Jude 1:4-False Teachers

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4 For some people, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into sensuality and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.

“For some people” is in reference to false teachers who sound and look like Christians. 

“designated for this judgment long ago” There is a specific place in hell assigned for false teachers. The reason is that they purposely try to make Christians if possible abandon their faith in Christ and stop others from getting saved. 

“come in by stealth” It is very hard to see a false teacher coming our way because they blend in very well with the rest of the believers. 

False teachers do not even have an ounce of godliness, their soul filled with pure darkness. One of their tactics is to make Christians accept all types of sexual sin as not being sinful. Through their teachings and behavior, it shows their rejection of Jesus Christ. 

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A Passion For The Truth

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Isaiah 66:2

My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. This is the LORD’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at my word.

The Creator of the universe desires this in His followers, 

  1. Humbleness– A person who allows himself to be directed by the Holy Spirit
  2. Submissive in spirit– A person who obeys everything written in Scripture which 2 Timothy 3 summarizes it perfectly

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

You must teach the Word of God correctly, rebuke a wayward Christian to bring them back in right standing with the LORD, train them in the Truth [Scripture] alone without adding anything else to it. 

If you willfully shrink back from rebuking someone for teaching something that is not truthful, it shows where your heart truly stands. 

At the end of the verse, the LORD showers grace to the one who fears His Word. A Christian has to love the Truth and defend it. 

In social media, you will encounter countless of false teachers who are there to destroy your faith by convincing you to believe in false doctrine. You will know them by the fruit of their mouth. Remember, whatever comes out of their mouth tells you what fills their heart. If they attack your character and not your teachings is because you are in the truth and they have nothing else to say but will try to stop you from doing God’s will through character assassination. Rejoice and be glad because they did the same to Jesus Christ and the prophets before Him. 

False prophets will teach truth mixed with lies so you must be prepared by always being in the Word and in prayer. False Christians will look almost like the genuine article but watch what they say and teach very carefully because what’s in their heart will eventually come to the surface.  

If you know someone who is false, separate yourself from them or else you will be like them, spreading false teachings and the Lord will rebuke you. If you love them, you will tell them the truth.

Love the truth, love righteousness, love Jesus and preach the whole counsel of God. Don’t pick and choose.

Do you defend the Truth regardless of the consequences?   

 

How Much Do You Really Love Jesus?

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Have you ever asked yourself this question? How much do I really love God’s Word? 

Are you willing to lose friends over it?  How about family, are they more important than the Word of God? 

How far are you willing to stand up for The Truth?


Genesis 3:1-3

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”

The word “cunning” means prudent or wise but in a negative sense as to trick you through deception. The first thing Satan does is attack the Word of God. That is our only defense. Eve answered Satan correctly, repeating God’s Word, but then she seems to add to God’s Word with “or touch it.” God never told Adam and Eve that they couldn’t touch the fruit but that they couldn’t eat it. Eve literally added extra-biblical sources. Maybe she got it from her husband Adam who wanted to protect her and added it. The thing is that if Adam did do that he was adding to God’s Word which backfired. Once Satan got Eve to touch the fruit and nothing immediately happened to her she took the bite. 

We are living in a time as prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3 which says, “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.”

The closer we get to the return of Jesus Christ, the more lukewarm Christians will abandon sound doctrine for their favorite teachers, [WordPress] friends and status. 

What is a lukewarm Christian? 

A lukewarm Christian is a person who is not committed wholeheartedly to Jesus. He/she has one foot in the world to please people and the other to Christ to please Him. This is only done by compromising God’s Word. How does the Lord deal with someone like this?

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.

The phrase “I am going to vomit you out of my mouth” refers to rejection. When you play both sides, fully knowing or unaware by being self-deceived, you are living a life of godlessness. 

When a person claims to be in Christ and rejects the Word of God by adding to it with other materials, Jesus spits you out from Himself to have nothing to do with you. 

According to Genesis 3, the extra-biblical sources comes from Satan. If you do this or even support it, you are supporting the devil himself. 

Jesus repudiates men’s traditions [extra-biblical sources]. 

Matthew 15:1-3

Then Jesus was approached by Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem, who asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat.” 3 He answered them, “Why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?


Matthew 15:8 

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Professing believers who claim that they are honoring the Lord and are drinking from another source are making their hearts go farther from Him.   

What type of Christian are you, a people-pleaser or a person that pleases God?

You cannot be both.