Jude 1:4, “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 appeals to us in chapter 1:3 to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” I think it’s important to really understand what’s being said here. The word contend in the original Greek literally means to struggle for, or fight. And the faith he’s talking about isn’t a spiritual commodity. He’s not telling us to struggle for our faith in God. The faith he’s talking about is the culmination of all that we believe. It’s the same faith of 1Timothy 6:12 where Paul tells Timothy to “ fight the good fight of THE FAITH.”
Jude tells us that this FAITH was delivered to us once for all. How was this faith delivered? It was delivered to us in the Bible. To sum it all up, he’s telling us to contend or struggle or fight for the preservation of the TRUTH, for God’s WORD.
And who are we fighting? 2Timothy 4:3 says “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” Dave Wilkerson said this: “There is an evil wind blowing into God’s house, deceiving multitudes of God’s chosen people. This perverted gospel seeks to make gods of people. They are told, ‘Your destiny is in the power of your mind. Whatever you can conceive is yours. Speak it into being. Create it by a positive mind set. Success, happiness, perfect health is all yours. If you will only use your mind creatively. Turn your dreams into reality by using mind power.’ Let it be known once and for all, God will not abdicate His lordship to the power of our minds, negative or positive. We are to seek only the mind of Christ, and His mind is not materialistic; it is not focused on success or wealth. Christ’s mind is focused only on the glory of God and obedience to His Word. No other teaching so ignores the Cross and the corruption of the human mind. It bypasses the evil of our ruined Adam nature, and it takes the Christian’s eye off Christ’s gospel of eternal redemption and focuses it on earthly gain. Saints of God, flee from this!”
The men and women who are teachers in the “Word of Faith” movement, are not being straightforward about THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL. Their doctrine is in direct opposition to the TRUTH, and it’s causing many believers to be led astray.
There is much more to Word of Faith doctrine that I haven’t touched on. I also haven’t elaborated fully on the topics that I did mention. I will go through each topic in the future, one by one, to bring to light the many falsehoods being portrayed as biblical truth. I can’t stress enough the enormous reach that this movement has. 2Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Blessing, Matt