Aggregation of our Facebook teachings (Course in a post)

As we are turning the tide of ministry around the globe, it’s been decided that our teaching on Facebook is not reaching enough people; therefore, since we need a much larger pulpit to the world, we are migrating much of our work to here from Facebook to remove the dependency on Facebook to help us distribute. More and more, cultural and religious type posts fall under their demotion algorithm, which ruins our chances at influencing.

Please spread our information as much as possible, for this is the Will of Christ Jesus, our Lord. This is not an exhaustive amount of our teachings; however, this is what was transferred over to here. Teachings are most recent and descending. These are similar to daily devotions.

April 23, 2021: Not even the paper and ink will I use to come to you, for I want to see you face to face. (2 John 1:12).I think we should all follow John’s example, and lessen social media and impersonal notes. After all, we must make best use of our time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). When you do speak, do not be the fool who lacks understanding but just wants to speak their opinion (Proverb 18:2), but expressing your wise thought concerning whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8).

April 19, 2021: People use labels all the time, but let them. If people tie themselves to the world placing on themselves insignia (labels in their brains that are likely the mark of the beast should they be depraved instead of saved) or tattoos that make them look like a slave – you can tell them it is wrong, but if GOD wills, they may repent. Do not be dismayed that the world is suffering, for many of the world are eternally lost. If you stay on the negative side of things, you will experience despair. But, if you are on the celebratory side of things, you know you can rejoice now forevermore, because you are marked with the Holy Ghost and only desire to preach the good news – after all, it’s Heaven from hereupon. What do we have to worry about?

If you are not communing with others in an air of honor for their work for the Lord, do not expect them to do the same for you. Commune with others as you would desire they commune with you (Matthew 7:12). God’s Elect are not of the world system, as in they do not have world desires – like respect (power). However, respect as a form of honor is due for all who work well for the Lord.

People are searching for a sign: Jesus tells us look no further than that of the prophet Jonah (Matthew 12:39). Your miracle is awaiting.People are searching for identity: Jesus tells us we are made in the image of GOD (Genesis 1:27), and that we are the children of GOD foreordained before being in the mother’s womb to go about in good works (Ephesians 1:5) – not in darkness, but in His Marvelous Light (1 Peter 2:9; Jeremiah 1:5). Christ Jesus lives inside the elect, and nothing can change that (Galatians 2:20). All of the elect are one part of the Body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Not servants, but friends (John 15:15). YOUR LIFE is hidden in Christ in GOD, and will remain as that way should you be an elect of GOD (Colossians 3:1-4). If you can declare Jesus as Lord and know you mean it, then you are elect. As well, if you can declare that GOD created us, and sanctified us to be in His Good Works forever – this is another assurance you are elect. Galatians 3:27 calls the elect one of Abraham’s offspring, which are heirs of the promise. What is the promise? The elect will be given eternal life and be with GOD eternally. All those of GOD’S SPIRIT (the elect) are sons of GOD (Romans 8:14-15). What is the way I as an elect shall live my life? Live it like a party, be in celebration and full of peace, joy, and righteousness forever. Seriously, celebrate. Eternal life begins now and shall remain. Just avoid foul parties that involve several bad factors (look in Galatians 5:19). See Ephesians 5 about how we should be living life. Party lifestyle is not as the world sees it, don’t be like the world. What I mean is that this interpretation says to sing to each other, enjoy each other in love, have grace, peace, love, joy, self-control, and so many more good things. Leave alone the things of the world that rot. Enjoy the things of eternal behold. Rely on these instructions to keep things on the straight and narrow (along with reading all of the word, but especially): 1 Peter 2:1-12. Also reference Psalm 23 if you feel doubt.But the point of this life is to celebrate GOD in all that you do (See Psalm 5). Avoid such things as the works of the flesh referenced above and avoid things described in 1 John 2:16-17: Lust of eyes & flesh, and the pride of life. When you are elect, this life is not yours, it belongs to GOD no matter what occurs (Romans 14:8).

April 13, 2021: Fake media. I truly dislike the world system, you know the system that tries to distract you from God? Many to most media is so fake! People are deceiving masses upon masses on multimedia, and people let themselves be enslaved to that. Why… Why do you let mass media enslave you? If we need to talk about slavery, we start with the devil’s slavery on most people of the world right now. The power to make beautiful music is what Lucifer had, and guess what? He uses it as hypnosis to enslave the entire world. So many outlets of media and sinfulness broadcast the devil’s reproach of God and God’s People. Wake up to the true reality: Slavery begets slavery, and it all started with the devil and will end with the devil. REFUSE THE MARK OF THE BEAST — BE SAVED BY GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN.

April 11, 2021: My experience with a missionary long ago was a pastor asking me about my faith. To his question, I answered, “yes, I walk by faith, not by sight, not by power, not by might, but ‘by my Spirit,’ saith the Lord.” The missionary had a look on his face… You can imagine what he was thinking.

April 8, 2021: READ CAREFULLY: If you are in a church and your pastor/leader is giving you the signal that worldliness and godliness are both good or only worldliness; and you follow that… It is a lukewarm church. They are purposely telling you that mixture is okay and giving you false teaching or prophecy to keep you bound enough to stay there and not grow too fast. This tends to be more of a focus on the church making money instead of sending disciples. If I operate a church, I always tell my members that I expect them to go eventually, but I don’t mind coming back or if they are a local missionary, because a church is a spiritual home. The Bible says a few things to note: come out from the world to be separate and unique as a Christian to set an example of godliness to attract more people to eternal life, lukewarm people will be spewed from God’s Mouth, and go and make disciples of all nations. Once you accomplish being separate of the world, you will see the freedom you have now and know just how abominable the world can be. Let’s just say to avoid spiritual inflammation.

March 31, 2021:

Ephesians 4:15 is repeatedly taken out of context “speak the truth in love,” which has been said to speak the truth softly to someone or to speak to them with no harsh tones or to keep from saying something that might offend someone. PLEASE READ THIS CONTEXT…Ephesians 4:11-16, “11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;[[DO YOU FIT THIS ^^^^^^ CATEGORY?]]12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”So looking at this context from 14-16, it appears some deceivers will slip in among the midst of the body of Christ (the believers). Do you expect to just speak softly to them or tell them what they want to hear? NO! YOU REBUKE THEM! You tell them to straighten up the act, because they will be held at discipline before God. WE SPEAK THE TRUTH TO PEOPLE IN ANY FORMAT BECAUSE WE LOVE PEOPLE AND LOVE GOD!Try not to overdo the “carefulness aspect”, and work more on actual edification. Stand out and be free to be who God created you to be. If you want to tell someone to leave a sinful lifestyle, for example, you do so because you care for them since that sinful lifestyle is trying to destroy their life!!!Get out of the boat and into the water… You of little faith. Watch God bloom your faith big and tall.

You’re being robbed of your blessing if your preacher is only giving you soft truth and padding your armor. (1 John 3:18 < READ THIS!)

