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  • Writer's pictureRobert MacMillan

Falling away is a growth industry

The Epistle of Jude is an end-times cautionary tale regarding false teaching and the security of the flock of God. We see this throughout the Epistles, but perhaps nowhere so clearly as in Colossians 2:6-10:

6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. NKJV

  • Here is the protection and encouragement to the believer until the victory comes: God's grace will be with them.

  • There will be false teachers, particularly at the end of the age (now).

  • They will lead some astray into apostasy. According to 1 John 2:19, true believers will not apostatize. Many who play at Christianity will apostatize.

  • The apostasy will increase as the Day of the Lord draws near.

But the Day of the Lord will arrive, and then Satan will be crushed and those who follow him; and we who have remained true will receive reward from the God of all grace.

Romans 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

As we engage in this spiritual war, there are four truths we must understand:

  • We must connect our doctrine to our walk. To use fancy words, our orthodoxy must produce a proper orthopraxy. In other words, true faith produces true works.

  • Our doctrine gives us our foundation and it gives us our growth day-by-day.

  • There are thieves who would steal our focus away from Christ.

  • We must learn to walk with our doctrines.

Are you prepared for the days in which we are now living?

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