Use your gifts for good, not for contending - 05/15/2005
Your website is so adversarial and full of contention. Even your
"Contact Us" page is nothing but defensive negativity. The Gospel, as
taught by Jesus Christ himself, is a Gospel of love and not intended to embroil
a person in an all-consuming lifestyle of bitter feelings and negativity. It
always amazes me what people will in the supposed name of Jesus Christ.
Many wars, atrocities and oppressions have been carried out over the
centuries by people claiming to be doing the Lord's work. When he finally
shows up I'm sure many of those people will be shocked when Christ says, "Who
are you and what have you done with my name?"
It is not my intention or
desire to argue points of doctrine with you. My only purpose in writing was to
say that you seem to have a talent for writing and a love for reasearch.
Certainly the purpose of that God-given ability was meant to be used to enrich
your life and the lives of others in a more positive manner that what you are
presently doing. All of this hate will eat at you and eventually kill you
both physically and spiritually.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi. Thanks for writing. We get this kind of comment often from
people who don't believe in absolute truth and are confused about what Jesus
actually taught. Jesus taught very plainly that the only way to salvation
was through Him and believing in His sacrifice on the cross. The Bible
also warns repeatedly about following any religion that goes against what Jesus
and the apostles taught as recorded in the Bible. It sounds like you may
have picked a few verses out of the Bible that you liked and ignored the
rest. I'd encourage you to read the whole Bible in order to know what
Jesus really taught. If we really hated people we wouldn't spend our time
and money trying to reach them and bring them to Christ. This ministry is
the most loving thing we can do considering the following verses from the
The Bible tells us to contend for the faith against heresy
and those who deny Jesus Christ.
Dear friends, although I was
very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write
and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the
saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have
secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of
our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign
You would probably think the following verse is unloving and
intolerant. God warned us about false religions and those who deny what
the Bible clearly teaches for the same reason we do so in our ministry - because
He loves us and wants us to have eternal life with him. God condemns
religions that worship other gods and deny the God of the Bible. Is God
intolerant and unloving? I think not.
"The wrath of God
is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men
who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God
is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the
creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine
nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so
that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither
glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile
and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they
became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to
look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave
them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the
degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God
for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the
Creator--who is forever praised. Amen."
God warned us that some would abandon the faith taught by Jesus and
the Apostles. Is God intolerant and unloving for warning us?
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly
says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving
spirits and things taught by demons.
God condemns any other gospel other than the one given to us by the
Apostles (the Bible). He condemns to hell those who pervert the gospel of
Christ and turn it into another gospel that is really no gospel at all.
Would it be loving for us to not warn people who are being condemned? The
worst thing that could ever happen to anyone is to go to hell for
eternity. If we really didn't love them, we'd say nothing and let them go
I am astonished
that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of
Christ and are turning to a different gospel-- which is really no gospel at
all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to
pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should
preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally
condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is
preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally
God warned us ahead of time to beware of those who claim Christ has
returned, or claim they are Christ. The Baha'i do just that. Would
it be loving to ignore this part of the Bible and not warn them?
At that time if
anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not
believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great
signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. See, I
have told you ahead of time.
For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and
will deceive many.
He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will
come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow
Mark 13:6, 21-22
come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many. At that time if
anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there he is!' do
not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform
signs and miracles to deceive the elect--if that were
People who refuse to love the truth of the Bible will be
condemned. You probably think this is intolerant and unloving to
say. But, it's not us saying it. It's God saying it.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in
all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of
evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused
to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful
delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned
who have not believed the truth but have delighted in
This verse might fit you. You know enough of the scriptures
to know we should love each other, but ignore the rest, and deny that we can
find salvation only through Christ.
You diligently study
the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These
are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have
life. I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not
have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father's name, and you
do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept
Jesus will return at a time we don't expect it. Those who've
followed another gospel, another God, or deny Jesus Christ as their savior will
suffer greatly. Should we not warn them? Is it loving to say
watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
for you know very well that
the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are
saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor
pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are
not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all
sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the
darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be
alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who
get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be
self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of
salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to
receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
On our website we point out that Jesus Christ is the only way to
salvation. You seem to think this is unloving and intolerant. Yet,
the Bible says the same thing. It's very Christian to believe what the
Bible says. And it's loving to spread the gospel and try to save those who
are attempting to reach God any other way. No one comes to the Father but
Jesus answered, "I
am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road
that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate
and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find
God knew arrogant, sinful men would turn their backs on God and
Christ. They take the broad road that leads to destruction. We want
to bring as many people as possible to the narrow road that leads to
salvation. The truth is found through Jesus Christ and none other.
If we reject that gift of salvation through Christ's sacrifice, we can't say we
weren't warned and God didn't try to reach us. We follow the Great
Commission and try to bring as many people to Christ as possible. We care
enough to reach out to those who might depend on one or two scriptures as
comfort while they deny Christ and follow another gospel. We could just as
easily let them believe that all paths lead to God. Because we are loving,
we want them to know that salvation comes through Christ. I pray that you
accept that gift as well.