3 John, Jude, Revelation 1

"Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are Godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."  Jude 3-4, NIV 

It's very sad, when you think about it. Jude, the brother of Christ, tells us that he was eager to write to the church about the joyful topic of salvation. Instead, hee had to send them a warning concerning false teachers. That shouldn't surprise us, for nearly every book and letter in the New Testament contains warnings against false teachers.

But the type of false teachers that Jude had to address were particularly vile: They were teaching that God's grace was a license to sin. In other words, these evil men were trying to involve God in their sins. How, you might wonder, could these teachers get anyone to believe such a preposterous teaching? The answer to that is easy:

Most people would rather accept the lie that allows them to do what they want, than the truth that denies their right to do what they want.

That is why so many wicked politicians get elected. They tell deviants that their behavior is normal and that they will pass laws to make sure no one says different. They tell healthy, able men that they shouldn't have to work if they don't want to, and they will pay them for their sloth. They tell people that abortion isn't murder and that they will make sure the laws of the land permit that evil practice.

That's why the teacher that allows the kids to play is more popular than the one who tells them that it is time to work. That's why the coach that doesn't have challenging practices is more popular than the one who has strenuous workouts. That's why the parent who picks up after their kids instead of making them pick up after themselves is more popular with the little ones.

The list could go on and on (and it does), but you see the point: False teachers are popular because they bring popular teachings. They simply say what the masses want to hear and that type of practice pays very well. The sad thing, of course, is that while these false teachers might make people happy at the outset, their false teachings always, always, always bring misery in the long run. 

But the main consequence of false teaching is that it leads men to Hell! It does so because of this unchangeable principle: God's part is grace, man's part is obedience. And while these two things may seem to be mutually exclusive, they are actually and inextricably tied together by one great virtue...

Love!

Do you love God and Jesus enough to be on your guard against false teachers? This is why we study! 

 

"For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears from the truth and turn aside to myths."  II Timothy 4:5, NIV