|Jude 1:4 |
4 For there are certain men who have crept in unnoticed, written about long ago, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lawlessness and wantonness, a license for immorality; and deny and disown our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ.2 [These men transferred the meaning of grace from the truth: that with repentance the Spirit of God commands us to deny lusts and ungodliness as it purifies us to be able to live a soberly, godly life in this present world — transferred instead to the twisted lie that grace excuses all past, present, and future sins in believers, thereby excusing believers to live in their lusts and pride as they please with no laws. The false church has made the blood of Jesus an excuse for evil; therefore they have made His blood an unholy thing; and so they trample on the son of God and show contempt for grace. Heb 10:29. It is not what one says that makes Jesus their Lord or Master, but their deeds. By claiming grace excuses all continuing to sin, these men denied and disowned Jesus as their Lord and Master, who said, "repent or perish, and sin no more." From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. They have taken the Bible and made it an unholy thing used to justify their immersion in sin. They would have no laws. The new law became unrighteousness. Christianity has no idea what I am or for what I stand." Peter identified the false christian leaders of his time also: "For speaking great swelling words of vanity, they lure through the lusts of the flesh and much wantonness, those who were barely escaping from those who live in error. Although these false teachers promise them liberty, they themselves are the slaves of corruption [sin, immorality]; for by whatever a man is overcome, he is enslaved." 2 Peter 2:18-19. False teachers promise liberty to continue in sin, but Jesus said, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin." John 8:34. The wages of sin is death. Rom 6:23. Not only has Christianity made grace a license for immorality, but Christianity has caused their believers' consciences to be seared as with a hot iron, leaving them indifferent to sin and evil. There is a liberty for a crucified son of God, free from all sin, walking in love and fulfilling the law; but until you are free from all sin, you are subject to being banned from heaven when you die.]
2 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 and disown our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ. Regarding instant salvation by grace: from the Word of the Lord within, "it is twisted, pernicious lies, a fatal flaw that turns aside the just." Grace has been twisted into lies from the truth of the Spirit of God teaching and changing you to live a soberly, godly life in this world to instead become a lying license for immorality and continuing in our sinful natures with no repentance required. By claiming grace excuses all sin, all such men deny Jesus as their Lord and Master, who said, "repent or perish, and sin no more." Jude shows us that this evil perversion of doctrine began 2000 years ago in the early church. They were written about long ago by Moses when he wrote about Cain, Balaam, and Korah, the forefathers of these perverse Christians who change grace into wantonness, licentiousness, or a license to sin.
Paul tells us about those who claim to know God, but deny him by their sinful lives: They profess that they know God; but they deny him by what they do, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work, Tit 1:16; (good works are those that God directs a pure man to perform). You can call him Lord, you can call him Master, but so did Judas, even kissing Him; it is not what you say that makes Jesus your Lord or Master, but your deeds — your obedience to his teachings and commands. By your deeds you either acknowledge him or deny him as your Lord and Master. If you sin, you deny him as your Lord and Master. A Lord or Master rules His servant, and Jesus does not rule over commission of sin. Until you are free of sin, He is not your Lord or Master. You are the slaves of whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness? Rom 6:16. From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to me."
Having crept in among the sanctified Christians, they too would be claiming to be Christians. Of course they would say that they believe in Jesus and God, but they denied and disowned him as their actual only master and ruling Lord God, by their words, thoughts, and deeds; they denied the necessity of the controlling anointing of Christ's spirit to rule their hearts. They deny the necessity of Jesus to be their actual Lord and Master, perfectly controlling our thoughts, words, and deeds. On the night Judas betrayed Jesus, leading the mob to arrest him, Judas kissed Jesus and called him Master, as he said: "Hail Master;" but by his actions of betrayal he denied Jesus to be his Lord and Master. Christendom denies and disowns Jesus too by teaching instant salvation by grace, while ignoring Jesus' teachings of salvation's exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions. To ignore his teachings and commands, is to deny and disown Jesus as Lord and Master. Jesus is not Lord or Master of anyone who still sins: as he said, Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34. If you are still sinning, you are still walking according to the ways of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan], Eph 2:2-3; Satan is your Lord.
These false Christians deny the narrow way's result of Jesus being in total control of them, while professing the broad-easy way's false doctrine of instant salvation: Christ having paid for all your sins: past, present, and future; consequence-free sin. They deny the necessity of repentance, perfection — purity — and holiness, all made possible by carrying the inward cross of self-denial. These were fleshly men — unperfected false ministers, uncrucified, without having received the increase of the Spirit of God through obedience; what they had, had been lost. The false gospel of grace was being sold as salvation 2000 years ago; unfortunately false, instant salvation, has become universal today, with all sects being deficit sects. And so, the warning of Hebrews 10:29 applies to Christendom today:
How much more severe a punishment, do you suppose, will be thought worthy for one who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has acted with spite [contempt] to the Spirit of grace? Heb 10:29.
The false church has made the blood of Jesus an excuse for evil, and therefore they have make his blood an unholy thing; and so they trample on Jesus and show contempt for grace. Heb 10:29. What is worse, they have changed the covenant, which Isaiah prophesied would result in the Lord devouring the earth, with few men left. Isa 24:5-6; which time fast approaches, and in which all who sin will be removed from the earth, not with water as in Noah's time, but with a scourge.
It is the Lord who is supposed to appoint by gift his preachers, teachers and evangelists, whose sole purpose is the perfection of the saints. Eph 4:-11-13.
No unperfected person can fulfill the ministry's function, which is the perfection of the saints; any unperfected teacher/preacher is a false minister, not having been appointed or gifted by God. Jesus specifically warns us that unperfected ministers are blind guides and tells us to leave them. Luke 6:39-45, Mat 15:14. Any unperfected minister, by his unauthorized and false preaching or teaching, denies Jesus as Lord and Master.
It is the Lord who is supposed to send the workers to the fields of harvest, Mat 9:38, but today's ministers have not been appointed nor have they been sent by direct orders. They are man-appointed, man-taught, and man-sent, and as such they are not Christ's. Instead, they are Satan's ministers transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness, 2 Cor 11:14-15.
Peter even warned us to be careful with Paul's letters, the false gospel's source, (which was Romans and 1 Corinthians), that they were easily misunderstood:
even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you; As in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which some things are hard to understand, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist], as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
Therefore, beloved, since you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. 2 Peter 3:15-17. (If you only partially read Romans, you can easily misunderstand grace, thinking you need do nothing but have faith in Jesus; but if you look at the whole letter, as it was intended to be read, you know you have to kill your sinful nature to be pleasing to God. Look at Paul's Romans 8:8, Romans 8:13, Phil 2:12, Galatians 5:19-24, 2 Cor 7:1, 1 Thes 4:7, 1 Cor 15:34, and I declared.. that they should repent and turn to God, and do works consistent with repentance. Acts 26:20 if you have any doubt.)
This doctrine of guilt-free sin is the intoxicating cup that the Whore of Babylon offers and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication," Rev 17:2; the wine of her fornication is the false promise of living in lusts and pride with no consequence of the fury of God. And the whole world has drunk from her cup and follows this Whore who pretends to be the bride of Christ, riding the beast with horns like a lamb, (appearing to look like Christ).