The Word of God and the God of the Word

 

Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus' name!
Changing "the faith" is dangerous! In Jude's epistle it was his intent to deal with the "common salvation" or the salvation those within the community of faith share. The common salvation is the salvation experienced by regenerate, born-again people. However, Jude adjusted his purpose finding it necessary to write, appealing to them to contend for the faith that had once been delivered. I deal with this subject frequently because it is something I am passionate about. The Christian faith is being adjusted, tweaked, improved, modernized, etcetera, in large part by those who are culturally Christian but not regeneratively Christian. They have a cultural confession but not a legitimate, Biblical, born-again confession. The reality of the Word of God and the exclusivity of Christianity is deemed as "hate" and righteousness and holiness are set aside for a worldly love that is foreign to the Biblical truth of love. I am increasingly convinced that real regeneration results in a love and hunger for the Word of God as it is, not as we wish it was. As we embrace the truth of the Word in righteousness, as opposed to holding it in unrighteousness, it does its wonderful, miraculous work in our hearts which increases our love, respect and hunger for it. The Word of God cannot be improved upon, and it does not need modernized to fit the chosen lifestyles of those who have never met Christ. As the people of God, our commitment is to the Word of God and the God of the Word first and foremost. It shouldn't matter who our favorite preacher is or what flavor the popular doctrine of the day is. We are to contend for the faith that was once delivered. Our allegiance must be to the Word not some twisted concept disguised as the Word, no matter who is preaching it. Read, pray study and then do it some more because only the Word will fortify you against perversions of it. 
I call you blessed!
Pastor
Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus' name!
Changing "the faith" is dangerous! In Jude's epistle it was his intent to deal with the "common salvation" or the salvation those within the community of faith share. The common salvation is the salvation experienced by regenerate, born-again people. However, Jude adjusted his purpose finding it necessary to write, appealing to them to contend for the faith that had once been delivered. I deal with this subject frequently because it is something I am passionate about. The Christian faith is being adjusted, tweaked, improved, modernized, etcetera, in large part by those who are culturally Christian but not regeneratively Christian. They have a cultural confession but not a legitimate, Biblical, born-again confession. The reality of the Word of God and the exclusivity of Christianity is deemed as "hate" and righteousness and holiness are set aside for a worldly love that is foreign to the Biblical truth of love. I am increasingly convinced that real regeneration results in a love and hunger for the Word of God as it is, not as we wish it was. As we embrace the truth of the Word in righteousness, as opposed to holding it in unrighteousness, it does its wonderful, miraculous work in our hearts which increases our love, respect and hunger for it. The Word of God cannot be improved upon, and it does not need modernized to fit the chosen lifestyles of those who have never met Christ. As the people of God, our commitment is to the Word of God and the God of the Word first and foremost. It shouldn't matter who our favorite preacher is or what flavor the popular doctrine of the day is. We are to contend for the faith that was once delivered. Our allegiance must be to the Word not some twisted concept disguised as the Word, no matter who is preaching it. Read, pray study and then do it some more because only the Word will fortify you against perversions of it. 
I call you blessed!
Pastor