THE “UN-NATURAL” RESPONSE by dffhrtcv3

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HOW TO SURVIVE IN APOSTATE
          TIMES
        JUDE 20-26
   THROW DEM BUMS OUT
   SHOOT EM
   MAKE ENEMIES OF THEM
   HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM
   IDENTIFY THEM IN THE PRESS…...
       OR
   Vs 20: “BUT YOU, BELOVED”
       INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE APOSTATES….
       FOCUS ON WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING..
                   FOCUS



       VS 1-16                 VS 17-25
         APOSTATES                   BELIEVERS
   TO SURVIVE IN TIMES OF APOSTACY … BE
    KNOWLEDGABLE THAT THEY EXIST AND
    THEY THRIVE…. BUT
   BE PROACTIVE IN THE TRUTH
   “BUILDING YOURSELF UP IN YOUR MOST
    HOLY FAITH AND …”
     HE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL
      TRUST IN GOD… BUT
     HE IS TALKING ABOUT “YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH”

         THAT IS, YOU BE STONG IN YOUR
          UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRUTHS OF
          SCRIPTURE WITH A VIEW TOWARDS
          OBEDIENCE.
         HOW DOES ONE DO THAT?
         WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?
   ACTS 20:32 “I COMMEND YOU TO GOD
    AND TO THE WORD OF HIS GRACE
    WHICH IS ABLE TO BUILD YOU UP”. (IT IS
    THE WORD THAT BUILDS YOU UP).
   COL. 2 “AS YOU RECEIVED CHRIST JESUS
    … VERSE 6: “WALK IN HIM, FIRMLY
    ROOTED AND BUILT UP IN HIM AND
    ESTABLISHED IN YOUR FAITH JUST AS
    YOU WERE INSTRUCTED”.
   HE DOESN’T GO TO CHURCH… AND
    CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD A MARVELOUS
    EXPERIENCE BY NOT GOING TO CHURCH
    …I.E. GET RID OF PREACHING…
   CAN YOU BELIEVE HE IS ONE OF THE
    MOST POPULAR WRITERS…
   PAUL IN 2 COR. 11 CONFRONTS THE
    CORINTHIANS OVER ALLOWING THE
    APOSTATES INTO THE CHURCH…. AND
    SETTING HIS TEACHING (THE TRUTH)
    ASIDE.
   MATTHEW 16, MATTHEW WARNS THE
    DISCIPLES OVER THE “LEAVEN” OF THE
    PHARISEES AND SADDUCES
   (NOTHING TO DO WITH TONGUES)
   IT IS A CALL TO PRAY CONSISTENTLY IN THE WILL
    AND POWER OF THE SPIRIT… (MacArthur)
     EPH. 6: 18 “PRAYING AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT WITH
       ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION MAKING
       SUPPLICATION FOR ALL THE SAINTS,”
     (WHILE I AM LEARNING i.e. Building myself up …. IT
       DOESN’T REPLACE MY DEPENDENCE ON GOD) .. SO
       PRAY YIELDED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT … REMEMBER ROM.
       8:26 “THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS OUR WEAKNESS FOR WE
       DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY AS WE SHOULD…” WE
       HAVE AN ADVOCATE IN HEAVEN, JESUS CHRIST OUR
       HIGH PRIEST, WHO INTERCEDES FOR US IN HEAVEN….
       BUT WE ALSO HAVE AN ADVOCATE AND AN
       INTERCESSOR LIVING IN US, (OUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE
       OF THE HOLY SPIRIT)… ALL OUR LIFELONG AS A
       CHRISTIAN, HE INTERCEDES WITH COMPASSION,
       SYMPATHY AND EMPATHY AND CONCERN FOR YOU.
   WHY? (This is opinion)
   1. WEAKENING OF DOCTRINAL CLARITY
    AND CONVICTION. (I.E. CHEAP GOSPEL,
    EASY BELIEVISM, TOLERANCE, NEGATIVE
    ATTITUDE TOWARD BEING “NARROW” IN
    DOCTRINE, EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO HIS
    OWN SPIN ON SCRIPTURE, ET AL) …
   WORSHIP DESCENDS FROM SINGING TRUTHS
    ABOUT GOD (hymns)… LYRIC-CENTERED
    MUSIC FULL OF THEOLEGY TO ….7/11
    DOMINATED BY VOLUME, RHYTHM,
    HARMONY…
   THE BIBLE IS ABSOLUTE… IT IS OBJECTIVE IT
    MAKES TRUTH CLEAR AND IT MAKES ERROR
    CLEAR. IT CONFRONTS, IT SEPARATES, IT
    DISTINGUISHES TRUTH FROM ERROR.
