To Contend For The Faith Delivered Once For All To The Saints


by Mike Ratliff

3 Ἀγαπητοί, πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενος γράφειν ὑμῖν περὶ τῆς κοινῆς ἡμῶν σωτηρίας ἀνάγκην ἔσχον γράψαι ὑμῖν παρακαλῶν ἐπαγωνίζεσθαι τῇ ἅπαξ παραδοθείσῃ τοῖς ἁγίοις πίστει. Jude 1:3 (NA28)

3 Beloved, being extremely eager to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you encouraging you to contend for the faith delivered once for all to the saints. Jude 1:3 (translated from the NA28 Greek text) 

Currently there is a very large scandal concerning the new SBC President, Ed Litton. It appears that he has plagiarized  many sermons from J.D. Greear whom he replaced as President. However, as investigators dug into this the “muck” became even uglier. Not only had Litton, been plagiarizing  J.D. Greear’s sermons, he had not developed any of his own sermons for quite some time, but had a team of 8 other men at his church do it for him. Then it goes even deeper. The sermon that Litton was preaching on the video I saw then was compared to the one that J.D. Greear was preaching was compared to a Q & A that Tim Keller gave. Greear obviously stole Keller’s comment, made it look like his own, then Litton or his 8 man team put it in his sermon. What made all that “muck” even more terrible was that the original comment from Keller was in response to a question. The question was, “Does homosexuality cause a person to go to Hell?” Keller’s response was horrible. He replied, “I know that homosexulality does not cause a person to go to Hell because I also know that heterosexuality does not cause a person to go to Heaven.” Yes, he said that. J.D. Greear took that stupid, statement that he obviously liked and preached it as if it was his own then Litton copied him. Many of us are bringing these things out and the backlash is that as we do this we are being too harsh and judgmental as we use the Word of God as the basis for what is truth and upright and the standard for pastors as they handle God’s Word to preach it to their congregations . What these men are doing is not up to Biblical standards. If we do that are we contending for the faith delivered once for all to the saints?  Continue reading