Ralph's Daily Devotional - Tuesday, May 1

Jude 1:12-16 gives us further clues into the character of those who infiltrated the church with their false teaching and lifestyle.  "Love feast" refers to the Lord's supper; a term used by early Christians who incorporated along with the sacrament a fellowship meal of celebration.

Jude is adamant that such people are "blemishes" (literally polluting the real meaning of the supper) with their presence.  The term "shepherds" is confusing here since that usually refers to pastors.  Were some of these people actually ministers?  If so, their sinful influence as false teachers could be devastating, and they would certainly warrant the strong language of Jude's condemnation.

To such people he offers no hope or prayers.  Probably their refusing to repent demonstrated their doomed fate.  Yet there is always the hope that one can yet be converted to the truth.  The Enoch Jude quoted from is a 2nd century B.C. non-canonical book forming what we call apocalyptic writing.  Although it was read by many, it was never considered part of the true Bible.

Although Jude may appear as incredibly judgmental by some in his extreme denunciations, we need to remember that Jesus also looked upon these types of false teacher as evil and doomed as well (Matthew 7:21-23).  Such "shepherds" still exist today, teaching people a mix of new age paganism and pseudo-Christianity.

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