In a day of spiritual decline, Jude makes this earnest exhortation to an elder, “I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (3). Jude continues by warning that “certain people have crept in unnoticed…ungodly people who pervert the grace of God” (4). Such people will attempt to exercise authority in the church so they can mislead undiscerning believers.
Roland Allen gives a clarion call to the church “to contend for the faith” as far more important than maintaining authority or standards. I also find it necessary to remind the church today that truth sets us free (John 8:32), not forms or standards (2 Timothy 3:5). Be careful what you contend for. Make sure it is Christ centered, not man centered.