Spiritual Warfare; May 11, 2020


Jude 1:4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Just as I wrote about James back on April 27th, it is striking that these two younger brothers of Jesus, physically speaking, were so totally committed to Jesus as the divine Savior, not claiming their physical kinship but declaring their submission and obedience to Him. Most of Jude’s letter is a strong warning against false teachers, but the basis for their being false is their denial of Christ and the immorality that naturally springs from that. There are plenty of people today who “change the grace of our God into a license for immorality,” whether or not they give lip service to Jesus. The reason they are dangerous is they appeal to base impulses that we all have, and the devil and his lying spirits are certainly involved. As Jude says in verse 10, “These men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals — these are the very things that destroy them.” We are to be on our guard against such people, but they are really very pathetic and to be pitied, because they seal their own fate by their decisions and actions. We are not to be deceived by them, nor allow them to deceive others, if we can help it. The foundation for us must be our own commitment to “Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Interestingly, it was Jude’s brother James who famously said, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) There are lots of people and forces in the world that, in submission and obedience to the devil, come against us. We cannot stand against them in our own strength, but it’s no problem for God. We aren’t to ignore evil and those who serve it, but our focus is to be on our Lord, to whom all authority in heaven and on earth has been given. (Matthew 28:18)

I haven’t been “up close and personal” with many of the people Jude is talking about, but thanks to the Internet, I am very aware of a lot of them! The very fact that abortion is defended as an “essential service” during the lock-down is clear evidence that they are on the side of immorality. The number of people killed by the virus totally pales in comparison to the number of people killed by abortion, but the last thing these people want is for sexual activity to be limited to the context of marriage, as God designed and decreed it. For them, “unplanned pregnancies” are an inconvenience, a disease if you will. That is clearly service to the devil. The person of God must stand in Christ, speaking God’s truth in God’s love, even when all of society seems to be coming against you. We don’t want to share the fate of those so deceived, but rather rescue them from the lies of the devil.

Father, I have noticed that recent events have really been exposing evil attitudes and actions that had been kept secret. Thank You for knowing them all along. Help me be a voice of grace and love, but also of holiness and righteousness, so that the eyes of many may be opened and people be set free to repent and believe, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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