In every generation, there have always been segments of the population that support certain ideas, philosophies or theories about life, science, or political agendas. They seek to raise support and a following, hoping that they will get enough human power behind them to influence the world. These agendas are largely about “self!”
Jude, the bother of James, writes a very short letter to believers with a warning that can easily fit our day. “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” (Jude 4).
It has always been the work of Satan to “pervert the grace of our God” by a pseudo gospel that does not provide freedom from sin, and puts people into bondage to human works (Read Paul’s comments in Galatians 1:6-9). In the few verses that follow in Jude, he builds a scathing case against those who corrupt the message of the gospel. Are we to argue and fight with such persons? Paul gives Timothy similar instructions in 2 Timothy 2:23-26 to that of Jude.
Jude answers that question by giving the reason for writing this bold letter. “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
In other words, ‘you keep repeating the truth about the grace of God, the faith on which our salvation is built and on which the church stands.’ Contend for that and God will deal severely with those who purvey a false gospel.
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