First and foremost, this is a personal blog. In self-authored posts, I seek to objectively report what I observe. At the same time, personal style (the reader will notice a touch of sarcasm in many posts) and/or opinions will be exercised as appropriate. Above all, it is my prayer that everything written will be done so in light of God's Word. As Christians, we are called to "contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). This blog seeks to answer that call.
The truth is everything and God's truth has been under attack from the beginning. Today, churches and Christian groups and organizations have readily and eagerly compromised the truth of the Gospel. They have done so in favor of gaining numbers, filling pews, and over-filling offering plates. Truth, even the truth of God's unchanging Word, has become relative, and has become secondary to one's personal experience or revelation. Those who see this compromise, this denigration of God's Truth, must stand up and speak out against it. Even our proclamation of the true Gospel of Jesus may be marred if we choose to remain silent in the presence of "doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1) because our silence betrays a subtle acceptance of these lies.
As we contend and stand firmly on Scripture, we will be called divisive, mean, unloving, and perhaps worse. Yet we stand strong nonetheless. And we remember the warnings of Jesus and Paul and others in Scripture:
And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray." (Matthew 24:4-5)
"I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them." (Acts 20:29-30)
"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4)Remembering these warnings, and resting in the grace and strength of Jesus Christ, may every Christian have the courage to earnestly, boldly, unashamedly, contend for the saving faith and salvation in Christ that has been granted unto him.
"Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ." (Jude 3-4)For further explanation, please see the post "Why I Do What I Do."