What Brought This On
A couple of weeks ago I heard some excellent teaching on the book of Jude… a tiny little letter written by one of the brothers of Jesus around 65 A.D. How tiny is it? Only 25 verses. Even the weakest reader can manage it. Due to the message, I got a wild hair and decided to memorize the whole thing. This might seem like a nutty endeavor to you, but since I’ve memorized much larger chunks of scripture in the past, this was no biggie. Then I cast a wide net and asked the rest of the world to join me.
Why Jude? Well, as I stated, it’s short. And also, the topic is one that is extremely relevant to the culture we find ourselves in today, one that has allowed false teachers to creep in, unnoticed.
Who and Where Are These False Teachers?
These false teachers are in the pews with us. They’re standing in pulpits. They’re writing Christian books. They’re blogging. They’re teaching our Bible studies and our Sunday school classes and our youth. They’re deacons. They are perverting the grace of our God into sensuality (sexual sin) by saying it doesn’t matter if we obey God’s commands anymore because we’re under grace, not law. (see Jude 1:4) UGH!
What Are They Teaching Us?
They’re teaching that there is no eternal punishment for unrepentant sinners – those who relax the commands of Jesus and teach others to do the same. There’s a nominal term for this – theological liberalism or theological progressivism.
Why Should I Care About This? So What?
This book is relevant to today. 2,000 years after Jesus’ death on the cross, we would expect some departure from His commands, yet Jude wrote this letter in the first century A.D., when ALREADY false teachers were cropping up in the church, leading the sheep the wrong direction. We would do well to read, study and MEDITATE on his God-breathed words. One of the best ways (maybe the best way) to truly meditate on God’s Word is to memorize it. Nothing has caused my understanding and faith to grow and solidify more than this practice of memorization.
In my research, I learned that in the first century AD…(when Jesus lived on earth), the smoke was still rising from the area of Sodom and Gomorrah. That’s a 2,000 year burn, as most Bible scholars estimate Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed ~2000 BC. The first century Jewish philosopher, Philo, wrote about it. And so did Jude. When God destroys something, He really means to destroy it.
Accept The Challenge
Would you like to join me? 14 other people have said yes. Deadline to bank all 25 verses is January 9, 2019. If you want to participate, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.” King David