March 29, 2021: Before troubling someone, ask yourself if this would be the ideal last moment with them. If not, and you want to make sure you leave a good impression (and a good legacy), then truly decide your interaction before a meet. If someone was to be enraptured by Christ Jesus tomorrow, would you be satisfied with how they were treated… Or better yet, find this challenge… Would you be satisfied with the fact you did not talk with someone about Salvation, for if they passed tomorrow they could *possibly* not be saved and therefore be destroyed in eternal fire. BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT YOUR LIFE.

Trying to not get carried away but here goes… a bold preaching from Paul from the New Testament… I encourage marriage between a non-confused male and female, because of this one very important piece, which is that reaching sexual maturity is of high importance, for the misdeeds of sexual things of the flesh is quite harmful to the human body. Become sexually mature quickly and know that relations should be between Husband and Wife (no extramarital conduct whatsoever). The Bible is very clear of sexual problems. Don’t let it inflame your soul.

Per my recent post of the Rocks will Cry Out. This interpretation is based upon the following:Isaiah 55:12 says, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Throughout Psalm 148, there are numerous examples of created things praising their Creator—the sun, moon, stars, heavens, water, sky, animals, and people.Because of the refusal to not give praise unto the Lord, the rocks (unbelievers) would cry out in song, because they long for their ways to be “right” even though they’ll never be.So don’t let those who praise evil be able to speak loud… You encourage your voice to speak louder than the evil ones, because Our God is Greater than anything on Earth and within the heavens and the place of Hades.

March 27, 2021: Wake up sleeper, don’t be silent about the Lord, or the rocks will cry out (Luke 19:40).The peace all of you crave is hidden from you. (Luke 19:41-44)

March 23, 2021: I really believe the Bible gives a good admonition for those who don’t have personal peace. It’s found in Romans 12:1-8…1. Offer your body as a living sacrifice, so therefore, be alive to serve God forevermore.2. Do not try to conform or be as the ways of this world… It is so difficult and time consuming to impress people. It is better to renew your mind and focus on the spiritual aspects that are easily missed: Worship God, attending to nature, praying, seeing art, listening to spiritual music, and so much more.3. Don’t think you are any better than other people, just think of God and how wonderful He is.4. For those who have specific gifts as the ones listed: teaching, leading, prophecy, serving, giving, showing mercy, or encouraging – You should use these in all that you do. Beautiful spiritual blessings erupt for you when you do as you are purposed in the Holy Spirit.

March 16, 2021: People need to hear the truth, but don’t want to – afraid it may seem discriminating; however, God does not lie and will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Instead, people tend to gather “teachers” or “preachers” who speak things that people want to hear — example: ‘God will make you rich’, ‘God will give you what you want’, ‘Give your tithe and offering, and receive a blessing overflow’. Have you heard that if people promise you things that cannot be verified or saying “it *Will* fix your problem” – you should run the other way? This life is between GOD and you – GOD to person relationship. It only matters what He says about you. Follow His Word! Be saved from the destructive heresies. (See more in 2 Timothy 4). It is very difficult to find a truth teacher who stays fundamental to Biblical doctrine and does not allow himself to be swayed by societal norms or cultural problems. If you are in search, you are not alone. I am looking for the same, an actual fundamental preacher who matches a close Biblical finding. They are out there, and are a remnant just like the Body of Christ is just a remnant of the world.Salvation is not about you, it is about Jesus Christ. Take the blinders off and see Christ Jesus today in your life (Philippians 3:9-11). Those who have Jesus, though, are special, and blessed, and have life eternal. Yes, you will always be with GOD is you are saved. The message of Salvation seems foolish for those who are perishing, but to the Saved, it is good news that is your power from God – the only source of all power (1 Corinthians 1:18). You did not choose God… God chose you! (John 6:44).

Do not trust those who only speak well of you (spiritual leader situations) – for that is how false prophets were treated and how false prophets act as well. Everybody needs praise and rebuke, not just praise (Luke 6:26; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Timothy 4:2). Therefore, if your Bible teacher/preacher is not rebuking and praising, then there may be a problem.

Oh how many Christian pharisees we have today. Be on the lookout for them according to Matthew 23:1-29 – this is where Jesus instructs how to identify pharisees (which you will probably see them teaching the Bible adorned with beautiful garments and super personalities).

Note about false teachers from 2 Peter 2:2: Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24).

Just so you know, if you follow mass media, you are being hypnotized often. They use hypnosis in almost all facets of media. Look up music hypnosis/sound healing, visual hypnosis such as video, trigger words, hypnotic worship, etc. It goes on and on.

March 15, 2021: Basic broad rules for life:1. Live in the present 2. The past and future do not belong to you 3. You’re not promised tomorrow. There we go… Nothing grim, just celebrate today and enjoy it. Never know what the Lord could do in your life or others’ lives.

MORE CONTEXT…Past does not belong to you: Jesus told Zaccheus that He is coming to Z’s house, and Jesus said He will clean out everything bad of his past.Future does not belong to you: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”” (James 4:13-15).LIVE FOR TODAY! 😃“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” (Psalm 118:24).Also, remember 9/11….”Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

More truth, just saying:Anyone who practices sin or habitually attends to it is of the devil (1 John 3:8). God cannot be tempted of evil nor does God tempt people (James 1:13-15). Nobody can hide from God, and also the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the only living being on Earth without sin (Hebrews 4:13-15). This is why I have taught that when you are saved, you are expected to leave the practice of sin, which means to avoid it. Some are caught in sin on accident or because of ignorance; however, the Holy Spirit is there to protect you by convicting you that it is not the right way. Therefore, you must know that to glorify God, we must be without sin. Think about it: This is our creator. And also, when you have left sin, you will notice dramatic improvement in health, because you have closed the vulnerabilities that the enemy can use to destroy your health. The devil tries to come to steal, kill, and destroy; however, Christ Jesus came to give you life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). Somebody give God a shout of praise! Hallelujah!

March 5, 2021: God is the creator who gives life to humanity and all living things. The world is His beautiful and “very good” creation (Genesis 1:31). God is the designer, the architect, the artist, the coder, and the life giver. He good, He is loving, and He takes delight in His Creation. (Journey the Word by Prophet Jason Allen Pfoutz – chapter 1)

We know of the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), who regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5), indwells believers (Romans 8:9), is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14), is the seal by whom the Father promises the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14), and is the Divine Teacher who reveals the knowledge and wisdom of God to believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

In case someone has the idea that they are not special, recognize the following facts…Those who are Saved in Jesus Christ have irrevocable God’s Holy Spirit within them, specifically the Spirit that speaks of Jesus Christ. The flesh may feel dead, but the Spirit is life due to righteousness (Romans 8:10). The greatest treasure lives in you (2 Corinthians 4:6-7), and Christ Jesus lives in you so you will have everlasting faith (Galatians 2:20).Our hearts are home for Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:17). I have seen the miracles of Christ Jesus’ Name being spoken, and right before me many healings and miracles happened. He is our True Hope (Colossians 1:27). Nobody has to suffer second death or hell if they are saved in Christ Jesus – it is an absolute fact (Matthew 25:31-46).Don’t be trapped in the world or the underworld, obtain life eternal now!

