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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 15, 2013 - Fight for the Faith

By Gary Rogers

Jude 3,4 sounds like a personal letter we received in the mail today:

"Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord" (NIV).

This warning from Jude is so relevant for us. It sounds like he is aware of the current events of our day. His warning focuses on influence, an evil affect that infiltrated into the lives of the believers. It had "slipped in" by a covert approach. If it had been blatant, all-out blasphemy from the beginning, the response would have been different. But this influence came in slowly with a little-by-little attack targeting the truth. Changing "the grace of our God into a license for immorality" refers to lifestyle. God's grace is unmerited love, mercy, and favor from our Creator. We don't earn grace, it is given freely. But grace doesn't give us license or divine approval to live without restraint.

Morality, purity, and righteousness are important lifestyle qualities to God. Grace is not an excuse to sin. Grace does not nullify God's expectations of holiness. Jude warned about the influence that turned God's grace into a license for immorality. Jude also saw an attack against the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. This was an all-out assault attempting to remove Jesus from His rightful position. Jesus is the only means by which we can approach God (John 14:6). Jesus is the only name that provides salvation and right standing with God (Acts 4:12).

It is as if this influence tried to persuade believers there are multiple ways to God. Today, someone might say, "It doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're a good person." Or, "Why do people who believe in Jesus think they are the only ones who are right?" Jude's challenge to the reader of his letter is "contend for the faith." This fight is not against people. This fight is "for the faith." Faith is under attack. Faith in Jesus Christ and His principles is facing an all-out assault.

But we do not despair. Yes, the battle rages. But Jesus himself gave us this wonderful promise: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). The battle rages, but Christ is already victorious.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.




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