Knowing the Scriptures
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire;
to others show mercy, mixed with fear.
The book of Jude presents us with a powerful and urgent message about the presence and danger of false teachers within the Church.
Jude, the brother of James and a servant of Jesus Christ, addresses his letter to those who have been called, sanctified, and preserved by God (Jude 1:1). This introduction reminds us of our identity as God's chosen people, set apart for His purposes. However, Jude wastes no time in expressing his deep concern about the infiltration of false teachers who distort the message of God's grace and deny the lordship of Jesus Christ.
False teachers have always been a challenge to the Church, and their influence persists even today. They disguise themselves as spiritual leaders, yet their teachings lead people away from the purity and integrity of the Gospel. Jude describes them as ungodly individuals who pervert the grace of God into sensuality and deny Jesus Christ as their only Master and Lord (Jude 1:4).
Let us guard our hearts and minds against false teachers, and remain firmly grounded in the truth of God's Word and grow in discernment, so that we may recognize and reject any teaching that deviates from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is best done by knowing the scriptures.
Lord God, help me to root myself deeply in Your Word. In Jesus name. Amen.