Summary: God’s word reveals the types of sins we are to repent of lest we become “hidden reefs” in the Love Feast.
INTRO: 2 kinds of heresy have always threatened the church:
1.) Heresy of DOCTRINE.
2.) Heresy of HEART.
Jude is enjoining Christians to fight against heresy - of both kinds.
The false teachers that Jude = dealing with were guilty of BOTH...we tend to focus on defending against doctrinal heresy...easy to spot...But today, I want us to focus on the danger of heresy of the heart. And particularly as it relates to the Lord’s Supper.
TEXTUAL PARAGRAPH- Jude warned his readers about the presence of false brethren taking part in their love feasts.
“love feast” = the agape, & even the Lord’s Supper-- continued for several centuries. However...became merely a charity supper for the poor & at other times a lavish banquet for the wealthy...
It was finally abolished at the end of the 7th century. A few Christian groups, however, still observe the agape.
The “men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts” refer to false TEACHERS or LEADERS infiltrating the assembly, but their sins apply to each of us.
RELATIONAL PARAGRAPH: There are many different traditions regarding the observance of the Lord’s Supper.
Some see Lord’s Supper = Sacrament
Others = Ordinance... Open or Closed communion...
VARIED FREQUENCY: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly...
Whatever a churches tradition is, one thing is certain from scripture, the Lord’s Supper is a very serious act of worship.
It demands spiritual preparation & repentance prior to partaking of the bread & cup lest we be guilty of spiritual heresy. Paul wrote the church in Corinth:
“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.(1 Cor. 11:29)
What does that mean? I believe it refers to the principle found in scripture:
THE GREATER THE PRIVILEGE, THE GREATER THE RESPONSIBILITY.
“For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”(2 Pet. 2:21)
Judgment = greater upon those exposed to truth.
It is possible for you to partake of the Lord’s Supper in such a way that you...
...eat & drink damnation upon yourself.
...are a “blemish, a stain, a hidden reef” in the church that shipwrecks the faith of others.
Are you a hidden reef? Will partaking of this supper be beneficial for you or a disaster? It will if you have not repented of your sins. Paul says:
(1 Cor. 11:29) “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
God’s word reveals the types of sins we are to repent of lest we become “hidden reefs” in the Love Feast.
What are the types of sins?
1.) The sin of IRREVERENCE. “they feast with you without fear”
One of the characteristics of the lost according to Paul is that “Their is no fear of God before their eyes.”(Rom. 3:18). A professing believer who lacks a healthy fear of God = like a “fruitless autumn tree, doubly dead, uprooted.”
Faith bears fruit in repentance!
Paul gave a stern warning to the church at Corinth regarding their irreverence at the Lord’s Table. (1 Cor. 11:26, 30)