Perhaps you have stumbled across this website and notice the words “faith contender” in the URL. You might be thinking to yourself, “what does that even mean?”
Before I explain that, let me introduce myself.
My name is C.T. and I am 32 years old. I’ve been a Christian for just over 10 years. Prior to that, I was an idolater. I would idolize and prioritize anything and everything not named Jesus Christ (possessions, money, etc.). At my lowest point, I fell victim to a cult that heavily emphasized false teaching (Mormonism). By God’s grace, I left the cult. Unfortunately, I continued to pursue other idols until I was at my lowest point on February 18, 2008. I was evaluating my life during that night alone in my bedroom and I realized how bad I had been at running it. While I did have a head knowledge of Jesus from a very few church appearances during my time in elementary school, I had never repented of my sin and trusted in the finished word He did on the cross for my sins. With nowhere else to go, I prayed to Jesus, repenting of my sin. I told Him how sorry I was for my sin. Long story short, I’ve never been the same since that day and I thank Jesus for that. His free gift of repentance resulted in my being a new creation (2 Timothy 2:25; 2 Corinthians 5:12-21).
Over time in my Christian walk, I have learned the importance of contending for the faith. In other words, one has to know how to defend what he/she believes against false teaching. This would involve being able to discern between absolute truth and false doctrine (or, as Charles Spurgeon would put it, between right and almost right). It may involve partaking in a “discernment ministry” (this blog is not a discernment ministry, though. It is simply a resource one may find helpful).
Some people wonder why other Christians would even contend for the faith. Even Christians themselves think it’s not one’s place for another to judge, to criticize, or to bring to light something that may be off theologically. At one point, I was told it was not my place to speak up against false teaching.
I believe it is excellent for one to ask why another would partake in a discernment ministry, call out false teaching, contend for the faith, etc.. It is a good question. It is also good to look at what the Bible has to say on the matter.
The entire book of Jude gives solid warrant to contending for the faith. In verses 3-4, it states, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude describes these same men more in detail in the rest of the book (only 25 verses), and the call to contend for the faith against these people is clearly stated.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 states, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” As Christians, we need to examine EVERYTHING carefully, including stuff that may be near and dear to our hearts. We need to compare it with God’s Word to make sure it lines up with God’s Word.
2 Timothy 4:1-4 states, “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearance and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” As Chris Rosebrough of “Fighting For The Faith” states, there is no shortage of crazy stuff being said out there in the name of God. It is of the utmost importance to have no offseason as a Christian. The Christian must be ready to preach the Word, especially given the amount of false teachers that are running rampant today. These same teachers are “rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers…who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain” (Titus 1:10-11). Christians must know how to use God’s Word in refuting the false doctrine that runs rampant today.
Finally, 1 John 4:1 states, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” As I have learned in Bible study, “all means all.” We are in a spiritual war and EVERYTHING needs to be tested against God’s Word. EVERYTHING.
Clearly, the Bible has much to say about contending for the faith. Given that God’s Word is all true, powerful, living, active and free from error (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:21), we can trust that these exhortations are legit.
What faith do I contend for, you ask? I contend for the only way by which mankind may be saved (Acts 4:12; John 14:6), which is Jesus Christ. God, a merciful but just God (1 John 4:8; Exodus 34:7), sent Jesus Christ, the infinite God-man (John 1:1, 14), to save us from our sins (Isaiah 53:6; 1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 18:11) so that we may have the free gift of heaven, something that cannot be earned or deserved since man is a sinner that cannot save himself (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23; Matthew 5:48). We receive this free gift of eternal through a trusting, saving faith in Christ alone, not mere head knowledge or temporal faith (Acts 16:31; James 2:19).
Why do I blog about this? I blog because I love to write. Furthermore, I use this gift of mine to God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). After all, it is all about Him and pointing people to Him.
This blog has four aims:
- Use Scripture. God’s Word is precious and it gives me life. It also guides my life. I will use this often in my blogs.
- Compare and Contrast: I’ve learned that no matter how good a “Christian” book may be, it deserves critical examination against God’s Word to make sure it is in agreement with God’s Word. If it is not in agreement, then God’s Word must take priority, always, always, always.
- Fill the Gaps: I am aware of the plethora of discernment ministries that exist (Fighting For The Faith, CARM, Berean Call, etc.). I will attempt not to rehash previously discussed issues. Instead, I will attempt to give unique perspective/insight on why a pastor/preacher/teacher/conference speaker/self-appointed prophet or prophetess/self-appointed apostle or apostlette/small group curricula/book study does not line up with God’s Word in ways that other people have not yet explored.
- Preach The Gospel: Jesus Christ is the only name by which mankind may be saved (Acts 4:12). He did not come for love and relationships as some state. Instead, He came to save us from our sins (1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 18:11). We all need a Savior and every post of mine needs to, in the end, bring the conversation to this all-important fact.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. God bless and stay contending.