Contending for the Faith

4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. II Tim 4:1-5

It’s good to contend for the faith, but if one won’t repent or accept the truth we cannot stand and argue can we? The Gospel is not an argument or an intellectual exercise, but a faith. A relationship with the one True Savior. If one has itching ears is it possible that that person doesn’t want the truth even when it’s presented to them? Contend in the manner you think is right, but Scripture and the Spirit bear witness otherwise.

Paul wrote to convince, rebuke, exhort… FOR THE TIME WILL COME when they will not endure sound doctrine. Are we not seeing much of this now?

Let us continue to contend for the faith. But I don’t think we need to waste a lot of time with people who are fighting the truth. Even if they do claim the name of Christ. For some things must be perfected over time. But not necessarily foundational principles of the Gospel of Christ.

If one would fight against the Truth and cause fights and arguments among the brethren, then hasn’t the enemy come in to conquer the work of Christ in the assembly?

25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
(Mark 3:25-27)
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