I saw a Facebook posting today that on the LifeHopeandTruth.com website (run by COGWA) that there is a new mini-Bible study on the Book of “Jude”. Jude is a book of tremendous relevance to the Church today, but it’s value is often overlooked.
Jude tells us he was planning to write a more general letter concerning “our common salvation,” when he heard the news that false teachers had infiltrated the Church (“crept in unnoticed”) and were teaching contrary to established doctrines (verses 3-4).
Jude goes on in his letter to list various types of false teachers and what to be aware of. As we draw closer to the return of Jesus Christ, this will become even more relevant!
One example Jude gives is Korah, who stood in opposition to Moses. To me, Korah symbolizes the epitome of a rebellious heart. Just as Lucifer wanted to supplant God as King, so did Korah lust and desire after Moses’ and Aaron’s positions. In addition, Jude goes on to list those who “speaketh great swelling words … because of advantage” (v 16). IOW, they “flatter others to gain advantage” (CJB), or perhaps “monetary gain” would be the more postmodern version.
Don’t we see this today of people who spin off from churches to gather followings after themselves and collect their tithes and offerings? It is a shameful thing that which many do in God’s name!
What drives these false teachers nuts in many cases, though, is that they cannot fake God’s love. No matter how hard they try, they just cannot counterfeit the real deal! The reason should be obvious. They cannot fake what they don’t believe in. For the rest of us, Jude produces this as the antidote to false teachers, doesn’t he? He provides an exhortation we need to take heed to today.
20 But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. 22 Have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.