February 7, 2021: Do NOT let the devil convince you that God placed an illness on you or let you have an illness so He can use it for good. The Lord may use situations for good; however, what you need to know is… Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 12:15; Luke 4:40; John 14:12; Mark 6:56). If God was going around using illness to draw people close to Him, then how’s come Jesus healed ALL of them? God desires that you are healed, and by faith, you will receive the promise Jesus Christ made to you and on your behalf since He is the High Priest! (Psalms 103:2-6 and Hebrews 2:9).Endnote: If people are concerned with why Paul had a thorn in his flesh, it was because he saw the third heaven — How many people have had this happen? Very few and it was around the time of Jesus’ First Advent. I simply do not accept anyone who says that God is using sickness to draw people close to Him. God just draws people, regardless of sickness or not – adverse use of sin or not much sin – and so many other contrasting viewpoints. Put simply, the Bible does not reveal God uses sickness for His Purposes, because He allowed Jesus to willingly bear all of it so that we His People did not ever have to. If you are sick, then God wants you healed, so come to the fountain and receive a fresh outpouring! Praise the Lord!P.S. This is something most pastors and spiritual leaders will not mention, because like doctors, they want you to keep coming back to their “practice.” I don’t want to play church. I want serious things happening to serious believers, and start experiencing Heaven now. Forget the infirmity… I’d rather have peace, joy, righteousness, and love in the Holy Ghost forever and ever. Amen!

January 26, 2021: Double your portion they said… But they didn’t equip the disciple with the most important advice… Do everything in love. Come on, we need more love, love, love – not money, money, money – for ministry. Folks crave the oil of anointing, but not the oil of anointing found in the love of God. Ministry is not new age practices of applying essential oils to humans, saying you are healed, and then expecting God to “just take care of it” – when YOU the MINISTER have the power to trample scorpions, heal the sick, do miracles, deliver people from demons, and more. Applying anointing oil is a cup of blessing from God, who is the love that people need. If people cannot feel the love of the Father when they are anointed, then the anointing is a clanging cymbal – a show in other words. Don’t let your ministry be an acrobatic show — Let it be a ministry of love unto our Lord in Heaven. This prophecy must be shared. Thanks from our Lord.

January 21, 2021: Picture this: The Jewish system was in place when Christ Jesus walked the Earth. Their claims were the following: Grace does not exist because Yahweh is too holy to give out grace, so you have to follow the Mosaic Law just like everyone else. They told Jesus, being born Jewish, that He was to be obedient to the Law and stop the uprising. What the Jewish system did not know was that Jesus came to reform the Law, because He carries the Heart of the Father G-D to seek and save that which was lost. What was lost? The ability to be righteous, joy, and peace by the Holy Ghost. So why did Jesus press so hard? Because… Just because. The Heart of the Father is expressed in all things Jesus had done, but the Jewish leaders thought He was a reprobate. But, as you should know, Jesus was not a reprobate, and He came to show the Father’s Love so that we might be saved of the coming destruction of the earth. Therefore, you must know that the earth is melting and the elements are taxing the globe. Think global warming is a catastrophe like the government does… The government works for God. BUT, the government cannot stop global warming. The earth is melting just as we saw in prophecy. Jesus warned of the end of days, and they began after He was crucified and arose on the Third Day. We will begin to see day two of Revelation prophecy in the coming weeks, months, years — It’s not up to us to know the times and seasons of the LORD. Therefore, we await His Return, and thankfully us Saved humans won’t melt as the sun is getting closer to Earth every single day (look at Space Weather and NASA studies on how close the earth is getting now). Bible prophecy is being made real before our very eyes. We do not need to worry though, because once we were saved by Jesus Christ, we became part of Him and will escape destruction. This is the good news of the Gospel. Now that is something to whoa or wow about!See references: Matthew 5-7; Mark 1:40-44; (not reprobate) Mark 2:23-28; Mark 3:31-35; (prophecy on Earth melting): Isaiah 24:6; 64:1-5; Malachi 4:1; (confirmed prophecy – the scroll is opened) 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 16:8-9.

January 19, 2021: Feel your value tonight… You are associated with GOD Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth. You are the creator of your own little world just as He created His World. You are part of His World. You have the ability to live, create, shape, manipulate, divert, and blossom your Earthly destiny, but nobody can change your true Heavenly destiny. Once you live in Heaven on Earth, your mind will restore to the purpose God has you here for. Experiencing the definition of love every day in perceivable/tangible things is one of the great ways to experience GOD. What a beautiful experience to be chosen to do this, for Him, forever. We cannot be plucked out of His Hand. This is for you to take the helm and gird up your loins – you are ahead of the battle, you saw it coming, and now you are the victor, because the battle was already won by Christ Jesus when He was buried, but resurrected. He saw the end from the beginning so that we could have an expected end: the New Heavens and New Earth. But patience, pleading patience, to be here and endure the fullness of time. New Heaven and New Earth will not appear until God revokes the fullness of time and destroys Heaven and Earth as we know it. Keep Heaven in view, because it is here and now. GOD came and dwelt among men, and declared these are the last days. Be ready to see His Glory in your everyday life. Once you do that, expect only the best and never the worst. Do not catastrophize your days, but cling to each ONE DAY moment by moment. We are only promised ONE DAY at a time, and to enjoy moment by moment. We know and are rejoicing in who GOD is. Death is a lie, and we reign forever and ever in His Kingdom. This is the truth of the Gospel. Stand with your prophet here and dive into God’s Work. It is amazingly rewarding and completely beneficial now and eternally. Hallelujah!

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW. THANKS FOR BEING PART OF OUR MINISTERIAL WORK!

Do not be deceived! – 15 guidelines the Bible instructs

In this broken and fallen world, hope is always for us Christians as we have our joy and peace in Christ Jesus our Lord! The following is a list of guidelines the Bible instructs to avoid deception in this turbulent world.

  1. Death never solves anything, is not the end, and was not God’s intent in the first place (Matthew 25:45; 2 Peter 3:1-18; Ezekiel 18:23).
  2. Giving up on life or in life is the worst choice, because there are so many helpful resources to boost your life. We mourn in hope in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
  3. Sin may please at first, but proves its destruction and it sacrifices many good things (Romans 7:11; Hebrews 3:13; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 6:9).
  4. Criminality is an abomination to the Lord (2 Timothy 3:13).
  5. Violence is never the answer and does not solve anything (1 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 3:3; Proverbs 3:29-31; Titus 3:2; Psalm 11:5; Galatians 5:19-21).
  6. God is not mocked; whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
  7. Bad company corrupts moral character (1 Corinthians 15:33).
  8. Do not turn away from the Lord to serve other gods (Deuteronomy 11:16).
  9. Do not trust in vanity (Job 15:31).
  10. Watch out for false prophets who bring false visions and lying messages (Lamentations 2:14). Beware of prophets who promise peace to those who pay them, but threaten war for those who don’t pay them (Micah 3:5). Also beware of false teachers who try to mislead you from the truth of God’s Word with their mankind philosophies (vain philosophies/new age beliefs).
  11. People are deceived when they don’t know the Scriptures or Power of God (Matthew 22:29).
  12. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon Earth (Matthew 6:19).
  13. Beware of those pretending to be Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:19; 2:18).
  14. Hypocritical judgment should be avoided (Matthew 7:1-5). This means that you should not point fingers at someone for a thing they did wrong, when you are guilty of doing that same thing at the moment (unless you repented and have not been doing it long enough that you can dissociate yourself from it).
  15. Lacking humility (Matthew 5:3; James 4:6; 2 Peter 3:17-18).

