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The Rebellion of Korah (5 of 5)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
February 26, 2006
We have discovered on these Sunday nights that the Bible has 5 one-chapter books. They are like emails: short and to the point. But don't let their shortness give you impression that they are not significant .. because they are ... especially to the church!
That is never seen anymore clearer than in the last one-chapter books: the book of Jude. Jude is a book of warning .. alerting the church to the possibility and probability of apostates within the fellowship.
Again .. an apostate is a church member but not a member of THEE church. They know the word of God but they do not know the God of the word! They are ungodly people. They leave God out of their life .. out of the decisions .. out of their choices .. out of their worship. Rather than being spiritually minded .. they are sensually minded.
They have only one agenda: their own. They are out to divide and disrupt! It's no wonder that Satan infiltrates the church with his designated apostates!
Tonight we are picking up where we left off last Sunday night in verse 11. Jude gives us 3 Old Testament examples of apostates. And without exception .. all three of them substitute their religion for the truth of the gospel.
Now keep in mind that in verse 11 .. Jude doesn't go into any detail about these three apostates. He didn't have too. He knew that they would know the story. We do the same thing today. All I would have to do is to mention to you a name and you would know the story. For instance .. Lee Harvey Oswald. See .. you know the story.
Well ..the people that Jude was writing to would know about the events that took place .. all he needed to do was to supply a name. For instance .. we read in verse 11, "Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah."
Apostates go the "way of Cain" or more ...
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