Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World
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Christians in every generation are called, as Jude put it, to "contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints." If we are not to fail in this calling, we must understand what contending for the faith looks like in our day and age.
Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). With the entire Christian faith standing or falling on the validity of such an utterly exclusive and uncompromising claim, doctrine that truly aligns with Jesus will cause division.
Yet we are called to contend, in obedience to and for the sake of the most divisive person in history. The challenge is to do it in the way Jude describes: as an act of mercy toward those who doubt and those who have been deceived, regardless of whether they claim faith in Christ.
"Exactly the kind of book the church needs in our moment... will equip the church to be as bold as a lion, and to roar as Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, and Machen before us."?
- Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History, Boyce College
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