Old and New Apostates

Some people who read my blog might think I am unduly hard on Christians because of the life they live, but, if we read what Jude, the brother of Jesus had to say to them, you will find I am not nearly as hard as some of the bible writers were.

[Jude 1:5-11] “But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

As Sodom and gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similiar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.

Yet Michaael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring a railing accustion, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beast, in these things they corrupt themselves.

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.”

Just because a person had a relationship with the Lord does not mean that person can live life the way they want and still expect to spend eternity with Him. He has a set of rules His people are to live by; and when we reject His rules we are rejecting His leadership, and when we reach that point our troubles begin in earnest and judgment isn’t far behind. Jude said to the groups listed above, “Woe to them! (Friends, that word, ‘Woe’ is a death sentence.) 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.”

If you pay close attention to those listed in Jude’s letter to whom he said, “Woe to them!” You will find there are people, angels, and cities, listed among those who God judged for different reasons, as well as, the three people listed in the final sentence. And just in case you don’t know who Cain, Balaam, and Korah are, and since they represent differents groups of people who at one time had a relationship with God, let me refresh your memory: Cain murdered his brother Abel; Balaam prophiesed God’s word for money; and Korah questioned the leadership of Moses, God’s personally appointed leader of the Israelites. Moses, not Korah, had performed 10 great miracles prior to the Israelites being led out of their Egyptian bondage, it was Moses, who parted the Red Sea, and it was Moses, who had personally received the Ten Commandments from the hand of God. Though Korah was speaking to Moses, he was in actuality questioning God concerning His choice of leaders, and led many of his fellow Israelites astray. When he raised the question, “Why should we follow Moses?” He was really saying to his followers, “Why should we follow God’s commands?” God separated Korah and his followers from the rest of His people, opened a large hole in the desert floor beneath them, and the rebels and all their belongings were swallowed up by the earth that closed over them. Need I say that God knows how to deal with people who commit murder, are profiteers, who profit in the name of God, and who rebel against Him? DThrash


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