From Berean Research:
There is no shortage of critics in the evangelical community who oppose those of us involved in what is called an online discernment ministry (ODM). Our well-meaning brethren often take “discerners” to task for reporting on false teachers and apostate movements within the visible Church. Moreover, we are chastised for being too focused on negative things, or being judgmental, hurtful, even hateful. Worse, some of us have lost friendships with those who complain that they’re tired of reading about wolf sightings. Some go so far as to say that ODM is not biblical.
Pastor Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel wrote about this issue back in 2009 where he stated:
Despite the clear mandate given throughout the Scriptures concerning the necessity for biblical discernment and critique, most continue to be critical of the whole concept. Ironically, those who preach most tenaciously the need for tolerance are themselves intolerant of those who seek to faithfully follow God’s directives in this matter.
Pastor Gilley offers a biblical defense for the role of ODM in the Church.