THE NEGRO BAPTIST PULPIT,
CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH.
BY THE EDITOR.
" Te should earnestly contend for tbe faith which was once delivered
unto the saints."—Jude 3.
"/CONTEND for the faith" has been the inspiring
^ battle-cry of Baptists all along the centuries, and
with it they have conquered. It should be ours no less;
for Christianity is powerless unless aggressive. It has
no davs of quietness and repose. It is always on the
battle field. Paul's declaration to Timothy rang out clear
and strong when he said : " Fight the good fight of faith "
(1 Tim. 6: 12); and he exhorted Timothy to do only what
he himself had done. For, from his imprisonment at Rome,
he wrote among his farewell words: " I have fought a
good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
faith." (2 Tim. 4 : 7.)
It seems never to have been God's purpose to grant his
churches great prosperity when they failed to go forward;
but his greatest blessings have come in darkest times, when
the churches have put forth their most earnest efforts, and
struck their hardest blows. This seems to be the divine
plan. For Christ sent forth his first workers under in-