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Day 55: Secret Men – Part 1

Posted by undergroundchurch on June 17, 2011


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Jude 4 – For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

2 Peter 2:1 – But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

In the first century, the destructive elements brought into the church by “secret men” were based in two things:

  1. They were turning the grace of God into license for immorality, and
  2. They were denying that Jesus Christ is the only way

Fast forward 1900 years.

I hear less from preachers, teachers and “Christian” books dealing with sin and see more and more that try to make people feel better about themselves.  A byproduct of a repentant heart before God recognizes the battle with sin in believers’ lives and does not try to “feel better” about one’s own self.  Repentance says, “I am a dirty rotten sinner in need of a savior.”

There is nothing in us worthy… only Christ. Sin must be purged from our lives.  Immorality is a sin that, as Paul says, “we sin against our own body” (1 Corinthians 6:17).

The more immoral the world around the church becomes, the bigger the separation the church must take from society.  We can be and should be culturally relevant, but we must not become culturally related.

Unfortunately, immorality is prevalent in the church and the lines between the world and the church are becoming increasingly blurred.  It is time to call out sins of immorality and clean up the church before God steps in and does it for us. I can assure you that it is better to repent and resolve that, which we know we must fix rather than wait for God to become intolerant of the sin in his church and  1 Peter 4:17

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

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