Monday, October 13, 2008
Contending or Troublemaking?
Dedicated to those who think it's ok to tell another church member, " If you don't like it, leave..."
From the Introduction, page xxiv of The Truth War by Dr. John MacArthur:
"Controversy and conflict within the church are never to be relished or engaged in without sufficient cause. But in every generation the battle for the truth has proved ultimately unavoidable, because the enemies of truth are relentless. Truth is always under assault. And it is actually sin not to fight when the vital truths are under attack.
That is even true even though fighting sometimes results in conflict within the visible community of professing Christians. In fact, whenever the enemies of gospel truth succeed in infiltrating the church, faithful believers are obliged to take the battle to them, even there. That is certainly the case today, as it has been since apostolic times."
See related articles, Why Be Dogmatic and Devisive? , Why Fight for the Truth? , How Christ Builds His Church , Defining the Believer's Biblical Call to Judge , The Day of Doctrinal Relativism , Preaching The Book God Wrote
See more on contending for the faith here.