Why We Must Defend
If we are not going to defend it, it is not our faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.
If we cannot believe that our faith is right, we will not endure the ridicule or bitterness that will occur when we defend our faith. Our faith is under attack from Satan, and all who are captured in his snares. Satan's angels disguise themselves as angels of light in order to deceive people to believe things that are not the truth. When people are deceived, they are lost, and precisely where Satan wants them. For the sake of souls of many, we must declare the truth of God's word and defend our faith. Jude wrote that we should "contend earnestly for the faith" Jude 3.
Whenever we speak the truth, there are going to be people who oppose it. The truth of God's word is found in the Bible, and there are many people who have discounted the Bible to be nothing more than myths and love letters to people of long ago. Well, they have not read that the word of God abides forever and will outlast all humanity. This is so, because the Bible will be present on judgment day, and we will all be judged by the things written in the books (Revelation 20:12).
There are numerous passages in the Bible that tells us we will all stand before the judgment seat of God and Christ. The result for our soul's eternal destiny is determined by how we live our lives and the condition of our lives when it reaches its end. If we have a relationship with Christ at the end, we will be allowed entrance into heaven along with all the other faithful souls of all time. Those who do not have a good relationship with Christ will be cast into the outer darkness and shunned away from the presence of the Lord because the Lord does not know them, or has their name written down in the books as those who reject and revile God.
True Christians are under attack, and the worst thing we can do is to reject or deny our faith. Do not think it is impossible, for Peter swore that he would never deny the Christ, and did so three times just a few hours later.
Our faith is under attack from Satan. It is under attack by the people of the world who are not spiritually minded. It is under attack from the denominations that have rejected Christ and/or His teachings, but still teach they are going to heaven. It is under attack when our own preachers and teachers deny the faith and teach things that are not found in God's word, and/or refuse to teach things found in God's word.
We have to know that these attacks against our faith are not against us personally, but in actuality, are in opposition to Christ Himself.
Let us hold fast the faithful word and stand steadfast and immovable in support of the word of God. We must put on the armor of God and stand ready for battle against the forces of evil in whatever form they present themselves.
By Carey Scott
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