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How seriously does the American Christian think about, practice and “hold” his or her faith?  Can the average Christian American articulate the essentials of his or her faith?  Does the average American Christian know the suffering experienced by men and women throughout Church History to uphold — and advance — our faith?

My question arises from Jude 1:3, which I mentioned a few nights ago in a class I’m teaching on Church History.

Here’s the verse: “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.”

The words translated “contend earnestly” come from a single Greek word that meant to exert great — even intense energy — as in an effort to win an athletic contest (in light of the Olympic games, isn’t this timely — as we consider their intensive training regimen?).

William Tyndale, John Hus, Savanarola — just to name a few — gave their lives and suffered horrible torture and execution for living out Jude 1:3.  One of my favorite Early Church Fathers — Athanasius — lost 20 years of his ministry for standing for sound doctrine over against many emperors who tried to get him to accept false doctrine.

These men lived out Jude 1:3.  How are we doing in this regard?

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