“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3, 4)
Jude’s letter warns the believers of the danger of ungodly men coming (better said ‘creeping’) into the church. This was a problem even in the early church. It is more so now. We are commanded to jealously guard the revelation of salvation by grace alone and thru faith in Jesus Christ. This is the true Gospel of Christ. In one word it is called ‘The Faith once delivered to the saints’. God has entrusted the revelation of this faith to His children. This faith is our best treasure. The religious unbelievers have received nothing from God. They come closer pretending they have the same treasure. But these are enemies of the Cross, of the peace in the church, of the unity of the Spirit and of the revelation of grace and faith. It is our duty to protect the faith entrusted by God to us, His children. We are to be watchful against these men who are agents of the devil, spies who come to gain information about our true treasure, our wonderful liberty and inheritance in Christ (Gal 2:4, 5). They come deceitfully to gain control over silly and weak willed women (and men too) (2Tim 6-9). They are dangerous because of their proximity to us and our ignorance of their true identity. They use occult magic, witchcraft, evil power and manipulation to place spells upon the ignorant careless believers.
These men come in a special way: They ‘creep unnoticed’. In Greek, the word means to quietly settle alongside you. The word ‘creep’ means to move slowly, timidly, with the body close to the ground. They may come as humble or needy people. They do not look dangerous at all, especially at the beginning. They are experts is flattery and (over) familiarity. They have a Gibeonites spirit (Josh 9). Have you seen ‘a professional beggar’? They are like that. Before you know, it is too late. You always regret being ‘sorry’ for them. They attack thru the friendship you have foolishly permitted. Their flattery is a snare for your feet (PV 29:5). The price you pay for allowing such religious spirits to become close to you is slowing your progress with God.
What is the solution? Prayer!!! Pray before you make any decision! May God open your eyes to see! May God give you the courage to separate from all false brethren! May God give you the desire and strength to fight the good fight of faith! May God have mercy on you and release your feet from the flattery snare! Be free in Jesus name!
Lastly, I declare with my brother Jonah:
“But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.” (Jonah 2:9)