These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jude 12-13
After discussing some well-known examples of men who have abandoned God’s authority we now see the location of some of these false teachers. These false teachers attended the Christians love feasts. Now these love feasts served as a public way to show kindness to others through food and fellowship. These were regular gatherings that allowed Christians to spend time together. Jude states these false teachers were as “spots” in their love feasts. The word for “spots” in the greek means hidden rocks near the water in which the waves would crash upon. These rocks were hidden near and around the reef. Jude is giving us a good picture of the deception and sneakiness of these false teachers.
What do all these descriptions have in common? They are deceptive!
- They make promises that never come to fruition
- They look very spiritual but their heart is rejecting God
- They appear soothing but quickly create havoc
- They display greatness in a moment but fade into nothing
Don’t belive everything you hear come out of a so-called “Christian’s” mouth. Hold claims under the lens of scripture and test whether its truth or deception. know that not all Christians are real Christians and real Christians don’t always speak truth. This doesn’t mean they are out to deceive but that they are quick to teach and immature. Remember what James says:
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
Soak your heart and mind in scripture and then you will be able to pick out these false teachers. Pray and seek guidance from the Spirit and be obedient to what is revealed to you in scripture.
With Great Love and Truth,