We do hope this was ultimately useful to you. We do hope that you will no longer be deceived by the enemy in this life, and that you can live happily! Praise the Lord!

Walk in truth and lead people well | 3 John commentary

This is another short letter by the apostle John, written between 85-95 A.D. John addresses this letter to a loyal believer called Gaius. The second letter of John spoke of not helping missionaries who speak falsely. Well Gaius was a gracious helper of missionaries. Therefore, John had a few things to say, and some comparisons to make to other leaders, Diotrephes and Demetrius.

John starts the letter addressing Gaius and wishing him prosperity. He praises Gaius’ faithfulness and charity unto the church. This is because he helps missionaries faithfully. This sets a good example of other Christians, which is why John praises it. It also allows other audiences to realize the importance of helping missionaries. Now, missionaries are not beggars, they are simple people doing God’s work by carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Therefore, it is important to support their endeavors.

Next, John comments on another leader, Diotrephes, who is like an opposite of Gaius. Diotrephes was someone who did not receive John well, thus firing malicious words, and not being content with himself enough to help people in the church. Lastly, he comments on Demetrius, another leader, who had good reports from all men. People loved Demetrius. John claimed that Demetrius does well. John ends the letter letting Gaius know he would see him face-to-face soon (which is probably why the letter was short).

When it comes to walking in the truth, as John wrote in verse 3, this literally means to be good in your faith so much that people observe and testify of you. Gaius was a man that John thought mentionable as walking in the truth. Of course, Diotrephes was rebuked, mainly for undermining an office in the church and preventing people from being hospitable. Moreover, it is only right to not imitate evil (but rather to do good of God). Demetrius was another good example just like Gaius, which is why he was also mentioned.

It is important in the body of Christ, that God’s people do not mock the example of Diotrephes, but rather take on a better approach like Gaius and Demetrius. Therefore, we, as Christians, should support missionaries and help those who are in need. While doing this, we heed John’s warning in 2 John, where he warns about false teachers. If we heed those warnings, and give faithfully – then we will also walk in the truth, prosper, and be in good health. By supporting the Great Commission, we are doing the Will of God for all His people. We can expect to be blessed in this degree as stated, if we do God’s Will.

As such, we can put labels on these three men. Then, we can know what people would follow as an example. Gaius was a dependable leader in the church, who helped people. Diotrephes was the dominating or controlling official. Last, Demetrius is the kind messenger, who seems to have a good heart like Gaius. These are great examples.

Lessons and other notes from John here

PEOPLE: Gaius is a helpful man who provides hospitality to traveling preachers. He supports these people and wishes them well. He is warm, especially in welcoming people to preach into the Church, and helps strangers as well. He also helps preserve God’s truth.

Diotrephes is a man who acts out of selfish ambition – kind of a counter to Gaius, as this man was simply one who opposed the authority of John; refusing to pass on his instruction to the Church. He made false accusations about John and was very domineering. He didn’t welcome traveling preachers, and would be subject to John’s punishment if he had to come.

Demetrius was a man with a good report among men, and was to be a reliable helper in the difficult time of preserving the Gospel in the time of great false teaching.

Dangers of the defiled road:

  • Romans 13:13 identifies: Rioting, drunkenness, chambering, wantonness, strife, envying
  • 2 Peter 2:10 identified: Walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, Despising of government, Presumptuous are they, Self-willed are they, They speak evil of dignities
  • 1 John 1:6, “If we say we have fellowship with Him, but walk in darkness, we lie and don’t know the truth.”

Instructions to remain of the prosperous road:

  • We should walk in good works (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10)
  • Walk in Christ Jesus, be rooted and grounded in Him and stablished in the faith – abounding with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7)
  • If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other (1 John 1:7)

Conclusion of the matter

The teaching on the Characteristics of Diotrephes was good, because he was inhospitable, and therefore, this was not Christlike. It’s good to learn what not to do, because it helps you do what you’re supposed to do. This was a prideful man that did not receive others, was selfish, and forbade others to receive the brethren. He did not care much for people, and had an attitude of arrogance among them. These are different ways that authority can devour a person’s personality and intentions. Give a person a good amount of power, and you may have a problem on your hands if that person misuses the power they’re given. John was so angry at this man that his old self was starting to boil, because he could not believe the insolence stemming from him. He was just one example of someone who isn’t Christlike.

John, once again, is amazed at the hospitality of those under his care and those that are his friends. He is so happy that Gaius is a hospitable person and glad that he is prospering. He is so excited when his people walk in truth, and he hopes that he will continue. He is not happy at Diotrephes, who is a near mere polar opposite of Gaius. He warns about Diotrephes and talks about him quite a bit for the issues that he has brought to the Church, and hopes he can stop the nonsense. Other than all that, he is still against the false teachings of the day, and hopes that they can continually be dealt with, so he appoints people to help (namely Demetrius) to preserve the truth of the Gospel.

We could learn from these examples. We could learn the great hospitality of Gaius and put it into practice immediately, and we could learn how not to be in our hospitality through the example of Diotrephes. Being a hospitable person requires selflessness, self-control, compassion, showing mercy, and other virtues – and therefore, selfishness, arrogance, pride, mean-spirited attitudes, and other evil or negative things should not be welcome in a hospitable place.

Some have said the Church is a hospital for sinners. Whether that’s true or not is of no concern, but what is of concern, is that we do treat people in our everyday lives with hospitality, whether they are a Christian or non-Christian (for John told Gaius to not just treat Christians, but also strangers). We should follow suit on the admonitions given to Gaius, for it can help us improve our ministry and methodology of helping people in our everyday lives.

Even John warned against false teachings and heresy | 2 John commentary

In 2 John, John puts a similar focus on truth as he does in the first letter. This letter was written between 85-95 A.D. This is a very quick but important letter from John. It is best to decide upon whom John is addressing. John speaks of “the elect lady and her children.” This could mean a local church and its congregation, or it could mean an unknown widowed woman. Nevertheless, John places a warning on the “elect lady” about giving hospitality and support to traveling ministers (missionaries) who have departed from the apostolic truth and have migrated toward false teachings.

John once again warns against false teaching as he did in 1 John. We learn also in this letter that truth and love are inseparable. We should walk in truth, not just admire it. We should also love one another, a genuine love. Therefore, John starts the letter with his greeting before talking about walking in truth, and that we had a commandment from the beginning to love one another. The love we have, we should walk in it.

