Pastor Wrinkles: Hey Jude Pt. 6

“ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:3,4 KJV

In our last posts we spoke about why it is necessary to contend for the faith. If you remember I mentioned that one of the reasons we must contend is because God has delivered the faith into our hands. Because of this our faith will never go beyond the level at which we fight for it. If you missed these discussions you can find them here:

https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/pastor-wrinkles-hey-jude-pt-1/

https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/pastor-wrinkles-hey-jude-pt-2/

https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/pastor-wrinkles-hey-jude-pt-3/

https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/pastor-wrinkles-hey-jude-pt-4/

https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/pastor-wrinkles-hey-jude-pt-5/

Now all the lofty thoughts from my last post aside, Jude verse 4 tells us that the reason that we should contend for the faith is not just because it’s our responsibility but because there is something to defend the faith against.  “there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

Now I have to ask, “How do ungodly men creep into the church without other people being aware of it?”

How is it that 2000 years after the Lord created the church we are still struggling against people who are turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

I have my answers but before I give them I would love to hear yours! 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: Hey Jude Pt. 6

  1. I believe that when someone leaves the door open for the enemy he is definitely going to enter. It is up to us to pray against these strongholds as soon as we sense a presence that is not of God. We need to guard the door to our heart. The best protection is getting in His word and burying it deep in your heart. We need to be armed and ready for battle especially within the walls of our church. Remember VICTORY is ours!

  2. Good question!
    There is always a variety of people in a Church.

    By that, I mean there are non-Christians. Some of these may be (hopefully) those searching for a meaning to life. Some may be seeking help but not wanting the Saviour and associated acccountability. Some may be there from loneliness and seeking a social club. Some may be there because they enjoy the music and ‘entertainment’. Some may be there to please family and friends . . . . .

    There is also a variety of “Christians”. Hopefully, many will be adopted, blood-bought children of God, seeking to serve and honour Him. Some will be ‘baby’ Christians. Some will be nominal Christians (Christian in name only) who have grown up in the Church and hang in there for various reasons. Some will be carnal Christians whose old nature has not been put to death. Some will be Christians who have been influenced by the cries of the world to be ‘tolerant’ and ‘politically correct’ and non-discriminatory and accepting of everyone. There are some who call themselves Christian but are universal salvationists – and therefore not Christian. . . . .

    Then we could consider the pastor and the TEACHING – and the spiritual life of the deacons or oversight – and the authority given to the Word of God – and the power available to us to live a victorious life – and the emphasis placed (or not placed) on the necessity of Godly living . . . . .

    The list is quite endless and I’m sure the devil has no trouble whatever in finding an entry.

    Having said that, I must say the responsibility lies at the top. If the Word was preached in power and truth, many of the above would find somewhere else because they would find it too challenging.

    • Oh such a good and thought out answer Angela! You are right God has entrusted the protection of the body to pastors and so we are called to stand as a first line of defense of the body. Jude stands as a strong warning to all who bear the calling as well as to those who stand in service as ministers in the body!

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