Cracks in the Church
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I mentioned earlier this week that I am part of a group of guys that gets together every week to talk about things of faith. Recently we have been studying on how to study the bible and decided to apply our learning to the book of Jude. Our first assignment was just to read that short letter in the New Testament every day for a week.
That is it. Just read it. Nothing more. No studies. No commentaries. Just.Read.It.
As I have been reading the book each day, there has been something new that pops out at me. This morning I was reminded that there are cracks in the church in verse 4 of Jude.
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed…
These people that Jude raises the alarm over are not nice people and they are doing things to undermine the Gospel of Christ. Yet, they have ‘sneaked’ into the church. While their actions are somehow slipping the notice of the body of Christ that Jude is writing to, they must be evident to those outside of the church because Jude is aware and is feeling compelled to point it out to them.
That one piece of one verse in that little book makes me want to ask a very big question:
How does a church get to a point where those who teach a false doctrine can slip in unawares?
I have some personal opinions on the matter but I would like to hear from you. How does this happen and how can it be prevented?