3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Jude, the brother of James and the brother of Jesus through Mary, writes to us to contend for the faith. In his time, the early hour of the Church Jude spoke of those who have secretly slipped into the congregation. They were people who perverted the grace God gives to us into a license for sinning and believing they were still in good terms with God. But the true faith is not one of a freedom to sin. Rather it is one to give to us a clean conscience and good standing to further the message of the Kingdom. The word Jude has given is still a good word for us today.
Beware of teachers who are spending their time preaching of joy and gladness, financial blessings and increase. There may be a place for such teachings in times, but the Gospel is one of repentance and forgiveness. Jesus had many people follow Him because He fed the thousands, and when they followed Him for the bread He spoke in hard ways to separate those who would continue after Him and those who would follow the bread. Jesus could have fed His followers every day; but He chose not to. We can strive to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. We are commanded to. But this action is to be done along with the gospel of repentance being preached.
I probably sound like I am down on the Church for its kindness. I apologize. I am concerned for our churches because I know we also have those who secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. I believe we would be shocked if we knew who they were. They are here secretly. It has been devised in stealth; not by them maybe. But the teachings sound good but are evil.
Jesus told us that at the time of judgement there will be those on His left which would say to Him, “Lord when did we see you naked, hungry sick or in prison and not minister to you?” The people thought they prophesied in His name and healed in His name; but Jesus said “Depart from Me. I never knew you.”
What is the gospel you speak of? I am asking myself this question also. Am I sharing a gospel of repentance unto salvation, repentance unto sanctification and holiness? Or am I sharing a powerless message of “Jesus loves you just the way you are?”
We need to be aware of who is teaching “what” and what am I teaching others by my words and example. It is not enough to show someone the gates of heaven and not let them in.