Summary: Sin has crept its way into our society and it is driving God out and replacing God with evil ways. But Jude tells us to contend for the faith because sin always costs people their lives.
Sin is creepy!
Series: Hey Jude! part 1
Open with video clip: You tube “What is Sin??” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZcSFWimRzY
Thesis: Sin has crept its way into our society and it is driving God out and replacing God with evil ways. But Jude tells us to contend for the faith because sin always costs people their lives.
Opening thought of where this sermon idea originated:
I was sitting in a local coffee shop reading my daily devotional when I overheard three older ladies discussing their children. The one lady was upset that her granddaughter was moving in with another young man and not even contemplating marriage. The other lady said she was experiencing the same disgust with her grand children as well. The one said what ever happened to morals? The one older lady who had been quiet for a while listening to her friends spoke up, “Ladies don’t you understand that’s the way it goes today!” She added, “Everyone does it that way today. Remember we live in a different time and that’s just how it is, so we just have to accept it!” The ladies got up shaking their heads and agreeing with their friends thoughts on the subject of immorality. As they departed I sat their thinking to myself, “How fooled many are becoming today to sin.” In essence they said, “Sin, what’s the big deal! Everyone is doing it that way today so just accept it!” Well my heart and mind turned to Jude 3, 4 and it was like the text rose off the page and said, “Read this, ‘3Dear 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. 4For 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.”
After reading this text many times I took a look around me and had to say that I saw many people saying “Sin, what’s the big deal? That’s the way it is today!” I guess I expected this from the people who did not claim to be Christians, but I discovered many who were saying this and also saying “I am a Christian!” I was also disturbed by how many Christians did not even care that sin was being accepted as that’s the way it is in our society. Sin did not scare them or disappoint them. They even seemed ambivalent toward it. When I asked some people what they were going to do about this attitude toward sin most of them suggested it was not their problem.
I am reminded every day on the news how our nation has digressed away from truth and the faith and embraced the deceit of sin.
Robert Leroe stated:
Moral relativism is becoming the norm. A group of college students were asked their opinions on the media, specifically the R-rated kinds of situations being shown on TV and the movies. When asked why sex and violence were so prevalent, one student answered, “Because it’s no big deal.”
1Jude, 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:
2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
3Dear 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.
4For 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.
5Though 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. 6And 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. 7In 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.
8In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. 9But 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!” 10Yet 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.