“3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the Grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the Great Day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.” Jude 3-8
Contending for the faith, fighting the good fight of faith…the faith which was once delivered unto us at Salvation, is the SAME faith that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life; the faith that frees us from the law of sin and death. This faith in which we speak is faith in Jesus Christ and HIS redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross. The Cross of Christ is the Power of God unto us which are saved (1 Corinthians 1:18). Faith placed solely and exclusively in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Cavlary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, gives us dominion over sin…precept upon precept, line upon line – old things pass away and all things become new. We are a new creature in Christ Jesus.
There are certain men (and women) who have crept in unawares. They stand behind many a pulpit turning the Grace of God into a license to sin. These do not exhort us to contend for the faith in order to have dominion over sin but they make one comfortable in their sin and call it “loving thy brother”.
“15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:15-16
The fruit of these who have crept in unaware are filthy dreamers, they defile the flesh, despise dominion and speak evil of diginities. The Lord has set forth two examples for us in His Word of what happens when sin has dominion. He has given us Sodom and Gomorrha as an example and the angels which kept not their first estate and fornicated with women (Genesis 6:4).
Sin is not stagnant and sadly the majority of Christians are…they are lukewarm. Living a life fabricated by their own religion and another Jesus. They have not contended for the faith and allowed false prophets to creep in unaware. Please understand, I am not speaking about everyone but I am speaking about many.
I want to exhort everyone this morning to contend for the faith…defend the doctrines of Christianity. Do not allow your Brother or Sister in Christ to be swept to and fro by every wind of doctrine…pull them out of the fire of destruction; hating the very garment spotted by the flesh (Jude 1:23). This is love my friend…not condoning that which God has called sin.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
-Donna Clark Warren