This post is Day 5 in a series of studies about “Jude”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Jude – Day 5
Rarely do understaffed churches ask for any identification, or testimony from another church that these people have been good stewards of the faith, or even that they are believers. Sadly many churches have suffered because they unwittingly allowed the enemy access to their vulnerable members. We cannot be too careful.
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.
It is very easy for the enemy to secretly slip in among church congregations today. Most church groups are happy when new people arrive at their services, and if those people offer, right from the start, to help with anything, then even better! We always need more help with the children, making the coffee, talking to the youth, transport etc…
Rarely do understaffed churches ask for any identification, or testimony from another church that these people have been good stewards of the faith, or even that they are believers. Sadly many churches have suffered because they unwittingly allowed the enemy access to their vulnerable members.
“God tells us to love one another” they will happily proclaim, while planning secretly to seduce some of the prettier members of the youth group. We cannot be too careful.
Others have volunteered to lead small groups without anyone asking what they actually believe, and before they know it, their vulnerable ones are being slowly trapped by New Age teachings.
Church helpers must be sure of their faith in Jesus Christ, and it is the responsibility of the pastoral team to pray and hear the Lord’s opinion on anyone who offers to help in any way. Asking them why they left their last church is a good place to start. If they criticise their last leadership team, they could well be preparing to criticise yours too.
Pray today for the pastoral team in your church, and for each person who helps as a volunteer, whether they clean the pews or lead the youth, or both!
Pray for more volunteers, good ones!