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Trials Of The Defectors

"These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm ----- shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted ----- twice dead" (Jude 13).

The word I used in my title today, defectors, is not the biblical word used to describe the type of people Jude is talking about. The word is actually apostate, and its Latin root means to defect or rebel... For example, when Philip preached among the Samaritans, one of those who believed and was baptized was Simon. (Acts 8:13) Later he turned away from the apostolic teachings and actually tried to buy the power of Peter and John to lay hands on Christians and convey gifts of the Holy Spirit to them... (Vs 16-21) Christians around the world have often suffered at the hands of non-believers, but the church today is often beset by those who claim an allegiance to Jesus Christ... Apostates are those who often come in supposed faith and obedience to Christ, but who turn back to the world. The sad part is that in they subvert biblical teachings and leave a carnage of the truth in their wake. For whatever the reason(s), their motives are varied. Jude uses six (6) graphic metaphors to describe them and their effect,and you'll find them in vs 12 & 13... (1) blemishes at your love feasts, (2) shepherds who feed only themselves, (3) clouds without rain, (4) autumn trees without fruit ---- twice dead, (5) wild waves of the sea, (6) wandering stars. I think that the metaphors are self explanatory, but you might want to read each of them and decide what they mean. Jude told his listeners that these false teachers were unscrupulous, so he described their deeds in such a way that good Christians can avoid them. I believe that these descriptive terms were set down for us so we would be able to see that their ultimate goal was the destruction of unity in the body. Tomorrow we'll look at how we are to combat this, and in doing so, make ourselves stronger...

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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