DEFEND FAITH

DEFEND FAITH

IN A BARNA STUDY done several years ago, it stated that approximately 25% of churches have a Biblical worldview. Meaning- all thoughts, all opinions, all decisions come through the lens of Scripture. So then it follows that 75% of American churches have a secular worldview. Their thoughts, opinions, and decisions come through the philosophy of the world and their own way of thinking.

“Contend” defined as : struggle to surmount (a difficulty or danger). The Bible declares, “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude‬ ‭1:3‬ Why? Because false teachers have crept in and we are unaware. ‭Contend for the faith. It says nothing about contending for “women’s rights” or “injustice” or “equality”; at least not in the way in which secular humanists and proponents of the social gospel have twisted and manipulated Scripture to elevate humanity above God. This is the world’s view.

Satan manifests as an angel of light. It looks and sounds beautiful, but it is wretched and vile. The painter Grosz said this, “without God, man does not see himself in the image of God, and so man becomes a natural monster.” Enter Hitler. When we remove the Creator from His creation, when we remove His laws and His precepts from our society and what He says and thinks about something; we are turned over to a reprobate mind where man operates according to his own knowledge and wisdom. “A private morality is related to a personal god, any god who meets my selfish expectations.” Udo Middelmann. Read Romans ch.1-2

Unfortunately, we are already here in America. Contend for THE FAITH- Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Jesus did not come to set up a system of equality- His apostles were the scourge of the earth. He did not come for your richest and happiest most equal life now- NT Christians had nothing, but were persecuted and afflicted. He did not come so you could lord over others, elevating one man by debasing another of a different skin tone- making someone pay a debt they don’t owe is of the Antichrist.

We do not pay for the sins of a previous generation. He did not come so you could marry who you want- marriage is one man and one woman. This is human secularism- elevating humanity above God, preferring humanity’s wicked and evil desires above God’s requirements. He did not come so you could play the victim, but that we would be more than a conqueror.

Jesus came to destroy sin and our bondage to it. He came to deliver us from fear of death, sin and the enemy. He came because He had to satisfy the wrath of a Holy God. There is a coming judgment and the only way to escape it is through the precious blood of Christ appropriated through repentance.

We are living in perilous times. Deception is rampant. Pride masquerades as false humility among many so-called Christian leaders. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Witchcraft has entered the prophetic. False gospels abound. Cling to His Word and do not deny His name. Contend for the faith that Paul preached!

Do not receive the spirit of this age. Reject every way that opposes God’s righteous and holy standard. Repent and be saved. “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” Matthew‬ ‭4:17‬ and His disciples followed His example: “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”” Acts‬ ‭2:38-39

‬ ‭Repent and mourn over your sin and lukewarm ways. Fall on your face in humility, then rise up and walk in His righteousness and newness of life. Be transformed by renewing your mind to what God says. Die to self and separate from the world. You cannot continue to live in your sin and inherit eternal life. Be obedient unto death and you will receive the crown of life. This is THE FAITH to contend for. These are my marching orders unto death. #runyourrace

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