   THE BIBLE PROVIDES A BLACK AND WHITE
    APPROACH .. GARDEN OF EDEN …TWO
    TREES, ONE ALLOWED AND ONE
    FORBIDDEN. DESTINY, TWO PLACES TO GO…
    HEAVEN AND HELL, TWO WAYS: GOD’S WAY
    AND EVERYBODY’S ELSE’S WAY
   SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST OR NO
    SALVATION.
   DEPT. OF TREASURY: CONTERFEIT OR REAL
   JAMES 4:4 “FRIENDSHIP WITH THE
    WORLD”
   INSERT THE WORLD’S MUSIC
   INSERT THE “FEEL-GOOD” STORIES..
   MAKE YOUR TEACHING RELEVANT TO
    TODAY’S CULTURE….
       “SERMONITES FOR CHRISTIANITES”
   WE ARE TOLD TO “STUDY TO SHOW
    THYSELF APPROVED OF GOD” … THE BEST
    BIBLE INTERPRETER IS THE BIBLE. DON’T
    SEEK OTHER INTERPRETATIONS.
   WE ARE TOLD TO BE LIKE THE BEREANS …
    WHO SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURE TO SEE
    IF THESE THINGS WERE SO.
   THE CHURCH ACCUMULATES HERETICS
    AND SINNERS WHO HAVE NO REAL
    INSIGHT INTO SCRIPTURE … THO THEY
    HAVE ATTENDED FOR YEARS.
   “DON’T OFFEND ANYONE” MENTALITY
   SUPERFICIAL UNDERSTANDING OF
    SCRIPTURE
   A WEAK GRASP OF SOUND DOCTRINE
   A DEFICIENT VIEW OF GOD AND HIS
    HOLINESS
   HEBREWS 5: DISCERNMENT BELONGS TO
    THE MATURE.
   VS 17 (LAST WEEK/HOWARD) ..
    REMEMBER THE APOSTLES SAID THIS
    WOULD HAPPEN, I.E. DON’T BE
    SURPRISED AS IF SOMETHING HAPPENED
    TO UPSET GOD’S PLAN… THIS WAS
    PREDICTED. (EVEN BY THE TIME OF THE
    WRITING OF THE BOOK OF RELEVATION
    (e.g. 94-96 AD), FIVE OF THE SEVEN
    CHURCHES HAD ALREADY DEFECTED
    FROM THE TRUTH IN ONE DEGREE OR
    ANOTHER).
   WAIT A MINUTE: Romans 8 says
    “NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE
    LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS….
    NOTHING
   SO?
   HE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT KEEPING
    YOURSELVES SAVED… (SEE VS 24)
   HE IS SAYING TO KEEP YOURSELVES IN
    THE PLACE WHERE YOU EXPERIENCE THE
    BLESSING THAT GOD’S LOVE BRINGS….
    (OBEDIENCE).
   WHEN YOUR CHILD IS IN REBELLION TO
    YOU, THEY ARE NOT IN THE PLACE OF
    RECEIVING YOUR BEST … RATHER THEY
    ARE IN THE PLACE OF DISCIPLINE…. GOD
    IS SAYING…. STAY IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS
    WORD… AND ………RECEIVE         HIS
    BEST.
   ACCORDING TO THE COMMENTARIES…
    THE WORD “WAITING” IS ONE OF GREAT
    EXPECTANCE… LITERALLY LIVING YOUR
    WHOLE LIFE EAGER FOR THE LORD TO
    COME
   WAITING ANXIOUSLY…
   TITUS 2:12 “LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED
    HOPE IN THE APPEARING OF THE GLORY
    OF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOUR
    CHRIST JESUS”
   REMEMBER THE DISCIPLES PREDICTED
    THIS
   BUILD YOURSELVES UP IN THE WORD
   PRAY IN THE DEPENDENCE OF THE HOLY
    SPIRIT … ALWAYS IN DEPENDENCE OF
    HIS WILL
   KEEP YOURSELVES (BY OBEDIENCE) IN
    THE LOVE OF GOD
   WAIT EXPECTANTLY FOR HIM TO APPEAR
   IN THE MEANTIME….
   DEFILED, REBELLIOUS, MERCENARY,
    GREEDY, MATERIALISTIC, SELF-
    CENTERED, SHAMELESS, PROUD,
    SENSUAL AND VOID OF THE SPIRIT…
   AMAZING FOR SUCH A SHORT BOOK
   THEY DENY THE LORD IN REALITY…
    THEY MAY FEIGN TO HONOR HIM …
    LOOK AT THEIR THEOLOGY (SEE SAM C.
