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Monday, July 24, 2006

Defending THE Faith With A Vengance: Jude 3 Applied

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. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. - Jude vv. 3-4 ESV

If you've ever wondered what the truth of the Gospel looks like in the face of staunch criticism, wonder no longer- Here's a
great clip from Larry King Live with John McArthur (Pastor/Author, Grace Community Church in California) contending for the Gospel up and against a panel of opposition. As you watch this, you may be struck with the same sadness as I was when you realize that the dumbing down and domestication of Christ and the Gospel is not just being done by "other" religions, but as you can see (by way of the two most vocal opponents to McArthur's stance) it is coming from within the Christian community (Prostestant and Catholic) as well.

My prayer is that what you see and hear from John McArthur speak to you and give you courage to stand in the face of adversity and proclaim the Go
spel in boldness.

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. - Galatians 1:8-9 ESV

knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. - 2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:11-12 ESV

"Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason--I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other--my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. HERE I STAND, I cannot do otherwise, God help me. Amen." - Martin Luther

Soli Deo Gloria,

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