Earnestly Contending

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We are responsible individually and collectively to go by God’s precious Word. Let us be well acquainted with the truth so that we gather according to the Word only to the precious name of the Lord Jesus as members of the body of Christ.
In a day when little things are slipping in, we need to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 33Beloved, 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. (Jude 3)). The Apostle was very much concerned in that day of breakdown and ruin that there would be such an exercise. Sometimes we who are older tend to forget that there is constantly a new generation coming up. They see things being done in the assembly and they do not know why.
One time a brother, speaking of a young person who had gone and broken bread at some other place, said to me, “She knew better than that.” I said to the brother, “Perhaps she knew that the brethren disagreed, but I am not sure that she knew why it was wrong, for herself.”
In the Old Testament we find the wall around Jerusalem not built until they had first built the temple. What would separation mean without the temple? It came first that place which spoke of the Lord’s glory and His presence among His people; the wall of separation came after that. Brethren, let us form our standards of what we believe from the Word of God.
G. H. Hayhoe