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In the 1970’s at a Pastors’ Conference, I saw a publication on the host churches literature table entitled, The Voice in the Wilderness. Mark 1:3 was the key verse on the front cover, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Then these two statements followed: Contending for Fundamental Christianity and Contending for American Freedom. From that day to this, Ronnie Williamson was a subscriber. Few weeks would go by that I did not use material from The Voice in the Wilderness publication in a Sunday school class, sermon or church bulletin. It would be years later when I would personally meet Dr. J. Royce Thomason, editor, yet, The Voice in the Wilderness would be a long time friend and help to my ministry. Thank God today; this unique ministry is “Still Contending”! Standing on the Word of God as our sole authority for our faith and practice. “…ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” Jude 3.

For all of you who have read and supported The Voice in the Wilderness ministry for many years, as well as new readers and friends of The Voice in the Wilderness publication—with conviction, compassion, and commitment, we intend to continue to “earnestly contend for the faith.” While many churches and pastors I know have compromised on standards, music, associations, and modernistic trends, this ministry remains a committed and compassionate voice crying out to God’s people for conviction firmly rooted in THE BOOK, THE BLOOD, and THE BLESSED HOPE of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Contending For the Faith Is:
1.    Standing on the Word of God as our sole authority for our faith and practice.
2.    Submitting to the Holy Spirit of God for leadership and to guide us in all truth.
3.    Surrender to holy living as a people who believe, love, and fear God our Heavenly Father.
4.    Sweet with our words of truth in love to those in danger or gone astray.
5.    Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord even when misunderstood, criticized, and lied about by opposition.
6.    Strengthening those preachers, churches, and brethren who faithfully hold forth the Word of Life!
7.    Share the gospel of Christ and the goodness of God toward those within and without the household of faith.

There are many differences in the churches of America, Mexico, Venezuela, India and the Philippines. However, there are fundamentals that cannot be compromised. Today, it is our responsibility as believers to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto” us. God’s Word, Will, and Work have not changed! We must remain pure and unspotted from this present age—thus the need to, the imperative to “earnestly contend for the faith.”
The world’s music, dress, and philosophy have no place in HIS church. Maybe the world’s user-friendly, purpose driven methods have a place in some churches, but not HIS CHURCH. HIS CHURCH is GLORY LED not Purpose Driven. HIS CHURCH is to be a “glorious church,” having not spot, or wrinkle – Ephesians 5:27; living unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ – 1 Peter 1:7; full of glory – 1 Peter 1:8. In “earnestly contending for the faith,” the question must always be asked, Does this glorify the Lord? Does the style, beat, and volume of music glorify the Lord or please and insight the flesh? Does the body-piercing, tattoo, tight-revealing sensual dress glorify the Lord or appeal to the flesh? Does the “purpose drive” me, or is my motivation to bring honour and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ?

It was meant to be a critical, demeaning letter, but I took it as a compliment. The writer professed to be a Christian, yet with bitterness made remarks about my (Ronnie Williamson’s) version of the Bible; and that I must believe in pastoral authority. Well, by those remarks, I assume this individual must have a problem with the KJB because I do believe and defend the KJB as the preserved Word of God for English speaking people today. I do not endorse the New King James, NIV, NAS, ESV, or the many other translations. These modern versions are based on revised, rediscovered, and rejected texts compiled by a list of “scholars/higher critics” who were German rationalists, evolutionists who promoted spiritism and racism denying biblical inerrancy. I will stand with the Textus Receptus and the Masoretic Text upon which the KJB is based. And yes, I do believe in pastoral authority not pastoral dictatorship or committee-run. The local New Testament church is to be autonomous. The pastor is the leader under the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible is the sole authority for our faith and practice. There are those who desire to dictate, deter, divide, denominationalize, even destroy God’s work, but we are committed to “earnestly contend for the faith!”

May God help us. Will you pray that this ministry, The Voice in the Wilderness, will continue to go forward and be faithful to the Word of God?. Amen! –RLW