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Is the pulpit the proper place to "contend for the faith"? Pastor Jack Hayford suggests another possibility.

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James Walker

commented on Jul 1, 2013

Wow! I never thought of "contending for the faith" in the light that Rev. Hayford poses it. This will take further study and prayerful thought. I completely agree with what he says about contending with a fellow Christian over doctrine to the point of breaking fellowship. Doing such split the early church in 200-300 AD and it remains so. However, "contending for the faith" being applied to prayer is something I can't quickly embrace. I look forward to reading more of what others have said regarding the passage in Jude. Paul wrote that we should contend for the unity of Spirit and several verses later in Ephesians he wrote, "till we all come to the unity of the faith". Mmmmm? Jude says contend for the faith while Paul says "till we all come to the unity of the faith. Simply have to study this more.

commented on Jul 1, 2013

This was an awesome statement about the power of prayer. Jude is dealing with false teachers and Paul in Ephesians is pinpointing the marks of a true believer. I don't see a collision of the two. This is very interesting...

Alan Montgomery Hutchens

commented on Jul 1, 2013

Several years ago, a man stood before a gathering of the Promise Keepers, and instructed those men that communion/the Lord's Supper/the Lord's Table was the centerpiece of church worship. He instructed those men in no uncertain terms that they should go back home to their churches and get as deeply involved as possible with the act of the celebration of the Lord's Table. So far, so good, I suppose. However, he went on to instruct those Roman Catholic men present that they should have great appreciation for the way in which their "church" celebrates it, namely, the mass. The man who challenged Romanists to become more appreciative of the mass (which crucifies the Lord afresh every time it is celebrated) was Pastor Jack Hayford. With all due respect, this is one of the last so-called evangelicals from whom I would take instruction in "earnestly contend[ing] for the faith." My first question would be, "For which faith would Hayford have me to contend?" Of course, prayer is important in contending for the faith. But, please, SermonCentral! Give me a break! Jack Hayford? Our Lord Himself challenged us to warn the sheep against false prophets. That makes clear sense to me. And, when the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense. Is that not one of the great rules of Biblical interpretation? I'll take the clear words of Christ and Jude rather than a roundabout interpretation.

Lolita L. Hickman

commented on Jul 1, 2013

Just a note - Jack Hayford connects Jude and James. Prayer is certainly an important part of contending for the faith. It involves so much more, I think, e.g., all of the elements of spiritual warfare.

Tcharves Firespeaks

commented on Jul 1, 2013

I really respect Jack Hayford, however, I'm not sure that all his interpretations as he expresses contending for the faith, is all together accurate. Maybe a little artistic coloring.

Warren Lamb

commented on Jul 2, 2013

Good message, wrong text. As much as I respect Pastor Hayford and his ministry over the years, his hermeneutics are poor here and his credibility is diminishing. I have disagreed with him a few times over the years, and never over minor points. Improper interpretation leads to false teaching...not judging, just observing.

Mike Aldaco

commented on Jul 3, 2013

Great stuff! Pastor Hayford you're an inspiration

Rodney Shanner

commented on Jul 3, 2013

RE: the reference to James, I think some of what Rev. Hayford says is very helpful, but some is not. Helpful: when he says that effectual means the energy of God is the power in the prayer. That makes prayer about grace, not my effort to measure up in order to release God's power. Not helpful: when my focus and passion has to measure up to attain this energy of God. (there seems to be a contradiction in his logic). That said, could the fervency be our acknowledging our inadequacy to make a difference apart from Him releasing His power?

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