We shouldn’t be surprised. We know this world is ruled by powers of darkness, where the spiritual forces of evil abound. The battle may be seen on the earth, but the main conflict is in the “heavenly realms” where the souls of people are literally in the balance.
The church is – or should be – at the front of the battle, opposing everything that is not Truth as written in God’s Word. But even the church is faltering; and we have been warned many times, and those warnings still ring true today.
And the church must heed them.
Jude wrote “I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
Jude reminds us that the Lord brought the Hebrew nation out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. “6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.”
Yet, “8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.”
“14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.”
Jude said REMEMBER what the apostles said about these people:
“18…In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.”
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
But Christ died even for these people. He came that “all may have life.” Eternal Life.
Jude concluded: 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Hate the sin; love the sinner. Be warned, and warn others.