|Jude 1:16-19 |
16 These are grumblers and complainers, walking after their own lusts; their mouth speaks great flattering words, admiring men in order to gain advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember the words that were spoken before from the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How they told you there would be mockers in the last time, who would walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These are those who separate themselves [cause divisions], sensual, not having the Spirit.5
5 These are those who separate themselves [cause divisions], sensual, not having the Spirit. From the Word of the Lord within: "they did not have patience." These men did not have the patience to stay in the cross until their sinful nature was slain; but being ambitious to preach and teach, they separated themselves from the true believers who were patiently and persistently waiting on God. These false prophets are covetous, still living in their sinful nature, flattering men to obtain control over them. Speaking words from their carnal minds, not from the Spirit of God, as do the true ministers. Preaching for money, they had not been sent by God; but claimed to be God's ministers. Here is what God said he would do to such people claiming to represent him, when he never directly authorized them: I will bring upon them an everlasting reproach and perpetual shame that will never be forgotten, Jer 23:40.
John best described them:
Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard that antichrist will come, even now many antichrists have come. By this we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us; but they went out, so that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 1 John 2:18-19.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
And Peter also described such men:
This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority, [such as the Apostles who tried to correct them]. 2 Peter 2:10
....Then continuing with 2 Peter 2:12
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast [hearing the Word spoken in fellowship] with you. With eyes full of adultery, [lovers of money and the world instead of God] they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness, [they preached for money, which Peter prohibited]. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness. [Fox said his era's ministers' spiritual progress was less than that of Balaam's ass because the ass spoke the Word of the Lord, but the ministers could not even hear the Lord's voice, much less speak the Word of the Lord; they could only quote the Bible; exactly like the ministers today.]
These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words, and by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those [lustful desires of sinful nature] who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 2 Peter 2:17-20. (And Jesus said, I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34)
And Paul also spoke of false Christians who opposed the crucifixion of the sinful nature:
Brothers, be followers of me, and observe those who walk after the pattern we have set, so that you have us for an example.
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their stomach [appetites], and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind on earthly things. Phil 3:17-19
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13
As long as we live in our sinful nature, we are unruly and incapable of being ruled, controlled, or led by a Lord or King. So, if you want Jesus to be your Lord and King, you must put to death your selfish, sinful nature by repentance to purity on the inward cross of self-denial.
See George Fox's Excellent Writing on The False Teachers in Christianity.