Apostates: Then And Now (2 Of 7) by Jerry Vines

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Jude 5-10
Jerry Vines

Apostate Files, #2

God has given us a little book in the Bible I'm calling the Apostate Files. The Lord wants us
to be able to distinguish false doctrine when we hear it and it is very important to be able to know the
I heard about two farmers who had a couple of mules they couldn't tell apart. One farmer
said, "I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll cut off a part of a right ear of my mule so we can tell the
difference." But the other farmer's mule got in a fight and had part of his right ear bitten off, too.
So, the farmer said, "I think I'll just cut off part of the tail of my mule and then we can tell them
apart." But the other mule got in an accident and part of his tail was cut off. The farmer said, "This
will never do. I tell you what. I'll take the white mule, you take the brown mule."
It's very important to be able to tell the difference. God has given us this little book in the
Bible to help us understand the difference between that which is true and that which is false. It is a
book that has to do with the subject of apostasy. In the first four verses Jude tells us why he has
given us this book. He started to write on the subject of the common salvation, and yet the Holy
Spirit impressed him deep within his heart that he was to write them and encourage them to "earnestly
contend for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints." That is, THE FAITH as
revealed in the Bible.
In the 4th verse he tells us the reason why -- the apostates. He calls them "certain men crept
in unawares." The Bible predicted that there would be apostates in the church, and from the days of
the New Testament down to these end days in which ...

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