    AND HOWARD B. PRESENTATIONS)
   SO… GO ON THE OFFENSIVE (VS 22-23)
   MERCY – MEANS TO SHOW KINDNESS, (HOW)
    BY GIVING THEM THE TRUTH
   OUR TENDANCY: GET THEM OUT OF MY LIFE,
    GET RID OF THEM, GET THEM AWAY, I WANT
    NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM…. WE WANT TO
    ABANDON THEM .. WE WANT TO PROTECT THE
    CHURCH
   GOD SAYS SHOW MERCY … FEEL COMPASSION,
    FEEL SYMPATHY, FEEL CONCERN FOR SOMEONE
    WHO IS CONFUSED (IN FALSE DOCTRINE) .. WHO
    IS DOUBTING/CONFUSED.
   REMEMBER FALSE TEACHERS GO AFTER PEOPLE
    THAT ARE WEAK … THE VULNERABLE, THE
    IMMATURE.
   JUDE’S LAST STATEMENT WAS CONCERNING
    THE CONFUSED (OR WEAK)…
   NOW HE ADDRESSES THOSE REALLY
    CONVINCED (OR WILLFUL) TO FALSE
    DOCTRINE. SUGGESTING WE MUST
    DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE WEAK AND THE
    WILLFUL.
       OF SOME WE MUST HAVE COMPASSION, TREAT
        THEM WITH ALL TENDERNESS, RESTORE THEM IN
        THE SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS… NOT BE NEEDLESSLY
        HARSH AND SEVERE IN OUR CENSURES… NOT
        PROUD AND HAUGHTY, ----- BUT OTHERS…
   NOTICE THIS GROUP IS “ALREADY IN THE
    FIRE” OF THIS FALSE BELIEF. THEY HAVE
    “BOUGHT” (CONVINCED OF) THE LIES OF
    THE APOSTATES. (REMEMBER, WE CAN NOT
    SAVE ANYBODY) … WE ARE JUST THE MEANS
    GOD USES. GOD IS THE SOURCE OF
    SALVATION.
   JESUS WITH PHARISEES: VERY
    CONFRONTIVE, VERY BLUNT, VERY SEVERE
    WARNINGS, PROMISES OF JUDGMENT,
    DEVASTATION AND HELL. WERE SOME
    SAVED?
   2 COR 10:3 “SMASH THE FORTRESSES (FALSE
    IDEAS) AND SET THE CAPTIVES FREE”
“WITH FEAR”… i.e. THAT YOU MIGHT GET
  CONTAMINATED… JUST LIKE YOU
  WOULD NEVER TOUCH “UNDERPANTS
  WITH POOP” (GREEK)
WITH THIS GROUP, THEY ARE THE LEADERS
  OF THE APOSTASY… CAN ARTICULATE
  THEIR GARBAGE WELL, THEY ARE
  SMOOTH … DON’ T GET TOO CLOSE TO
  THESE FOLK. (REMEMBER SARDIS)
SHOW MERCY… GIVE THEM TRUTH.. LET
  GOD TAKE IT FROM THERE.
   “NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP
    YOU FROM STUMBLING AND TO
    PRESENT YOU BLAMELESS BEFORE THE
    PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY WITH GREAT
    JOY, TO THE ONLY GOD, OUR SAVIOR,
    THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, BE
    GLORY, MAJESTY, DOMINION, AND
    AUTHORITY, BEFORE ALL TIME AND
    NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN.”
   (Remember, Jude wanted to write about OUR
    GREAT SALVATION)
   ETERNAL SECURITY (REMEMBER THE
    TEACHING IN 1 JOHN)
       WE CANNOT LOSE OUR SALVATION…
       THINK ABOUT IT…. WITH ALL THE SINS YOU
        HAVE COMMITTED…. YOU WILL BE
        PRESENTED
       CLOTHED IN CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS
   ETERNAL SECURITY (REMEMBER THE
    TEACHING IN 1 JOHN)
       WE CANNOT LOSE OUR SALVATION…
       THINK ABOUT IT…. WITH ALL THE SINS YOU
        HAVE COMMITTED…. YOU WILL BE
        PRESENTED BLAMELESS BEFORE HIS
        PRESENCE….
                 EXCEPT FOR ……….
   ETERNAL SECURITY (REMEMBER THE
    TEACHING IN 1 JOHN)
       WE CANNOT LOSE OUR SALVATION…
       THINK ABOUT IT…. WITH ALL THE SINS YOU
        HAVE COMMITTED…. YOU WILL BE
        PRESENTED BLAMELESS BEFORE HIS
        PRESENCE….
       BLAMELESS …. WITH GREAT JOY (Many
        commentators see this as JOY of the FATHER AND
        THE SON) … THE BRIDE IS IN THE HOUSE
   “NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP
    YOU FROM STUMBLING AND TO
    PRESENT YOU BLAMELESS BEFORE THE
    PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY WITH GREAT
    JOY, TO THE ONLY GOD, OUR SAVIOR,
    THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, BE
    GLORY, MAJESTY, DOMINION, AND
    AUTHORITY, BEFORE ALL TIME AND
    NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN.”
          AMEN AND AMEN AND AMEN

								
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