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In the book of Jude, Jesus' half-brother writes to believers to urge them to fight against an invasion of lies that were seeping into the church. Jude knew that Christians had to be ready to do battle against unbiblical teaching in order to keep the church pure.
God does not tolerate creative tampering with His Truth.
This warning is just as relevant today as mainline churches dilute Biblical Truth to make it more appealing, user-friendly, and comfortable. Sinful actions get a pass as "lifestyle choices," and those who cling to God's Truth are labeled intolerant. However, only God's Truth is valid, offering eternal life and granting the power to live life victoriously now.
To be effective against false teaching, you must first know and believe the Truth. Stop and take a moment to read Jude 1:1-24.
God is the author and source of all Truth. Some churches, however, are flying the banner of man-made theology, and it is attracting hordes of people by blurring the lines of Truth. The message is intentionally kept ambiguous in order not to alienate anyone who might find Biblical teachings challenging or contrary to their lifestyle. This new version of the church is adapting the Christian faith to culture instead of calling the culture to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God does not tolerate creative tampering with His Truth. There is no other truth but His Truth.
There are no small exceptions to Biblical Truth. The consequence of tolerating "small exceptions" to the Truth is eventual and complete departure from the Truth. A half-truth is a lie. Downplaying God's Truth to appeal to unbelievers has eternal consequences.
Prayer: God, I pray that You would help me to be on guard for false teaching. Help me to never downplay Your Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law" (Psalm 119:163).
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