Thursday, June 25, 2015 4:10 AM

Modern Day Apostates-Nothing New

Thursday, June 25, 2015 4:10 AM
Thursday, June 25, 2015 4:10 AM

From the Willmington’s Bible handbook this teaching demonstrates that there is nothing new in the new age. Satan and sin stand against God and many modern day teachers and Christians stand with them.

Jude1:11 Examples from history. Jude compared the present apostates to three historical apostates, all of whom have their counterparts today:

     Cain, who ignored God’s wishes and offered a bloodless sacrifice (see Gen. 4:1–7; Heb. 11:4; 1 John 3:12). Many today, while claiming to be Christians, ignore God’s Word.

     Balaam, the greedy prophet hired to curse Israel, who was reprimanded by his donkey (see Num. 22:1–25:9; Rev. 2:14). Many today make merchandise of the gospel.

     Korah, who slandered and rebelled against Moses (see Num. 16). Present-day apostates speak evil against those who speak for God.[1]

What is the worth of a modern-day apostate? According to the brother of Jesus, Jude, they are all absolutely nothing but trouble. Look around today at the state of Christianity and you see a lot of trouble with more on the horizon. The Bible states that it will go from bad to worse. There are few Christians that still believe the Word of God is absolutely true, and almost no one is willing to stand against today’s soulless society. Their end is already reserved forever.

Jud 12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; Jud 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

[1] Willmington, H. L. (1997). Willmington’s Bible handbook (p. 789). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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