Defending The Faith Now

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  1. Dave says:

    I write this so that we can understand how the site reflects itself to our visitors
    please be patient

  2. Folks this is the meat of what we are trying to get everyone onboard with. Please read below.

    THE EXORTATION

    During the 18th Century many English Kings gave themselves the title “Defender of The Faith.” Of course Faith meant to them “Protestantism” exclusively. And “defender” meant protector of their borders and colonialism. That was hardly what Jude had in mind in his third verse of the New Testament.

    Anyhow this title reassured many at the time that Government would and could take care of them and their religious and spiritual needs. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was therefore safe. And, they were assured of the proper doctrine and discipline. That actually wasn’t a new concept at the time as Constantine had done pretty much the same thing.

    So, it’s not surprising today that our sectarian Christianity tends often to look to Governments for solutions instead of our Father in Heaven. Because the Body of Christ has been divided up in so many sects, little or no cohesion or unity exists. It has become “every man for himself.” Therefore we find ourselves ignoring the problems of those “other” sects with which we have little agreement, usually arguing over petty points of understanding and not doing real battle with the enemy, Satan. Satan’s plan is to divide and conquer, and destroy the pieces using forces like the Islamic extremists bent on the destruction of our Faith. The extremists have been able to use corrupt Governments, religious bigotry, violence, fear and lies to intimidate the Body of Christ into inaction.

    Why do we quote Luke16:8b? Even the secular world is smarter than we are. To wit: they have The National Rifle Association, the most powerful lobby in America whose existence is based on “the right of self defense”. The world has it’s “Doctors Without Borders” who offer mercy, healing, and medicine to anyone to whom it is not otherwise available regardless of nationality, race, color or creed. The Jews have their B’nia B’rith sworn to protect Jews from lies, attacks and persecutions.

    What efforts have we Christians made as a united Body to defend our Faith? In a recent article “Christianity Today” suggests we not make any waves that might excite Muslims into more and worse violence. We have whole denominations teaching that Islam is just another way to God. We have Churches openly seeking fellowship with Muslims under the belief that their religion is not objectionable to loving Christians. So we hear a lot about “loving our enemies,” as if that was what Christ meant instead of referring only to our interpersonal relationships, not the sworn enemies of Christ.
    We have completely ignored the Biblical teaching in II John 10, “if anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching (to abide in Christ) do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting. For the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”

    As Christians, we must resist the devil and we should band together in prayer at the very least to support and encourage every Church on the front line, so to speak, whose lives are threatened and destroyed by the agents of Satan.

    WE will begin on this site with the fight of the faithful Coptic Saints in Egypt who have endured unspeakable torture, imprisonment, and slaughter at the hands of the enemy while Government authorities apparently look the other way. Unfortunately, to many American Christians, the Coptic Church has been out of their view because they have not been considered either protestant or Catholic, despite the fact they are older than both.

    Can we not all do what Paul tells Timothy? I Tim. 1:18-2:4,
    Fight the good fight for the true Faith, hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. Here are my instructions for you . . . may they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your Faith in Christ. Keep your conscience clear. Pray for people, ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, give thanks for them. Pray for Kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by Godliness and dignity.

    The Frontier Church

  3. Greg says:

    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you,…. The apostle calls the persons he writes unto “beloved”; as they were of God, and by him and other saints; and he signifies his diligence in writing to them: and the subject of his writing was,

    of the common salvation; which designs either the Gospel, sometimes called salvation, in opposition to the law, which is a ministration of condemnation; and because it is a declaration of salvation, and a means of it; and may be said to be “common”, because preached to all, Jews and Gentiles: or Jesus Christ the Saviour himself, who is also sometimes called “salvation”, because he was called and appointed to it, and undertook it, and is become the author of it; and may be said to be a “common” Saviour, not of all men, but of all his people; of his whole body, the church, and every member of it, and of all sorts of men, in all nations: or else that spiritual and eternal salvation wrought out by him, which is common, not to all men, for all are not saved with it, but to all the elect of God, and true believers in Christ; the love of God is common to them all alike; the choice of them to eternal salvation is the same; the covenant of grace, the blessings and promises of it, are equally shared by them; and they are bought with the same price of Christ’s blood, and are justified by the same righteousness, and are regenerated, sanctified, and called by the same grace, and shall possess the same glory: there is but one way of salvation, and that is not confined to any nation, family, community, or sect among men. The Alexandrian copy and two of Beza’s, and the Syriac version, read, “our common salvation”; and two other of Beza’s copies and the Vulgate Latin version read, “your common salvation”; the sense is the same: it was

    needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints; by the “faith” is meant the doctrine of faith, in which sense it is used whenever faith is said to be preached, obeyed, departed, or erred from, or denied, or made shipwreck of, or when exhortations are made to stand fast, and continue in it, or to strive and contend for it, as here; and which is sometimes called the word of faith, the faith of the Gospel, the mystery of faith, or most holy faith, the common faith, and, as here, faith only; and designs the whole scheme of evangelical truths to be believed; such as the doctrine of the Trinity, the deity and sonship of Christ, the divinity and personality of the Spirit; what regards the state and condition of man by nature, as the doctrines of the imputation of Adam’s sin to his posterity, the corruption of nature, and the impotence of men to that which is good; what concerns the acts of grace in the Father, Son, and Spirit, towards, and upon the sons of men; as the doctrines of everlasting love, eternal election, the covenant of grace, particular redemption, justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ, pardon and reconciliation by his blood, regeneration and sanctification by the grace of the Spirit, final perseverance, the resurrection of the dead, and the future glory of the saints with Christ. This is said to be “delivered to the saints”: it was delivered by God the Father to Christ as Mediator, and by him to his apostles, who may more especially be meant by “the saints”, or holy men; who were chosen to be holy, and to whom Christ was made sanctification, and who were sanctified by the Spirit of God; and this faith, being a most holy faith, is fit for holy men, and only proper to be delivered to them, and preached by them; and by them it was delivered to the churches, both by word and writing; and this delivery of it supposes that it is not an invention of men, that it is of God, and a gift of his, and given in trust in order to be kept, held forth, and held fast; and it was but “once” delivered, in opposition to the sundry times and divers manners in which the mind of God was formerly made known; and designs the uniformity, perfection, and continuance of the doctrine of faith; there is no alteration to be made in it, or addition to it; no new revelations are to be expected, it has been delivered all at once: and therefore should be “earnestly contended for”; for could it be lost, another could not be had; and the whole of it is to be contended for; not only the fundamentals, but the lesser matters of faith; and not things essential only, but also what are circumstantial to faith and religion; every truth, ordinance, and duty, and particularly the purity of faith, and its consistency: and this contention includes a care and solicitude for it, to have it, own it, and hold it fast, and adorn it; and for the preservation of it, and for the spread of it, and that it might be transmitted to posterity: and it denotes a conflict, a combat, or a fighting for it, a striving even to an agony: the persons to be contended with on account of it, are such who deny, or depreciate any of the Persons in the Godhead, the assertors of the purity and power of human nature, and the deniers of sovereign, efficacious, and persevering grace: the persons who are to contend with them are all the saints in general, to whom it is delivered; which they may do by bearing an experimental testimony to it, by praying for the continuance and success of it, by standing fast in one spirit in it, and by dying for it; and particularly the ministers of the Gospel, by preaching it boldly, openly, fully, and faithfully, by disputing for it, and writing in the defence of it, and by laying down their lives, when called for: the manner in which this is to be done, is “earnestly”, heartily, in good earnest, and without deceit, zealously, and constantly.

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    Vincent’s Word Studies
    Beloved

    Occurring at the beginning of an epistle only here and 3 John 1:2.

    When I gave all diligence (πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενος)

    Lit., making all diligence; the phrase found only here. In Hebrews 6:11, we find “shew diligence” (ἐνδεικνυσθαι); and in 2 Peter 1:5, “adding diligence.” See note there.

    The common salvation

    The best texts add ἡμῶν, of us. So Rev., “our common salvation.”

    It was needful (ἀνάγκην ἔσχον)

    Lit., I had necessity. Alford, I found it necessary. Rev., I was constrained.

    Earnestly contend (ἐπαγωνίζεσθαι)

    Only here in New Testament.

    The faith

    The sum of what Christians believe. See on Acts 6:7.

    Once (ἅπαξ)

    Not formerly, but once for all. So Rev., “No other faith will be given,” says Bengel.

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    Geneva Study Bible
    {1} Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the {d} common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should {e} earnestly contend for the faith which was {f} once delivered unto the saints.

