Contending for the faith...that is fighting, this is a fight that's going on. It is a spiritual fight, not against flesh and blood.
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
In the comments to the first installment of The Wonderful World of Disney, Ma gave me a link to a study: Disney Exposed (<---click on it and you get the entire list of audio messages...scroll down almost to the bottom to study number 280 for part one, 279 for part two, etc through 273 which is part 8. At this point I've listened to parts one and two. He treads through some stuff that is REALLY hard to listen to. Wow. Although I realize that in this life we will never be able to fully separate ourselves from the evils that are in this world, I also see that we need to abstain from it as much as we can, and indeed fight these things (mainly through prayer, but also speaking up as the Lord gives us ability and opportunity).
There are also alot of other studies in that list that I want to listen to. Scott Johnson is the speaker. In the first part he says that all that he touches on in these lectures, he has done careful documentation on, so I'll research his site and find more info as I find time. Many of the studies on the list are some things that I have "fluttered by" on previous blog posts and also in posts that I'd given in various message board forum dialogues. From just having listened to parts one and two I feel drained and squashed. This is needful for us to know about. I know it is difficult, BOY do I know it. But as Christians we need to be aware of what is happening around us...like Scott Johnson reminds us in the first audio, we need to have no fellowship with the works of darkness, so if we are to not have fellowship with it, we need to be aware of what it is exactly, and not be fooled:
Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Eph 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Eph 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
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