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Summary: There are people trying to lead you astray, that are themselves headed for judgement. Be careful of them and help others be careful.

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Jude: A warning

Jude 1-25

How many of us have had some wild idea in the past that we have since come to regret.

I remember as a child becoming enamored with a conspiracy theory, led by a vocal and well spoken leader. When I heard him, he was talking about some conspiracies associated with Rock music and politics. Eventually, he predicted the overthrow of the government and the downfall of our culture. Long after I lost track of him, he started a survivalist commune somewhere in the Midwest, where his group hunkered down and waited for their day.

It never came. I don’t know what happened to them. Some still believe the conspirators changed their timing because they were discovered.

These days I look back and I am embarrassed that I was attracted by such an extremist. The man said all the right words and presented himself as a conservative Christian. I believe he was sincere. It is because of him that I finally read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and realized that he had read fiction as if it were fact. I should have listened to Jude:

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home — these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals — these are the very things that destroy them.

Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.


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