believe to be true is true? What about the things that we have learnt from people that we trusted that should know what is right? How much do we just trust media reports?
LUKE 6 : 43 - 45 NKJV
We can therefore judge what a person is teaching or telling us by their fruit. So we process what they are saying and decide for ourselves whether or not we agree with them based on what we already believe and how we perceive them to be. (There are a number of other factors in our processing but this is a basic overview)
So for instance if we look at the mainline christian churches in Australia for example and we judge her by her fruit, then how does she look? Is the church moving powerfully in God? Is the church making disciples of the whole world? Is the church being persecuted for it's witness? Does the church look anything like the early church described in Acts? From what I have observed the answer to these questions is no. So how much of what we have learnt from our churches is true? How much of it is in line with the word of God? Yes people can quote scriptures to you in their preaching, but have they given to you their own take on things? It is very easy to just listen to leadership and be fed by them, it is like watching television, you do not have to do much. So what do we do about this? Pursue God for the truth in all things, ask Him to reveal the truth to you in all facets of your life and progressively He will.
None of what I am saying means any disrespect to leadership, parents or any other authority figures in your lives, but we have all been deceived and we are all in need of the truth. I believe that it is a good thing to ask The Holy Spirit to show us the truth in all situations and that He will not allow us to be deceived.
1 JOHN 2 : 27 NKJV
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
JOHN 16 : 7 -11 NKJV