Shelby G. Floyd
The apostle Peter warned the Christians in his day to be aware of false teachers: “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you” (2 Peter 2:1). Since this is the case, how do we go about identifying these false teachers? Continue reading “IDENTIFYING FALSE TEACHERS”
Shelby G. Floyd
In regards to the Constitution of the United States of America, there are two different ways of interpreting its meaning and application to the citizens living today. The Non-Progressives believe it should be understood in its original meaning as interpreted by the three branches of government when it was inaugurated. The Progressives believe that it should be interpreted subjectively to whatever they want it to mean to fit their philosophy and prejudices.
THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Historically, its application has been based upon the case law hammered out for over two hundred years. If it is not sufficient for today’s world, the founding fathers included the amendment process. In my view the Constitution should be understood in the fair meaning of the words as they were used when it was signed into law. Therefore, in regards to the Constitution I am Non-Progressive. Continue reading “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD”
Shelby G. Floyd
Jude, the author of the next to the last book of the New Testament, was a brother of James and a servant of Jesus Christ. While Jude was earnestly and diligently endeavoring to write unto his brethren, concerning the salvation that was common to all, an emergency arose within the church requiring him to change his afore mentioned purpose, and exhort them to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. The salvation which he had contemplated writing about was common because its conditions and blessings are the same for everyone, regardless of station in life (Galatians 3: 26-28).
Jude Exhorted His Readers to Earnestly Contend For the Faith
Jesus commanded the gospel to be preached to every creature in the whole world, and he predicated salvation to all upon the conditions of faith, repentance, confession and baptism. Since this is true, then we are children of God after a common faith (Titus 1: 4). While this was a wonderful theme to contemplate and to explain to the brethren, an emergency required Jude to alter his original purpose and to exhort the brethren that they should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
Ungodly Men Will Creep in and Teach False Doctrines
The reason this was necessary was because certain ungodly men had crept into the church unawares. They had perverted the gospel of Christ by turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and thereby denied the truth of God (Jude 14). God’s grace taught men to deny ungodliness and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world (Titus 2: 11-12). They denied this basic teaching of the gospel, and were encouraging the members of the church to live fleshly and sensual lives. They were encouraging rebellion against authority and they were also encouraging evil speaking and railing. Therefore, Jude emphasized that all who commit such ungodly deeds will be judged by the Lord, and they will be adequately punished at the last great day (Jude 5-7, 14-15).
The Common Faith Must Be Defended and Advocated
Because of these conditions in the church, it was necessary for those who did not indorse such, to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. The phrase “the faith” is equivalent to the gospel (Acts 6: 7). Faith can either be used of the state of believing or the object of that belief. Therefore, they were to contend for that body of truth that had been once delivered to them as a trust (1 Timothy 6: 20). They were stewards over the truth of God (1 Corinthians 14: 1-2). It was a custody that had been committed to their keeping. Therefore, to be faithful unto God, they had to contend for it. Continue reading “Contend and Defend”