Still False Teachers
In Jude we read some pretty stern warnings about the presence of false teaching and teachers in the church. It’s not surprising that many false teachers would already have been known by the early first century. I’m pretty sure that false teachers about Jesus arose within the first few days of the church. Other letters to New Testament churches warn of the dangers of false teaching, so it didn’t take long for the truth to be altered by those who sought personal gain or who sought to enslave others. If you read the book of Jude, which will take you less than 3 minutes, you will see that almost every paragraph has the subject of false teaching and Jude asks his readers to take this subject very seriously. Here is one of the more interesting descriptions of false teachers: 12 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; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Note that the common thread here is something that is presented as something else; specifically something that doesn’t deliver what it appears or promises to deliver…clouds without water…trees without fruit…False teaching will do that. It will promise much and deliver little. Be aware. Test what you hear against what you read in God’s word. Be willing to study for yourself and not just accept what you are told. False teachers will be around until the return of Jesus but you don’t have to fall prey to their empty teachings.