    (1) The goal of this epistle, is to affirm the godly as opposed to certain wicked men both in true doctrine and good conduct.

    (d) Of those things that pertain to the salvation of all of us.

    (e) That you should defend the faith with all the strength you can muster, both by true doctrine and good example of life.

    (f) Which was once given, that it may never be changed.

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    People’s New Testament
    Jude 1:3 When I gave all diligence to write unto you. His thought was that when he proposed to write diligently and carefully some need impelled him to write at once, more briefly perhaps than he had purposed.

    Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. He exhorts to contend for the faith delivered once for all, the faith without innovation, the gospel of the apostles in distinction from the adulterations of false teachers. The doctrine of a progressive revelation after the apostles is not found in the New Testament.

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    Wesley’s Notes
    1:3 When I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation – Designed for all, and enjoyed by all believers. Here the design of the epistle is expressed; the end of which exactly answers the beginning. It was needful to exhort you to contend earnestly – Yet humbly, meekly, and lovingly; otherwise your contention will only hurt your cause, if not destroy your soul. For the faith – All the fundamental truths. Once delivered – By God, to remain unvaried for ever.

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    Scofield Reference Notes
    Margin salvation

    See Scofield Note: “Rom 1:16”.

    Margin it was needful

    Lit. constraint was upon me, i.e. of the Spirit.

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    Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
    3. Design of the Epistle (compare Jude 20, 21).

    all diligence-(2Pe 1:5). As the minister is to give all diligence to admonish, so the people should, in accordance with his admonition, give all diligence to have all Christian graces, and to make their calling sure.

    the common salvation-wrought by Christ. Compare Note, see on [2664]2Pe 1:1, “obtained LIKE precious faith,” This community of faith, and of the object of faith, salvation, forms the ground of mutual exhortation by appeals to common hopes and fears.

    it was needful for me-rather, “I felt it necessary to write (now at once; so the Greek aorist means; the present infinitive ‘to write,’ which precedes, expresses merely the general fact of writing) exhorting you.” The reason why he felt it necessary “to write with exhortation,” he states, Jude 4, “For there are certain men crept in,” &c. Having intended to write generally of “the common salvation,” he found it necessary from the existing evils in the Church, to write specially that they should contend for the faith against those evils.

    earnestly contend-Compare Php 1:27, “striving together for the faith of the Gospel.”

    once, &c.-Greek, “once for all delivered.” No other faith or revelation is to supersede it. A strong argument for resisting heretical innovators (Jude 4). Believers, like Nehemiah’s workmen (Ne 4:17), with one hand “build themselves up in their most holy faith”; with the other they” contend earnestly for the faith” against its foes.

    the saints-all Christians, holy (that is, consecrated to God) by their calling, and in God’s design.

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    Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
    1:1-4 Christians are called out of the world, from the evil spirit and temper of it; called above the world, to higher and better things, to heaven, things unseen and eternal; called from sin to Christ, from vanity to seriousness, from uncleanness to holiness; and this according to the Divine purpose and grace. If sanctified and glorified, all the honour and glory must be ascribed to God, and to him alone. As it is God who begins the work of grace in the souls of men, so it is he who carries it on, and perfects it. Let us not trust in ourselves, nor in our stock of grace already received, but in him, and in him alone. The mercy of God is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for; mercy, not only to the miserable, but to the guilty. Next to mercy is peace, which we have from the sense of having obtained mercy. From peace springs love; Christ’s love to us, our love to him, and our brotherly love to one another. The apostle prays, not that Christians may be content with a little; but that their souls and societies may be full of these things. None are shut out from gospel offers and invitations, but those who obstinately and wickedly shut themselves out. But the application is to all believers, and only to such. It is to the weak as well as to the strong. Those who have received the doctrine of this common salvation, must contend for it, earnestly, not furiously. Lying for the truth is bad; scolding for it is not better. Those who have received the truth must contend for it, as the apostles did; by suffering with patience and courage for it, not by making others suffer if they will not embrace every notion we call faith, or important. We ought to contend earnestly for the faith, in opposition to those who would corrupt or deprave it; who creep in unawares; who glide in like serpents. And those are the worst of the ungodly, who take encouragement to sin boldly, because the grace of God has abounded, and still abounds so wonderfully, and who are hardened by the extent and fulness of gospel grace, the design of which is to deliver men from sin, and bring them unto God.

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