Google+ 03/23/13 Anything Doesn't Go!

Jude 1:1-4

 

This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James.

I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father,

Who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.

May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.

Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share.

But now I find that I must write about something else,

Urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.

I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches,

Saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.

The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago,

For they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 

 

I think it is safe to say that the first place we turn in our Bibles for reading is probably not the book of Jude!  Much like any other book, most of us have our "favorite" parts of the Bible.  Jude's message is even more appropriate for all of us in local New Testament Churches today than it was in 65 A.D.  Jude first tells us of his prayer for all people.  He petitions God, on our behalf, for more mercy, peace, and love.  Bring it on God!  I am already for those three.  I need every advantage I can get!  Jude explains that he wanted to write to celebrate the salvation that we all share in Jesus Christ.  Wouldn't it be glorious if that was all we had to talk about in our daily conversations?  When we get to heaven, we will have nothing to do but worship God and fellowship with one another.  I am truly looking forward to that day.  In the meantime, Jude tells us what we already know, if we are really in tune with the difference between God and the world.  Jude wants us to defend our faith.  Jude wants us to tell people about Jesus and why we believe in Him so strongly.  Jude tells us why we should do that.  He explains that Christ's church is now occupied by ungodly people, who have wormed their way into our daily walk with God.  Like the world around us, they are now professing that since God is such a merciful God, we can live anyway we wish, because there is always confession.  Sound familiar?  It certainly does to me.  Because our God is a merciful God, does not give us license to "sin without ceasing."  We are still to be governed by Biblical principles that should guide our lives.  We should always operate like excellent trapeze artists and pretend there is no "net" to catch us in our lives. We should always do our best to obey God, only relying on His mercy when we mess up, which we all do.  Jude finishes our passage of Scripture today by reminding us that the condemnation and punishment of these ungodly people has not changed.  It is exactly the same as it was before Jesus arrived on earth.  These ungodly people will be separated from God and thrown into the eternal flame.  In the meantime, heed Jude's warning and stay away from these false prophets and teachers.  Stay away from today's prevalent church philosophy that "anything goes" because we can always repent.  "Anything doesn't go" according to the Bible.  For those who deny Jesus, the weather forecast for the future is very "hot" for them!  If you are in the will of God, you will quickly discover what Jude warns us of concerning false prophets.  For us, as Christians, "Anything Doesn't Go!!!"