Next, John talks about the deceivers who have entered the world who do not confess Jesus as Christ. These deceivers are an antichrist. John warns next that those who transgress and abide not in the doctrine of Christ do not have God. However, those that do abide in His doctrine do have both the Father and the Son. The warning right after that is if these deceivers come to your house with this kind of (false) doctrine, do not receive him or help him out. That is how this second letter ended.

False teaching is a major problem in the body of Christ today, because people are focused on their own will, instead of humbling to God’s Will. John points out that even in his day, false teaching is prevalent. He also speaks to keep an eye out for those that practice unrighteousness and do not hold true to the apostolic truth. This can be reflected to a contemporary principle of watching out for false teachers (and prophets), especially in the last days before the Lord’s coming.

John seemed to have some kind of apostolic love toward the “elect lady,” as he spoke that he loved in truth. John seemed to end the letter early, because he expected to see the “elect lady” soon. So, John’s letter, in a quick summary, went like this: He encourages the people to persevere in love and belief in God, to have nothing to do with false teachers – not even to support or give them hospitality, and then a hope to see them soon.

It also seems that John has a strong will against those who deny Christ, as in verse 9, we also see this in 1 John 2:23. This is to be expected by someone who loves Christ so much. John was a very faithful disciple, so seeing his love manifest into feelings of discontentment against those who do evil, speak falsely, and deny Christ. John is a good example of a disciple who was well trained in the beautiful teachings of Jesus Christ. John teaches this audience these things, because he is setting the example that the Lord crafted in him to make other people more like disciples of Jesus.

Lessons & other notes from John

This epistle is unique, because it is the only book in the New Testament that is addressed to a lady. Some believe the elect lady is a title for a woman in the higher social realm or official/dignitary – or married to such. Many traditions teach that the person addressed is Martha of Bethany. Others believe that it is the Church he is referring to, but nonetheless, there are many beliefs on who it might be.

Trinity: As for the personage of the Trinity, it seems that each member of the Godhead has a particular personality. The Father is the creator and Law Giver, Jesus the Son of God is the Savior, Baptizer, Healer, and Soon Coming King, and the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth, the Convictor, the Comforter, and the Illuminator. However, each possesses all these things.

They are always working together no matter what, for Jesus was Baptized by John, a Spirit like a dove descended upon Him – and then a voice came from Heaven (from God) that said “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus, as we see in John 17, wants the same unity for the believers that exists between the Father and the Son, so that through them, others would believe as well. He hopes that they share in the love that the Father has for the Son. He desires that they give themselves to God for the task of spreading the Gospel. Overall, He is telling them to have unity just as the Father and the Son have unity.

Being unified: Being in unity in the Body of Christ is highly important, and it tells us to love one another, walk in truth, and follow His commands – for He is looking after us and hopes that we keep our joy and peace. Practicing love and unity on a normal basis is the key to living more successfully with others.

What he appears to mention the most is that we love one another (we see in 2 John 5, John 13:34, John 15:12, 1 John 2:7, 1 John 3:23, and 1 John 4:21). He speaks of the Great Commandment in many verses, because Jesus had spoken of it, and then John repeats Jesus and keeps reassuring the people that if they love one another, they are doing the Will of the Father.

John is so glad to be united with this lady and her children, and hopes that they continue doing the good work they have done, especially in hospitality – for hospitality is important in the Body of Christ, because this world does not show mercy, so His People must show mercy to give people hope. The hope we have is of the Lord, and He hopes that we all will love each other and be in unity just as the Father is to the Son, because we need to spread around His Message much! False teachers have come, but we need to spread around the actual truth to hopefully blot those false ones out.

John rejoices when his teachings have done well to success, and is thankful that the people he is addressing have maintained their loyalty to the Gospel, and hopes for them to continue. We must look to ourselves and know what we have and have not done – make the change – and then we will receive a full reward, as he encourages. Truth and love are inseparable from the Gospel, and we are saved by this Gospel.

What he wishes most though is the love that we must share and in unity. He is glad that so many are united in love, and he is trying to be tolerant of the false teachers and false teachings of the day – so he gives us warnings and hopes that we will understand how to identify those who are false. We can also look back at the other tips, which are helpful to identify false teachers and doctrines. He loves those whom he teaches, and hopes that they will always be united!

No fear in love; We Christians are sons of God | 1 John commentary

This first letter of John’s, written between 85-95 A.D., is one of a few letters by the apostle John. Overall, there are no greetings in this book, so it is unclear as to who this letter is addressed – however, we can safely assume he is addressing Christians, nonetheless. John presents a defensive against false teaching. He does this by instructing truth and righteousness.

John begins the letter by talking about the Word of Life being made to manifest eternal life into God’s people. He also explains, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” He first addresses an issue in verse 8, where he says, “if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” He goes on to say, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Next, John declares that Jesus Christ is our advocate, and that we should keep His commandments. That is, we should love one another, but not the world. We should not love the world, because the spirit of the antichrist dwells in the world. John warns the audience of those who deny the Son, Jesus Christ, and for His people to not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

Now, in chapter three, John puts out a couple ways Christians can classify themselves as children. To be children of God, it is important to be saved, as His people are under the “Spirit of adoption,” according to Romans 8:15. Also, in Romans 8:16, it says “the spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” After this, John identifies the children of Satan as those who disobey or transgress the law. It says in verse 8 that those who commit sin are of the devil, since the devil sinned from the beginning. The Father sent the Son to destroy the works of the devil. Now, John speaks again of the children of God and who they are. They are ones who practice righteousness, do not commit sin, and that they love one another.

Next, we learn several valuable things from John. One of them is that if you hate your brother, you’re a murderer – and no murderer has eternal life. In addition, whatever we ask, we shall receive from Him, because of keeping His commandments. We learn in the next chapter that “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Next, John instructs that love be of God, because God is love. If we love on another, God dwells in us. We learn several other things about love. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear” (4:18a). We learn throughout 1 John that God loved us before we loved Him. Also, that it’s because God loved us that we love Him.

In chapter five, John instructs about faith being so important, that the victory we have being born of God, we use to overcome the world by faith. It is because of our faith in Jesus Christ that we overcome the world. John acknowledges the trinity in verse 7 and 8, before stating that we have life through God’s Son. John then declares why he wrote this letter in verse 13, “that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” He then gives his audience assurance that “if we ask anything according to His Will, He heareth us.”

John then gives his final testimonies and instructions. We can be sure that we are of God, and we know the Son of God is come and given us understanding that we are in Him. He testifies in 5:20b, “this is the true God, and eternal life.” His final warning is to “keep yourselves from idols.” A lot of what John was hitting at is that the world is a slave to evil and wickedness, and that we must remain in Him, if we have hopes of surviving spiritually and being children of God.

Lessons and other notes from John

In the opening words, John states certain facts about Christ that are good to know: He is the eternal God who became a real man through incarnation. John mentions that few have seen Him, heard Him, or touched Him. He explains what God is like, as it pertains to His incarnation as Jesus Christ, that He is light, which means He is holy, true, pure, and glorious. Darkness cannot co-exist with light, so there is no darkness in God. People can enjoy fellowship with God, who is perfectly holy in every way!

