Last week Sola Sisters wrote a brief piece explaining “Why We Contend.” They shared that they have lost friends because of their willingness to expose false teaching, but their concern for the truth as well as their friends and their friends’ children is why they keep at it.The post is well worth reading and I identified with much of what they had to say. I just wanted to share a bit about my own reasons, beyond the obvious commands throughout Scripture to hold fast to sound doctrine, to point out error and to contend for the faith.
Honestly, if it weren’t for my mother and her willingness to stand for truth this blog probably wouldn’t exist. I thank God that from a young age I saw her challenge leadership whenever it was necessary and right. Perhaps she didn’t always do it perfectly, and it is unlikely that I always will, but her courage is an enduring example to me. It was because of her that I finally came to understand the problems of the church growth movement, and began to see the dangers of the emergent church.
This is why I contend:
I contend because I had to leave a church after spending more than a year there growing and making friends and finding a community of believers once I realized it was too far gone and my pleadings were falling on deaf ears. Because once I left it took me years to find a church, and visiting churches was an exercise in perpetual discouragement. I share my concerns in the hope that I’ll still have a church to go to when I’m 35, or 50 or 80.
I also write out of concern for fellow believers, especially my peers. I’ve seen Christian friends turn to new age practices or embrace yoga. Others became lovers of Rob Bell and his universal salvation heresy. The lack of discernment among even true believers my age and much, much older frightens me. I’ve conversed with pastors about Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life and had them not see much of a problem with the self-centered, non-gospel he presents. I’ve attended Bible studies with people who seem to devour every so-called “Christian” book in the bookstore. I watch and listen and study and pray and ultimately write here for all of these people.
Lastly, I write because it is my sincere belief that each of us is susceptible to deception and that it is only knowing and understanding the revealed truth given to us in the Bible that can build up our resistance to it. Scripture is the only antidote. We must hide his word in our hearts and know it backwards and forwards if we are to resist the schemes of the enemy who seeks our destruction. As 1 Peter 5:8 warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” KJV