Apostates among us

“These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬-‭19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Apostates among us

The times that are coming will offer great clarity for the children of God. It is one thing to endure when one is truly called, and believes in the surety of salvation, but it is yet another for those who are not truly ofd the faith. Three are those who walk amongst those who are saved, but are not. Under the pressure of persecution, they will be revealed for who they are.

Reading Jude this morning was timely, for the season of cataclysmic change and reckoning may well be upon us. The coming world events will be a revealer of souls for many, as all humanity will be pressed to the degree that what is inside will be revealed through behaviors.

There will be those who grumble, who complain, who will walk according to their own lusts, not have regard for the holy things of God. They will walk about engrossed in sycophancy, hoping to curry favor with man, but having no reverence for God, who knows all.

They will carry a false holiness, which vainly covers the true nature of their hearts. The are those that Paul told Timothy to avoid:

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV

Even now there are those who are creeping in, walking among us, sitting in our pews, who cause division. I am thankful that in my little church, we have none of who I am aware.

But I am watchful.

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jude 1:3-4 NKJV

The apostate is alive and well in the American church, for so many have been drawn away after false Christs and faulty doctrine, that appeals to the flesh, but does not come filled with the Spirit of God. The culture has seeped into the church, which is deceived into believing that it must be relevant to a world that is careening into hell.

Brothers and sisters we are called to be different, to portray the holy things of God before a world that is veiled in the darkest darkness. The Lord Jesus has made us to be light in that darkness, to shine forth the glory of His Son, that those who are lost will be drawn to the wonderful light.

“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”
John 12:46 NKJV

““You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

Let us glorify our Father in Heaven, walking by faith in this wicked world, showing the love of Jesus, a love so powerful that He was willing to take on the sins of the world, suffer a gruesome death that we be saved. May our lives reflect the great sacrifice and the greater transformation as sinners are made saints.

Within the church, may we love each other, showing great mercy, that even those who are apostate may be drawn to righteousness.

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.”
Jude 1:20-23 NKJV

May the righteous love of Jesus be overwhelming, making anything hope in this world pale by comparison. The time is short and we have much to do. There are many souls to be saved, and hearts are open, for even the most meek is aware of the coming darkness, and is even now seeking answers.

Let us cling to God and to His word, praying always in the Spirit, that we be filled aways and prepared to be the ambassadors that the Lord has saved his to be.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.”
Jude 1:24-25 NKJV

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One thought on “Apostates among us

  1. This is also true! I think the Lord that he has used me to reveal these wicked people a couple of times. At the same time, what grief to know that men and women are hardening their hearts, to potential eternal destruction.

    Will you please pray that the Lord will continue to use me and grow his strength through me, as I seek to minister for the Lord’s glory? I am praying for you, my friend. Thank you again and again for your prayers!

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