Contending for the Faith
“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
— Jude 3
Such enemies are a perennial threat to the church. Peter said, “False prophets also arose among the people [OT Israel], just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them” (2 Pet. 2:1). This is why must do as Jude says and “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This means we must handle the word of God accurately, stand fast in the truth, and expose the errors of false teachers.
One of the most unfair things the Christian tradition has foisted on singles is the expectation that they would remain celibate — that is, refraining from sexual relationships.” Ah, yes, be yourself. Good serpentine advice, that.
’t theology proper (the doctrine of God, e.g., his being, attributes, Triune nature, etc.), Christology (the doctrine of Christ, e.g., his Deity and incarnation), or soteriology (the way of salvation), but ethics. More specifically sexual ethics.
An appalling and horrible thing
has happened in the land:
the prophets prophesy falsely,
and the priests rule at their direction;
my people love to have it so,
but what will you do when the end comes?
— Jeremiah 5:30-31