Friday, March 8, 2013

Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. Jude 1:4, NIV

If you have a few minutes, you might read Jude. He only has one chapter, just twenty five verses. A person could print out Jude on two sheets of paper, or on both sides of one sheet. In your pocket you would have a letter written by a brother of Jesus. How precious is that?

And what does he warn us about? False teachers. You would expect them, but so soon? False teaching is not a new problem. The scriptures warn that men like ravenous wolves would tear into God's flock. When? When the apostles had died.

It is well known that many, if not most, seminaries are filled with false teachers. It was the experience of Chuck Swindoll to confront one of his respected teachers over a theological point. The teacher was trapped in his teaching of untruth. His response: I'm the teacher and you're not. He used his position of power to defend error. He could not resort to the word of God. Chuck was fortunate to learn his lesson early.

Am I being cynical? Hardly. Jude warned us, and so do Peter and Paul. This little book on a single sheet of paper, has an important warning for us all.

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