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Beware of Imposters ... Imposters Beware (2 of 5)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
January 29, 2006
We are continuing our study of the last of the one chapter books in the Bible under the heading: EMAILS.COM. It is the longest in length and yet the most neglected of the five! And of course I'm talking about the book of Jude.
As you are turning to Jude .. let me remind you that Jude writes to warn us .. to sound an alarm .. alerting us to a dangerous problem within the church! The problem of apostasy! That is .. those within the fellowship who know the Word of God but they do not know the God of the Word! They have head knowledge that's never reached their hearts!
The apostate is a lost church member! They look saved. We want to believe that they are saved. But they are not. In speaking of the real deal .. Jesus said in Matthew 7.16, "You will know them by their fruits." Genuine saints will have fruit! There is no such thing as a fruitless follower of Jesus! A true saint's life bears much fruit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control!
But not in the life of the apostate. Paul talks about them in 1 Timothy 4.1, "Now the spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith." The Greek word that's translated "depart" (apistami) is where we get our English word "apostate." It speaks of a falling away. And don't think he's talking about those in the fellowship that were saved and lost their salvation. They never had it! The Bible says, "had they been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us."
If Jude reminds us of anything .. he reminds us of one way the Devil tries to stop the work of God: through infiltration. He tries to infiltrate the church with error. Now last Sunday night we learned three things about apostates:
... they come in unnoticed. Verse 4, "For certain me have crept in unnoticed .." They silently and secretly slither in ...
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