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A Word Against Ungodliness

by Robert J. Young
Main and Oklahoma Church, McAlester, Oklahoma
October 10, 2002
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

" convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken...." (Jude 15)

When one word appears four times in one partial sentence, God has my attention! We must read the short epistle of Jude in context. Jude wanted to write of common salvation things, but found it necessary to exhort that his readers contend for the faith. Volumes have been written about contending for the faith. What does Jude say?

Jude warns about godless men who change grace into license, giving an excuse for immorality. Jude warns against godlessness which denies the deity of Jesus as Sovereign and Lord. Such godlessness stands in a long line of wilderness unbelievers, rebellious angelic beings, even Sodom and Gomorrah. The mark of such ungodliness is pollution, antinomianism (literally against law, e.g. rejecting authority), slander, and abusive speech.

God will get such! Judgment is sure. When our actions, methods, and words are ungodly, be certain we ourselves have become unlike God. Does it make us just a little uncomfortable that such ungodliness is characterized by grumbling, fault-finding, evil desires, boasting, and flattery?

Maybe we need to broaden our efforts to contend for the faith. Perhaps we need to speak as clearly about actions, methods, and words as about doctrinal teachings. Jude connects contending for the faith with a clear word against ungodliness! Let us seek to live godly lives.

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