John mentions it, so people can know God’s majesty (for John experienced it firsthand and just cannot get enough of it – he’s in so much awe that he talks about it a lot), and that people will stop misunderstanding Jesus as a false one and stop misunderstanding God as a hateful, angry God. God is impressing upon people to live good lives, and loves people much. He gives assurance of forgiveness, and John wants them to know that. John is the best one to give us a great example of who God is, which repeats after Jesus – not because Jesus was unsuccessful, it’s just people didn’t accept Christ very well. However, Jesus was intentional on giving us a good picture of who the Father was, what He was like, etc. so people would quit misunderstanding Him. John continued this, and kept proclaiming God’s Love and Kingdom so that people would understand and know that His Holiness can be imputed upon us and give us a new hope and outlook on a life of love.

The anointing that we have received of Him abides in us! The indwelling Spirit confirms the truth of Christ to us – for we know that the Spirit bears witness of Christ (1 John 5:6). Believers will learn then to reject teaching of the deceivers, and know that they have been taught, therefore, they do not need any new (false) teachers to come and give them anymore teaching (albeit false). He teaches us all things and we don’t have a thing to worry about. John is telling us that all that we need to know is in the writings of the past, and that no further things are necessary to teach us. He believes it is sufficient that the Spirit leads us into all truth as it was said to be doing anyway!

The reality and mystery of deity robed in flesh: This is God incarnate as the person of Jesus Christ – to which, we have fellowship and relationship with the Father. We see in 1 John 1:2 this explained, “For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.”

How to test spirits to see if they are of God:

  • Try the spirits whether they are of God
  • Know the Spirit of God. Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God
  • Every spirit that doesn’t confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is NOT of God!
  • He that knows God hears us. He that doesn’t know Him doesn’t hear us

It seems also that there are many evil spirits that attempt to influence us with lies about our faith, and telling us that we aren’t good enough for God. People teach wrongly about Christ, however, we don’t have to worry, because God’s Spirit is in us and will lead us into all truth. God’s People would rather listen to His Truth!

The dividing wall between Jews & Gentiles: The wall of partition has always been the “wall” between Jews and Gentiles – which still ‘seems’ prevalent today. In Christ, however, there is no longer a distinction between Jews and Gentiles, for all who believe are God’s People. All have equal status, and the New Temple is where all of our spirits dwell. It is built around and built into Christ, and therefore, there is no wall to Jesus, even if people define a wall.

What about those false teachers? The false teachers claim that knowledge is all-important, and that behavior doesn’t matter. John, however, contradicts this, point out that sinning breaks God’s Law. If people deliberately sin, they don’t know God, nor do they know Christ who takes away sin. John is not saying that Christians cannot sin; however, they should not sin as they like. There are many failures and mistakes, but sinning habitually should not occur. The behavior of people shows whether they belong to Christ or to the world/evil. You cannot belong to both, because they are opposed to each other. If you are a true Christian, you will have divine power that will fight evil so you don’t sin. Therefore, the admonition given is to stop the sin.

False teachers were everywhere creating problems, and this didn’t help, because people did not feel free to learn. John had to give them plenty of admonition to reject false teachings and know whether the spirits are of God or not. True Christians are self-disciplined (keeping away from sin) and obedient to God’s commands. His way of taking us on a journey to remind us of the love of God through living in the light, knowing the enemies of Christ, living a life of love overall, and the assurance of eternal life helped me a lot to understand the beautiful depth of the Lord’s Love!

Right before execution, Peter warns against false teachers | 2 Peter commentary

Peter constructed his second letter around 67-69 A.D., just before his execution. Peter gives stern warnings about false teachers in the church. Peter encourages believers also that good qualities will help believers avoid false teachings. He writes to them that have obtained precious faith through the righteousness of God and our savior, Jesus Christ.

Peter greets the readers, before talking about the Lord’s divine power given to us all things pertaining unto life and godliness. God has called us to glory and virtue. No additional knowledge or wisdom is needed to complete the sufficient Word of God, especially through salvation in Christ. Being partakers of the divine nature, believers have escaped the corruption of the world through lust. Virtue and knowledge shall also be added to believers’ faith. Therefore, Peter hopes that the calling and election of each believer should be sure, as so to never fall.

Next, Peter writes about the prophecy of Scripture, where he contrasts worldly ideas with God’s Word. God’s messages are free from error; His Word is true and reliable. Writers in the Bible did not write from their own interpretation, ideas, etc. – but it came from the Holy Ghost. Then, Peter talks about false teachers in the church. Teachers and leaders in the church and began to introduce heresies among God’s people. Through covetousness, false teachers commercialize the gospel. They also tell fake stories and other experiences to try to gain extra money from believers.

Peter explains that false teachers have destruction awaiting them. False teachers are described as natural, brute beasts that speak evil of the things they do not understand, and shall perish in corruption. They also receive the reward of unrighteousness and are blemishes. False teachers have eyes full of adultery, cannot cease from sin, who beguile unstable souls, who exercise covetousness, and are cursed children. False teachers, Peter explains, are willingly ignorant. Soon, the Lord will come back in the Day of Judgment, and false teachers will be destroyed by fire.

Peter writes next that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is one day. In addition, that the Lord will keep His promise, so that no one should perish, but instead come to repentance. “The Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” – to which the Heavens pass away, the elements will melt, and the earth and its things will burn up. Peter encourages believers to live holy until that day, and concludes the letter by warning them to be careful and grow in grace.

As much as Peter and Paul disliked heresy, it seems that Peter was just as intent on getting them to stop just as Paul did. What is troubling is that even today, we are still dealing with heresies and other false teachers. Nothing has changed, because people have a common craving and that is money. Where there is a craving for money, there is recklessness in decision-making that leads to these heresies, for example.

People naturally create their own “bible” or “truth” that people are so drawn to, because they have a hunger or need for money and know they can make it if they align with the desires of men instead of the desires of God. It is a common bait-and-switch situation. But, what needs to happen, whether people like it or not, is that Biblical truth needs to be ministered on a truthful, Spirit-led level – so that people can be properly furnished with the Word of God, instead of a false truth that this world system creates. People are sucked into the teaching that they miss important details. These apostles were intent on straightening men back to the truth and making sure they focus on the truth of the Word.

Lessons from Peter and other notes

What he means by “cunningly devised fables” is that he hasn’t been giving them some kind of theory from his own imagination, but that, he himself had an experience of God’s Power through Jesus’ transfiguration, by being an eyewitness of His Majesty.

Precious faith: Peter refers to the faith as “precious” in verse one, which seems to be the thought that this is precious because it’s of great value, for a great price was given that this faith might be ours. This priceless gift comes from the “righteousness” of our God and through His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His Life – in that, we might have this treasure.

