by Jerry Vines

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Goshen Christians in an Egypt Culture (6 of 7)
Series: Apostate Files
Jerry Vines
Jude 20-23

It would be a rather depressing experience to read the book of Jude were it not for verses 17 to the conclusion. This book of Jude is the Apostate File. It opens up for us what God says in the Bible about the coming of a group of teachers on the earth known as the apostates. Apostates are false teachers who teach doctrines of apostasy. Doctrines of apostasy are those doctrines that depart from the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Jude had started to write upon a more pleasant subject -- the common salvation. But he says to us in verse 3 that there came this impression on his heart that rather than write about the common salvation, he should write instead a word to encourage us to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. The reason for this he explains in verse 4, ''For there are certain men crept in unawares.'' The apostates.

If you read only the first 16 verses it would be a rather discouraging experience. You might find yourself to be in something of despair and just want to throw up your hands and say, ''My, if it's going to be that dark and difficult in the closing days, how in the world can a person live for the Lord and be faithful to Christ in those kinds of circumstances?'' There are some who do not believe it is possible to live the Christian life in difficult surroundings. There are some who believe that the Christian has to go along with the tide and be a part of the culture rather than changing the culture. The book of Jude, however, is written to us to show us that Christians in the midst of an Egypt culture characterized by apostasy in the religious world can be Goshen Christians who experience a special closeness to God and can be used in that kind of day in a marvelous, miraculous manner.

In the closing verses there are three admonitions we receive. The first one is in verses 17-19. '' Don't let the apostates sur ...

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