What A Man Says
Posted: July 3, 2021
Author: Christopher Brock
Jude Verse 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.”
The Word of God says that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. What He has said is truth and cannot be changed. What He has created is created according to His perfect plan and there is nothing that can alter His design and His plan. This world on the other hand is full of lies and deceit. In this world, we are told over and over again that we must follow our heart, be true to our feelings, and embrace who we believe we are. I want to tell you that the Bible, the unchanging and everlasting Word of God, tells us that the heart of man is set on nothing but evil all the time, and it is deceitful among all things. The Bible tells us that there is not even one person who out of their own heart is good. Let me make that even simpler and blunt for you: when you are told to “follow your heart” and “embrace your feelings” the reality of what this actually means is “follow and embrace the devil”.
Does that sound harsh? Mark 7:21-23 says, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Do you want to follow these things? Do you want your life to be filled with and led by these things? What foolishness! And again, this is not my word, those words are literally the Words of Jesus Himself as He spoke to the disciples.
The reality is this: many people have exchanged the truth of God’s Word for the lies of this world. The “wisdom” of man is but foolishness to God and yet we see more and more people embracing this wisdom as though it were some kind of badge of honor and something to be desired. May I ask who would want to not only embrace the foolishness of evil, but actually be proud of it?
Jude verses 17-19 go on to tell us, “But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, 'In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.' These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” But what can we do? How can we combat this wave of lies and deception? By being merciful and speaking the truth. Jude verses 22-23 teaches, “Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” Our desire must be to show love and mercy to those who have been deceived by the foolishness and evil of this world. If we truly love them, then we know that we must also tell them the truth.