Power: The word “power” used in 1:3 is referring to “divine power” – which probably means some form of glory of the divine that is worth of note. He has given all of us this power of Divine Nature, to which, He does so for life and godliness – for He has called us to glory and virtue. He gives for us great and precious promises – we are partakers of the divine nature and we have escaped the corruption that is in the world of lust. We have everything we need to live lives of holiness in a world that is so corrupt of uncontrolled desires, to which, we must be keeping with the life that God has given us, for His Promises are the assurance of Him helping us!

Peter’s list of Christian virtues that he believes Christ taught in his parables and other messages:

  • Diligence: People need to apply determination and effort in their lives, especially in faith, for it will produce goodness.
  • Virtue: This refers to moral excellency, for virtue should be involved in how we minister. The development of good character.
  • Knowledge: We should have knowledge of God’s Will, especially in what we do for Him.
  • Temperance: We should have a form of self-control, and should be able to keep ourselves cool, especially as we minister to another. It’s important to keep ourselves sober, so that we don’t minister negativity from our heart.
  • Patience: There are many difficulties and exercises His People must endure, and should strive them in patience, so that they are not easily discouraged.
  • Godliness: Our internal exercise of the Fruit of the Spirit, expressed in everything that we do.
  • Kindness: Being kind to one another is a great way to be Christlike, just as love can be (see charity). Kindness involves doing nice things for others with delight and for their benefit.
  • Charity: We should be showing love to one another by acknowledging them as beloved by Christ, and making them feel connected in unity through kindness.

The marks of a false teacher:

  • They have no power to hold the flesh in check concerning the untruths they proclaim. (They proclaim things that are contrary to what Jesus taught, or minister in hypocrisy)
  • They secretly and often live in lust, uncleanness, and make excuses for their ungodly behavior. Or they attach God’s name with their evil. People like this seem to always find a way to involve God as a “helper” for influence by using His name to gain. It’s similar to people who commit violence in the name of God, as if God ordained such violence, even though He never does.
  • They despise authority and will not be subject to anyone (Law, government, mate, employer, etc.). These kind of people tend to be very prideful, and seems like they never learn from anyone else but themselves (and wallow in their folly – dung).
  • They are presumptuous. They are self-willed and determined to have their own way (even if against God), so they can gain a higher rank (and pride).

Strange sayings from Peter:

Natural brute beasts: Imitating wild animals that are void of any reason and following their own depraved lustful instincts. Not possessing intelligence and give way to their vicious appetites. Thus, Peter warns and reminds us “total” destruction awaits them.

Receive the reward of unrighteousness: They that count it pleasure to riot in the day time – spots they are and blemishes, who sport themselves with their own deceivings. (For the Lord is coming for a Church that doesn’t have a spot nor blemish.) These teachers of error mingle among the saints with their “spots” and “blemishes” marring and disturbing the fellowship of the Children of God.

Loved the wages of unrighteousness: Balaam, the son of Bosor, loved the wages of unrighteousness, but was rebuked for his iniquity. He forsook the right way and went astray, as many have in the world. They found pleasure to destroy God’s People morally and spiritually, because they desired personal gain (power and wealth, most likely).

Willingly Ignorant: Many people will become willingly ignorant for their own protection. They purposely would act dumb or do things contrary to what’s right, so a certain desire or reaping could be attained. Some people will hear truth, but not adhere to it, because they don’t want to follow it, they want to be rebellious, or they don’t think it’s true (because they don’t trust the speaker or the one who inspired the speaker).

The example of Balaam: He explained the example of Balaam, because like Balaam, false teachers would use and destroy His People, both morally and spiritually, because of their own desires for personal gain. Balaam was a false teacher, because he (falsely) announced God’s approval of the Israelites, and comforted himself with the idea that if Balak killed him, at least he could have “felt” like he did something right. Balaam tried not to see misfortune on Israel, but Balak told him to curse Israel – but since God was on Israel’s side, He defended the Israelites from Egypt. Balak then told Balaam to stop blessing them, and continued to try to get him to curse Israel – but he just kept speaking blessings over Israel as if nothing was wrong. He prophesied a victorious and prosperous time for Israel in the future, to which, never came, however. He failed to give them proper warnings, because he didn’t want to be cursed, and didn’t want the people to hate him.

Connecting thoughts

A good and sharp warning to false teachers is what usual writers would do, and Peter was not much different. He had good warnings to stay away from false teachers and anything that looks like them. Similar to Paul and other disciples, he made sure to mention the false teachers were lurking about, and he wanted to make sure other Christians knew about it, so they weren’t easily deceived.

At the time he was writing, it seemed that Peter was in prison in Rome, most likely in term of potential execution – and Peter was well aware of deceivers, for he had heard of their activities. He wanted to reassure Christians of certain truths and hoped they would remember His goodness. People taught gnostic heresies, and Christians needed to be far away from such so that they didn’t backslide.

Peter illustrated their tendencies and hopes that Christians would know the signs so they could avoid mimicking such liars, and hoped that they would only emulate Christ. If people would “think” they were false teachers, they could encounter even worse unwanted persecution or even judgment. Overall, his ministry was very helpful to me concerning God’s power at work in believers, his warning against false teachers, and his increased significance he placed on Christ’s return, which all provided good fuel for everything us “good teachers” do! We must keep to the faith in every way, and we can do this by growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord!

Jude’s warning against false teachers | Book of Jude

Updated September 3, 2020

Scripture: Jude

Commentary: Jude was encouraging to the Christians in this letter that they were faithful; however, he wanted to warn people of how false teachers (evil teachers) creep in unsuspecting into the church. There are many false teachers and heretics in the church today. Punishment is assured for those who distort or inflate the Gospel of Jesus Christ (especially to make the Gospel give them the freedom to practice immorality.

Don’t be surprised, as this kind of thing is very common in the church today. There are many church leaders who purposely try to make the Gospel fit around their agenda. The most common ways they do this are the following (and be sure to flee if you see any of these signs):

  • Paying the pastor a salary (Jesus speaks against this in John 10:12-13). This is a sign of greed or lack of compassion (why would you want to accept money from the same ones you are feeding when it is God’s Will to provide for them freely the Gospel?)
  • Giving church leaders or teachers a title in front of their name (Jesus warned against this). This is a warning against spiritual leaders in the use of pride or authority.
  • Teaching the prosperity gospel (Paul warned about this in 1 Timothy 6:5, 9-11; Jesus warned His disciples that money is not a target for the godly in Matthew 8:20 – Wouldn’t Jesus have pursued abstract wealth if it were usual for the godly to do so?)
  • Teaching baptismal regeneration (baptism is required for Salvation)(Jesus speaks against it in Acts 1:5).
  • Involvement in Sodomy (God destroyed the works of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18:20-21; See also 2 Peter 2:6-10).

Although this list is not exhaustive, and there are so many more warnings, Jude does not seem to give much more warnings. He feels that it is important to also encourage the Christian. People may belong to a Christian community, or might be called preacher or teacher – but that is no guarantee that they are saved, called, or holy.

God’s People were delivered from Egypt, but the evil ones were destroyed in judgment. Angels have a high status; however, some rebelled and were destroyed. Sodom and Gomorrah may have been great cities; however, their destruction was because of their overall sins (immorality).

