Jude: Creeps Come Creeping

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Jude

            Amidst the theological awesomeness of the short book of Jude, it seems fitting today to make mention of something that I got into earlier today on Facebook, and it’s about the reality of false teachers that are hiding within the church. But here’s the thing, though. You aren’t going to see false prophets/teachers walking around shooting Christians in the head with heresy and wearing t-shirts that read, “Hey! I’m a false prophet!”

            How does Jude word it? “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

            Now in the context Jude speaks in, these particular false teachers were involved in sexual sin, but what I want to zero in on is this: “certain people have crept in unnoticed.” They didn’t storm the church with guns blazing. They didn’t come in and root the pastor out. They didn’t set off alarms with their appearance. They came in under the radar, laid low for a while, fit right in, and then began to spread their poison. And I’m convinced that the same process is going on today.

            I’m not going to form a laundry list of heretics that are featured on TBN (affectionately known as “The Blasphemy Network”), but it’s a sure bet that there is more heresy spouted on that network than orthodox Christianity. And even though some people would rather say “Judge not!” we simply do not have that luxury. Jude says to fight for the Biblical faith, and this is only done when heresy is confronted.

            So listen to the big money guys on TBN if you want to. All heresy is embedded in a little truth, so you’ll certainly hear things that sound right. But listen to it all. Compare it with Scripture. Do your homework. The last thing you want is a corrupted theology because you listened more to the heretic on TV than you did the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. 

 

(P.S. I stole the title to this from a sermon my brother preached a while back. :-))

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