Contend for the Faith

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Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.” Luke 11:52

Woe unto those who take away the key of knowledge, the Word of God, and substitute their own vain commandments for biblical doctrine.   Woe unto those who received not the love of the Truth and entered not in themselves.  Woe unto those who hinder the  Body of Christ from knowing Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe and choose to seduce the lusts of their flesh with talent shows, movie nights and various methods of humanistic psychology to deliver the bound from the sin which so easily besets, the basis of which is nothing more than distraction from sin.

Let me be clear, distraction does not deliver one from the bondage of sin.  If such were so, the Cross of Christ was in vain.  Man cannot deliver man.  Man’s methods cannot deliver man.  Furthermore, cloaking man’s methods in Scripture will not deliver man.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13-15

Jesus Christ delivered us from the wiles of the devil on Calvary’s Cross.  Our faith there, in His finished work, gives the Holy Spirit latitude to superintend that which He is commissioned to do…quicken us together with Jesus whereby we are free of the power of sin.  IN Christ Jesus we are free from the Law of Sin and Death and given dominion over the sin which so easily besets us.  The Holy Spirit will not superintend the work of man’s methods to overcome sin, no matter our level of sincerity. 

The movement of the modern church to remove the Bible from the services, exhorting them to not even bring a Bible to church, is akin to the “lawyers” of which Jesus spoke of in Luke 11:52.  Many have sat silently while the Word of God has been removed from the church and replaced with the thoughts of man through the various translations deemed as more relevant.  Man’s thoughts of God’s Word are not more relevant than God’s Word.

16 ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Woe unto those who sit silently while the doctrines of biblical Christianity are being hindered and exhorted not to the people.  We must contend for the faith which was given unto us and refuse to be a door mat for the devil.

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.

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.” Jude 1:3-5

There are those who will turn the Grace of God into a license to sin and deny the power of God to overcome.  Why? Because the devil wants to hinder our faith in the Cross of Christ to break the power of sin which leads to the destruction of one’s faith in the Cross of Christ to pay the penalty of sin.  The devil corrupts the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and when we Christians, those who are called by His Name, fail to try the spirits and search the Scripture to see whether these things be so, we fall into the snare of satan and are deceived.  Seeing we see not. Satan’s purpose is to kill, steal and destroy our testimony of faith in the Cross of Christ to deliver us from the wiles of the devil…but Jesus Christ came so that we may have life and life more abundantly.

The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Choose life.  Hinder not.  Earnestly contend for the faith.

-Donna Clark Warren

 

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