Paul Contended for the Faith
| Paul was contending
for the faith dealing with Elymas the way he did. Notice the
straightforward and powerful words, "Then Saul, (who was also called
Paul), filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him and said, O full of
all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all
righteousness, will thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the
Lord?" (Acts 13: 9, 10).
In chapter two of Galatians where it reports the time when Paul exposed the error of Peter in his inconsistent and compromising behavior toward Gentile brethren, Paul rebuked him to the face because he was to be blamed before all.
Severe? Indeed! Strong rebukes? No doubt! Proper? Absolutely! He was contending for the faith in the way and manner that the situation demanded. Part of contending for the faith means to oppose error.