When the truth of the Gospel is threatened by those who have crept into the Church, contending for the faith is essential. As Alistair Begg reminds us, though, contending for truth is only one part of the pastor's charge to care for his congregation. As we contend for the faith, we must also keep watch over ourselves and show mercy to one another, understanding that God's power preserves His people moment by moment.
17But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18They6 said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22And have mercy on those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment7 stained by the flesh.
24Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
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