Friday, January 1, 2010

Contending For the Faith

The Bible calls for Christians to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”, this would mean we’d have to know what faith was once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).  It has and will continue to be my position that any argument over hyperpreterism must begin at the PROPOSITIONAL level.  Letting them pretend to be “exegetical” as if we’re having a discussion between two Christians is allowing them to distort the real issue — which is that hyperpretiersm ISN’T the “faith once and for all delivered to the saints”.  Even the Nestorians and Arians have a more legitimate claim of being part of the faith than do hyperpreterists.  As fundamentally heretical were those two groups, they have more standing to show some connection with Christianity than hyperpreterism has. Whatever hyperpreterism is, it ISN’T Christian.

If you were a soldier engaged in battle, there are a few types of people you wouldn’t want in a foxhole with you.  Such as people who…

  1. Faint at the sight of blood
  2. Have very close personal relationships with the enemy
  3. Are afraid to shoot because someone might get hurt
  4. Think concepts like ‘victory’ and ‘winning’ are exclusionary and mean-spirited
  5. Are easily duped by the enemy’s feigned attempts at pity
  6. Are named Benedict Arnold
  7. Are mommas boys that cry at the slightest injury
  8. Have personal ambitions to be the king of the hill
  9. Constantly make treasonous and mutinous statements
  10. Think of YOU as the real enemy
There is something I have learned from fighting the heresy of hyperpreterism — not everyone should try it.  It will take a toll on you.  The people that are trying to promote hyperpreterism are out to advocate it at all costs.  They will do whatever it takes.  Even now, there are people on the hyperpreterist website, SGP who boast about how supposedly there are formerly orthodox pastors that hide within their congregations, subtly advocating hyperpreterism to their congregations. How devious!
In the Church today, where most congregants are exposed to weekly doses of altar calls, feminized, and wishy-washy theology people just aren’t prepared to really contend for the faith.  As a matter of fact, many Christians actually believe we SHOULDN’T contend for the faith but rather let people who call themselves “Christians” misrepresent the faith.
With this, I have decided to take some indefinite time away from PretBlog.  I’m sick of being stabbed in the back by people who claim Eph 5:11 as their motto or people who talk a good game of theoretically contending for the faith, but when they are called to actually do it, they cave under pressure to be nicey-nice.
Once again, I am reminded of Deuteronomy 13:6-11
“If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, 7 of the gods of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, 8 you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him; 9 but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. 10 And you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11 So all Israel shall hear and fear, and not again do such wickedness as this among you”.
There is a reason these OT precepts were put into place.  Physical harm is not as dangerous as spiritual harm (Matt 10:28).  When heretics harm the spiritual welfare of the community of saints, we seem to not think it is any big deal, but the harm they do is worse than if they started going through a church with a baseball bat.  Yet, there are some that do not think we should respond so fervently, that we should instead coddle and joke with heretics and treat them like brothers.  I’m sorry, I just can’t do that.  The Bible calls for us to really believe and to really contend.  Someone who makes the faith out to be something subjective and not worth fighting for is as bad as sharing that foxhole with any of those 10 types of people.
Dee Dee has been very kind and supportive of the work I’ve tried to do over these last few years.  I will step out of the way now and let whatever is happening run its course.  Thank you much to the readers of PretBlog.  Please continue to support Dee Dee and her heroic efforts.  And PaulT too, as he appears to be the new target of hyperpreterists like Mike Bennett.
God bless and keep you

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