Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Book of Jude – Part 4: The Ungodly

The Book of Jude – Part 4:
The Ungodly - HOFC
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

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Last week Jude spoke about the act of rejecting God’s Word was an act of rejecting the Lord Himself, and that if we reject the Lord, He in turn rejects us.

This week, we will see Jude expounding on the ungodly, specifically those who not only make up their own religion, but try to teach their beliefs to others as if it were God’s Words.

These ungodly people look for others who believe the way they believe, so they can perpetuate their sugar coating on the sin and ungodliness they refuse to repent from.

They may fool others outwardly with their act of religious righteousness, and they may even fool themselves, however God will not be mocked.

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Sin in the Church
Part 3 - Reject God and be Rejected

Part 4 - The Ungodly

Jude 1:11-16
 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

                  I.            WOE TO THEM (UNGODLY, APOSTASY & APOSTATES)
a.      They have taken the way of Cain
                                                                         i.      They way of Cain refers to Cain’s sacrifice not being accepted by God

                                                                      ii.      God told Cain what and how to sacrifice (Genesis 4:3-5)

                                                                   iii.      However, Cain decided to follow his own will, his own made-up religious act to God in his own vain imagination, and God rejected it because it was an act of disobedience.

                                                                    iv.      The ungodly make up their own religion believing it is acceptable to God, when in reality it is disobedience.

b.     They have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error
                                                                         i.      Balaam intended to curse God’s people

                                                                      ii.      He manipulated the Moabites (witchcraft) to seduce God’s people into worshipping Baal (Numbers 25; 34:16)

                                                                   iii.      The ungodly will not only create their own religion and expect God to accept it, but they will manipulate others and try to convert God’s people into believing it as well, which is idol worship.

c.      They have been destroyed as in Korah’s rebellion
                                                                         i.      Korah was a Levite, but he was not a priest

                                                                      ii.      He was jealous of Aaron and his authority

                                                                   iii.      Korah wanted to do the things that only Aaron was allowed to do, but God made it clear only the Priest could do it.

                                                                    iv.      Korah rebelled

                                                                       v.      The ungodly will reject church authority placed by God, and present themselves as the authority, performing duties reserved for the leadership in the church.

                                                                    vi.      We see ungodly people who are disobedient to the Word of God perform such acts as baptisms, communion, weddings, preaching, etc...

                                                                 vii.      They have created their own religion, demand God accept it, manipulate God’s people with their false doctrines, and place themselves in the place of authority.

Jude 10 “These people do whatever their instincts tell them to do, and so they bring about their own destruction.”

We must be careful not to follow our own instincts and will, but the Word of God alone.

               II.            THESE MEN ARE BLEMISHES
a.      They sit among believer’s claiming to be Godly
                                                                         i.      The tares among the wheat

                                                                      ii.      The wicked among the saints

                                                                   iii.      Knowing right from wrong, but chasing after desires of their flesh

                                                                    iv.      They are not ignorant of God, they just refuse to acknowledge Him as such
1.      Romans 1:28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done..”

b.     They partake without the slightest qualm
                                                                         i.      They partake in things of God with no fear, they have deceived themselves

                                                                      ii.      Clouds without water
1.      They look the part outwardly, but do not have the water (Spirit of God) within them

                                                                   iii.      Blown about by the winds
1.      Not led by the Spirit of God, they run to a fro seeking others to hear and believe what they are selling

2.      No real course, chasing tickling ears

                                                                    iv.      Autumn trees with no fruit, uprooted, twice dead
1.      They bear no fruit because they have no Spirit of God

2.      They are uprooted with no foundation

3.      Twice dead, in life by sin, in death by judgment

                                                                       v.      Wild waves of the sea foaming up their shame
1.      Wild waves causing destruction as their false doctrine does

2.      Leaving behind sea foam, or scum on the beaches like badges of shame from their falsehoods

c.      Theirs is eternal doom
                                                                         i.      Wandering stars (like falling stars - angels leaving their home) for whom it is reserved, the blackest darkness forever

                                                                      ii.      This is the eternal doom set aside for those who reject God until the end

                                                                   iii.      2 Peter 2:4

           III.            THIS WAS PROPHESIED BY ENOCH
a.      This is nothing new
                                                                         i.      Enoch, seventh from Adam, prophesied Judgment Day

                                                                      ii.      The Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands (meaning so many you cannot count)

                                                                   iii.      Ungodly mentioned 4 times, meaning their ungodliness is complete

                                                                    iv.      All mentioned 4 times meaning no one will escape judgment, it will also be complete

b.     These sinners have spoken against God
                                                                         i.      They speak against Him with false beliefs

                                                                      ii.      They speak against him with their sinful lives

                                                                   iii.      They are grumblers - meaning their sinful lusts and desires of their flesh are never satisfied

                                                                    iv.      They are faultfinders - meaning, they justify their own beliefs while finding reasons to deny True Doctrines and the Word of God

c.      They boast about themselves
                                                                         i.      Trying to convince others, or themselves, or maybe even God?

                                                                      ii.      They follow their flesh and do not have the Spirit of God

                                                                   iii.      They flatter others (manipulate / witchcraft) for their own advantage

Woe to them, they are blemishes and doom awaits them.

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