Jude 1–7 (ESV)
1 Jude, a servant
of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied
Judgment on False Teachers
3 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. 4 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.
5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the
angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise
indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Verse 4 of the Jude ushers in a problem that is cropping up and an issue that
needs to be addressed. It states: “4 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.”
These are people who profess that they follow Jesus, yet they don’t. Their life is a testimony that they do not believe. Their talk does not match their walk. This people had infiltrated this congregation. Jude cites what happens
to these people who deny Jesus. Jude names 1) God destroyed the Israelites who were delivered from Egypt when they denied God; 2) God condemns the angels that rebelled in heaven and 3) The sexually immoral in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God
condemns and will destroy those who deny him. Now I want to take a moment about verse 4 when it says “For certain people have crept in”. Today’s world
has changed and deviated away from God’s word that the church itself is viewed as evil. Today’s church wants to ignore verse 7, because it is wrong and unloving. Verse 7 states: "7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding
cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” In the recent History Channel series “The Bible”, they cast the men of Sodom and
Gommorah as men hanging all over the women. The twisted what happened at Sodom and Gommorah. In another case, the ever popular bible study called “The Story”, which is a chronological reading of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
They omitted Sodom and Gommorah... they didn’t want to offend anybody. We see in the Church today (that is the Church at large), many denominations are allowing homosexuals to serve as pastors, but we just read in Jude a warning! Jude is
in the New Testament and reminds us of how God feels about it. This view is looked on negatively by the world as intolerant and not acceptable. But the Bible does state in 1 Cor. 6:9–11: “9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous
will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of
God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” In all fairness, notice that homosexuals are only one of may that are on this
list... the others receive the same ending. If you think I’m singling out the homosexual issue, you are wrong... it was in today’s reading. If it was not in today’s reading from God’s word... the Bible, I would not be writing
about it now. If my writing today troubles you, remember that this is Gods’s view as found in today’s writing, along with 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; and Romans 1:26-27. These are all found in the New Testament.
I pray: O Lord, the world today actually promotes sin as correct and right. Sometimes we need to be reminded of your view on sin and how you do not tolerate it. Help us to cling to your word and not the ways of
the world. Our views are not popular with the ways of the world and the Church at large is cratering to the world’s view instead of you Holy Word. Remind us and give us strength to hold fast to your Word. Amen.