Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:3-4
My heart aches for the many professing Christians who are being deceived as they follow after false teachers. Like the Israelites of old, not only do they not know GOD’s WORD (Isa 1:3-4, 1 Jhn 2:3-4), they prefer to be deceived rather than know GOD or HIS WORD (Job 21:14-15, Jer 9:3-6, 2 Tim 4:3-4).
Our Beloved LORD GOD has called us to contend earnestly for the faith or to hold fast to HIM and to HIS WORD (Deu 13:4, Prov 4:4-5, 1 Ths 5:21-22, Heb 10:23, 2 Jhn 1:6, Rev 3:11).
Twenty years ago, I first began to hear professing Christians state that JESUS did away with the law when HE came so we do not need to study the Old Testament. When I asked them to then explain Mat 5:17-20 and Rom 15:4 to me, they could not. In the last ten years, I have witnessed false teachers twisting GOD’s WORDS in Rom 16:14. They emphatically tell a crowd of captivated congregants “we are under grace we are no longer under the law!” leaving these people to believe they no longer have to deal with their sin. When I asked those holding to this “radical grace doctrine” to explain Rom 6:15, 1 Jhn 1:9 and 1 Jhn 3:4-10, they tell me I am legalistic.
Our Beloved LORD GOD’s grace means forgiveness and the power to overcome sin, it does not give license/permission to live ungodly, immoral lives. In fact our LORD warns us in Hebrews 6:4-8, Hebrews 10:26-31 and 2 Peter 2:20-22 that those who have once been set free from the defilements of the world and have experienced the salvation of our precious JESUS CHRIST, partook of HIS Holy SPIRIT, tasted HIS good WORD and then fallen away by becoming once again entangled in willful sin, their last state is worse than their first. And they will suffer the same fate as those who never knew GOD, eternal destruction (Rom 2:8, 2 Ths 1:7-8).
In conclusion when one professes to know GOD, and be a follower of JESUS CHRIST yet live unholy lives, by their deeds they deny HIM (Titus 1:16, Jude 1:4), and cause unbelievers to blaspheme HIS Holy NAME (Rom 2:17-24).