Jude Lesson

False Teachers

THE BOOK OF JUDE

Jude is a short book in the New Testament consisting of only one chapter.

The author and time of writing are not exactly known. Most scholars estimate that Jude was written between AD 66 and AD 80.  Jude was a common name in those days. A good number of people believe the book was written by Jude, the half-brother of Jesus Himself. If that is the case, Jude would certainly have a unique perspective.

The book deals with an issue as old as time, good vs. evil. Jude was written primarily for two main reasons:

  1. To alert the readers to false teachers that have crept into the church,
  2. To exhort the readers to grow and stand firm in their faith.

Jude does not pull any punches in communicating the spiritual threats that they are facing at the time. He reminds the readers of how the ungodly were punished by referencing: Sodom and Gomorrah, Cain, Balaam, and Korah, for whom, “The black darkness has been reserved forever.” – Jude Verse 13.

False teachers are a real threat to people’s salvation! 

Jude issues strong warnings about false teachers and reminds those that believe in God and Jesus to stand firm in their faith.  A warning that we should heed today as well. 

FALSE TEACHERS

Jude describes false teachers as:

  • “Grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.” – Jude Verse 16.

He also reminds the readers of the words the apostles had previously spoken:

  • “In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” – Jude Verse 18.

MODERN-DAY FALSE TEACHERS

Are there false teachers today? Of course there are!  In today’s high-tech world we are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us that the more we “have” the happier we will be.  We are constantly being tempted with messages that tell us to:

  • “Buy this car,”
  • “Vacation here,”
  • “Wear these clothes,”
  • “Eat at this restaurant,”
  • “Use this phone.”

The false teachers of today tell us that having these “things” will make us happy. They attack us through the media, on our smartphones, and in just about everything that we do. If Jude were writing today, he would be exhorting us to stand firm in our faith

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE

Just as people back then had a choice, we too have a choice. 

  • Who are we going to follow? 
  • Are we going to obey God’s commandments or pursue the things that the “world” tells us are important? 

Consider the following verses from the book of Joshua, and choose wisely:

  • “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served, which were beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FALSE TEACHERS

The Bible speaks a lot about false teachers.  As long as there are people looking to glorify themselves and not God, there will be false teachers.  We need to protect ourselves against them by learning what the Bible says about false teachers.  Consider the following four scriptures:

  1. “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” - 1 John 4:1,
  2. “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15,
  3. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” - Mathew 7:15,
  4. “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” - 2 Peter 2:1-3.

CONCLUSION

False teachers were a problem with the early church, and they are a problem today.  Any message that contradicts God’s word is dangerous and puts our souls at risk. 

To protect ourselves against false teachers, we need to study the Bible so that we can recognize attacks on our faith and decide for ourselves who we are going to follow. 

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.’” - 2 Timothy 2:15-19.

Comments

Michae

Just the other day I was persuaded to buy a phone and change carriers. It causes a distraction from all that is sacred. I need to be more careful , prayerful and vigilant.

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Dan W

Yes, Satan is the ultimate false teacher, whispering to us to never be satisfied with what we already have.

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John
Dan W

Amen Brother! Part of the "Peace that surpasses all understanding," has to do with learning to be content in whatever situation we are in.

Thank you for sharing your great insights into His word!

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Donna

It seems that Jude would like us to aware of false teachers but also of false leaders who seek to divide us. The description referring to those who have gone the way of Cain as wandering stars for whom the darkest night has been reserved forever was striking!

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Michael
Donna

Amen Donna!

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