How to discover these false teachers? False teachers or ungodly teachers have no understanding of spiritual things, for they just react to physical instincts. They have Cain’s jealousy, Balaam’s greed, and even Korah’s spirit of rebellion against authority. When it comes to fellowship meals, their behavior is outrageous, and they are fruitless: amounting to nothing good.

Enoch’s prophecy told of the assured punishment coming to ungodly people; therefore, if they criticize, flatter, grumble, boast, etc. – they are just doing so that they benefit personally. However, personal benefit from spiritual and Bible teaching are abominable.

Jude wanted to finish by encouraging the Christians of the apostles’ saying that false teachers and heretics were coming to try to mislead the church and people outside the church. Being more sincere in prayer, hating sin, and loving God were all very important to avoid being affected by false teachers.

Jude then praises the Lord with magnificence, noting His Majesty and Authority – which by that power were all Christians saved! God will keep His People safe from destructive corruption, and one day bring Christians into His Heavenly Presence! 🙂

Lessons and other notes from Jude

As far as similarities to 2 Peter, we see that they oppose similar errors, and one may have borrowed from the other – or, they both used the same material that was to deal with false teaching of this time. Many argue that 2 Peter is just an expansion of Jude, or that Jude was written later and was expanded on part of 2 Peter. It is mostly just 2 Peter 2:1-3:3 that resemble Jude 4-16. If 2 Peter were an expansion of Jude, then date Jude was written would be around 65 AD with 2 Peter written just before Peter died. If Jude were taken from 2 Peter, then the date of Jude’s writing would be around 66-67 AD (between the death of Peter and fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD).

To this writer, however, it appears that Jude was written after 2 Peter, for Jude speaks in the present tense through his Epistle as if false teachers are currently present. 2 Peter, though, is referring more into the future as a warning that they will appear more and more even though the beginning of concern is present. Jude 17-18 speak of Apostles of the past.

Ungodly men in verse 11: The false teachers spoken of do not understand spiritual things well. They have Cain’s jealousy, Balaam’s greed, and Korah’s spirit of rebellion against authority. Korah is also “Core.” In following the way of Cain, they followed his manners and fell under his punishment. Cain hated his brother and slew him – they hate their brethren, by their false doctrines/deceits, murder their souls, and stir up persecution. In following after Balaam’s greed, for they were involved in covetousness, to which being excessively addicted – for they did it for the sake of filthy money corrupting the doctrine of Christ. They perished in the gainsaying of Core/Korah, which affected the priesthood, and rose up against Moses and Aaron, but perishing in the attempt. This is just like imitating a rebellion against Christ. They despise dominion and speaking evil – which leads to their destruction.

Contending for the faith: Contending for the faith means to encourage Christians to hold firmly to the truth they have heard and fight against those who want to destroy it. Epaphras was one who worked faithfully and prayerfully. Paul was one who wanted to strive hard at his work. Athletes have strict training, and Christians should do the same in striving for mastery in their work for the faith!

Those who slip in unaware have such characteristics:

  • They don’t control their passions nor their words.
  • They commit immoral sexual acts.
  • They insult both God and Angels.
  • They have no understanding of spiritual things. (They act according to their physical instincts as animals do.)
  • They have Cain’s jealousy.
  • They have Balaam’s greed.
  • They have Korah’s spirit of rebellion against authority.
  • Their behavior at a Christian fellowship meal is a disgrace.

According to verses 14-16 of Jude, they will have God’s punishment, and we should not worry about directly dealing with them. Jude prays that they will be kept from falling and hopes for the best against these false teachers.

Jude could’ve gone on a lot longer in his writing, wherefore, he had much to say and it seemed that the information was so limited. However, this book serves as a last hope to warn people of deceivers before things were to get ugly in the return of Christ, persecution and destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, among other things going on in that day. However, the book also serves as a wonderful reminder to keep ourselves in the love of God, and focus on Jesus Christ.

We are instructed, just as the other teachers helped, to look for deceivers and know their signs. Above that, though, walk in love and humility; focusing on building each other up and moving forward on His desires, not worldly desires. We need to remember the words of Jesus Christ, and the Apostles that followed and hold true to those, instead of gratifying something “new” and “fresh” in today’s societal realm.

We have more to look forward to when we stick to what Christ instructed us in, for He is the hope and glory! He is our excellent Lord, our King, and our wonderful friend that sticks closer than a brother. We shouldn’t let ourselves become astray with deceivers, sinful acts, and other harsh things that damage our relationship with God. We look forward to His glory only and hope for a bright future!

Flee Heresy Whatever You Do! | Galatians 1:6-9

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Commentary: Paul is here attempting to deal with the Galatians in reproof for their instability of the Gospel teachings. This is important to understand these truths, for being well established in the Gospel brings great blessing, but those who teach a false gospel bring curses upon themselves. Think about this right now carefully… If you teach about the efficacious Gospel of Jesus Christ, you are going to be ministering about the marvelous grace that He bestows on each of us that allows us utter enjoyment already: justification, sanctification, peace, pardon, atonement, wisdom, joy, love, strength, comfort, and did we mention grace? Why would somebody want anything more than the marvelous riches from Jesus Christ? Those truly called by grace would not end up in perversion of heretics and false gospel preachers.

There are heretics and false teachers that seek to pervert the Gospel of Jesus Christ by distributing their own ideas about Christ Jesus, such as the following “gospels”: prosperity, new age, permissive grace, social justice, sexual preference, interfaith dialogue, suffer for success, poverty gospel, God is love only, therapeutic, formalist, moralist, socialist, communist, activist, churchless, judgmentless, mimeses, social-club, fraternity/sorority, mystic, quietist, and cults (such as Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Roman & Russian Catholicism). Keep in mind these are all false gospels, as we think in the Church today, since those movements typify what the Bible says about discerning false doctrine, false gospels, false teachers, false prophets, etc. The movement of these things outside of the church that does not involve the church at all is a separate matter (such as fraternity and sorority, or activism can be a different matter).

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Such false teachers and false Bibles, and other heretics would be a very large list that is quite exhaustive. While not necessary to list them here, it is necessary for you to be careful as a believer, especially as you instruct your fellow brethren.

Those who preach unbiblical things are cursed because of their heresy, which means they are to be excommunicated from the Church itself. The message of Jesus Christ is to be Salvation for the nations. We must not let false teachers and heretics in, but we must be aware that they are around to try to reel people in to their influence to siphon life, money, or time from good spiritual people.

Archaeological and historical notes: In 1:8 above, accursed refers to the Greek word “anathema”, which involved a temple dedication ceremony involving a vow to a god, usually a false or heretical doctrine is used as tribute, such as a monetary gain. Eternal curse awaits those who do such things (who are not truly saved by Jesus Christ). Those who are truly saved may expect to receive some form of discipline from God, because those who are teachers are held strictly under God’s Dominion. If you are unaware of the scrutiny that could come resulting from your lack of attention to detail in your teaching or preaching the Gospel, you should avoid teaching and preaching (James 3:1).