Reveling, Self-Exalting Preachers, Repent!

The tiny book of Jude, though having only one chapter, sure says a lot! It reminds us to be aware of those shepherds who rush for profit, whose motives are to feed their own stomachs and egos, who rebel against God’s ways, who speak about things they really know nothing about, and who change God’s grace into a license for immorality. These men, as well as those who follow them, are scoffers who divide the true body of Christ by their boastings, errors, and sins. And why do they do this? Because they “do not have the Spirit.” (v. 19)

Unfortunately though, they claim to have the Spirit. But the Spirit of God is holy, and these men do not display holy fruit, even though they know that Heb. 12:14 tells us, “without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Do they preach this? No. Or if they do, they twist God’s Word by teaching that since we are clothed by faith in Christ in HIS righteousness, it matters not what a justified person actually does, says, and thinks.

This is false doctrine, and sadly, many are in for a very rude awakening.

Correct doctrine is a necessity. We cannot teach that there is any way to God, any way for sinful humanity to be reconciled with the Holy Most High God, or any way to live forever with Him. No, there is ONE way. That way is through Jesus, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23), and by abiding in Him. (John 15:1-6) It is only through turning away from our sins, repenting of them, having faith in Christ’s blood shed on the cross, asking for the pardon, and allowing our old natures to be crucified with Him and raised to a new nature. And then to live accordingly every single day. If that is not being taught from the pulpits, which from many it is not, then it is a false gospel.

Many preachers are leaving out whole portions of Scripture. They refuse to boldly preach from texts such as Matt. 3:7-10 which is addressed to those who supposedly knew the Scriptures very well. It says, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Or a similar passage: “If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” (John 15:6) The fire being spoken of in these verses, is not referring to Heaven.

How often do we get to hear a message from the pulpit on 1 John 5:18? “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin.” Or 1 John 2:4? “The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Many do claim that they are obeying Christ’s commands; but are they? Have these blind guides cleaned the insides of their lives (Matt. 23:26), or do they strut to the places of honor at banquets (v. 6), showing favoritism (James 2:9) and cozying up in friendship to the world? (4:4)

Jude 1:16 warns that judgment awaits these who “flatter others for their own advantage.” These men are “dogs” (Phil. 3:2) who do not “worship by the Spirit of God” (v. 3), but who instead “revel in their pleasures” (2 Peter 2:13), “never stop sinning”, “seduce the unstable”, and “are experts in greed.” (v. 14) These preachers “mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity.” (v. 18,19)

These preachers are leading hoards to Hell by their false teachings, and it is not something for the body of Christ to take lightly. 1 Tim. 1:3 says to “command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer” for “some have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (v. 6,7) Titus 1:10-13 says such rebellious talkers and deceivers are to be rebuked sharply, and 2 John 1:11 says, “Anyone who welcomes him [a false teacher] shares in his wicked work.” Gal. 1:6-9 speaks to those who are deserting the true gospel for the false, and condemns eternally those preachers who are throwing others into confusion by perverting the gospel of Christ.

Jude 1:3 commands, “I… urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” This is a command for everyone, but especially for those who set themselves up as teachers of God’s Word. Therefore, preachers need to quit playing around, feasting for their stomach gods (Phil. 3:19), partnering up with those who are disobedient (Eph. 5:7), and peddling the Word of God for profit. (2 Cor. 2:17)

Instead they need to make time in training themselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7), to watch their own life and doctrine closely so as to save both themselves and their hearers (v. 16), to preach only “as one speaking the very words of God” (1 Peter 4:11), and to keep in mind and teaching 1 John 3:9 which says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s nature abides in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”

So be it.



~ by smilesback on October 9, 2009.

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