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No. 3 Beware of Imposters..Imposters Beware (3 of 5)
In your Bible find the book of Jude! Jude is one of
those one-chapter books in the New Testament. Like a
postcard .. it's very short yet very significant. This little
postcard has only 25 verses ... but 25 verses of dynamite!
We've been thinking under the general heading:
God's Special Delivery as we have been learning from
these four one-chapter books in the New Testament.
For a couple of Sunday nights we've been getting
acquainted with Jude.
Jude sounds an alarm to the church because he
warns us of a dangerous problem that can become a
deadly problem to the church! The problem of apostasy.
You will remember that an apostate is a person
who knows the Lord in the head but that knowledge has
never reached their heart. The apostate is a lost church
member. They look saved .. act saved .. sing saved ..
teach saved .. but their not saved. And at some point in
time they walk away from the faith. They defect from
the faith and in the process .. they generally rip and ruin
the fellowship of the church and the body of Christ.
An apostate is somebody who at one time
professed to be a Christian .. he received the gospel .. but
he didn't receive the Lord. He was a church member .. a
disciple .. without being born again and after having
received the gospel .. he then rejects it. But he's still not
an apostate in the true sense of the word.
An apostate is a person who not only has received
the gospel and then rejects the gospel .. but then he
begins to ridicule the gospel. And he's still not finished.
For an apostate is one who has received the gospel .. then
rejects the gospel .. then ridicules the gospel and then
tries to replace the gospel.
So .. the book of Jude is both a warning and it is a
call to arms for we read in verse 3, "I found it necessary
to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for
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