Rightly Contending For The Faith

by Lee Buford on July 11, 2012

Much is often made of the urgency of the Church’s (and individual Christian’s) role in defending the truths of Scripture. Some are dogmatic in their approach, while others are lackadaisical to the point of indifference. So where is the line? How important is it anyway, and what approach should one take in this defense?

In the current issue of Tabletalk magazine, Burk Parsons does a masterful job of addressing this issue. The following is an excerpt from Dividing Walls That Unite:

“Be not ashamed of your faith; remember it is the ancient gospel of the martyrs, confessors, reformers and saints. Above all, it is the truth of God, against which the gates of Hell cannot prevail. Let your lives adorn your faith, let your example adorn your creed.” These words from C.H. Spurgeon’s foreword to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith are as poignant now as in 1855.

As the church at the beginning of the twenty-first century, we desperately need to return to our historic creeds and confessions, and we need to remember the ancient gospel of our forefathers as we contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). However, if we’re to contend earnestly for the faith, we must discern where to build appropriate fences and necessary walls, and we must do so according to the never-changing Word of God, not according to the ever-changing relativistic feelings of our tolerant-of-anything-but-biblical-truth society. Moreover, as we determine which fences and walls to erect, we must also discern which old fences need mending and which man-made walls are unbiblical and must, therefore, be destroyed.

Contending for the faith is extremely important and should not be ignored by any Christian or Bible-teaching church. At the same time, as Parsons points out, the context, manner, and method are important as well. We must rightly choose between open-handed and close-handed issues, and we must stand in defense of the hills we’re willing to die on…the hills founded upon the truths of Scripture.


You can read the entire article here, and I highly encourage you to consider subscribing to Tabletalk. As a current subscriber myself, I am confident that you will find it profitable reading and study each month.



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