In the last post of the Jude series we looked at the profile of a false teacher. This week we will look at two verses that explain why false teachers will face judgement at the end of time. Jude 1:14-16 LSB “But Enoch in the seventh generation from Adam, also prophesied about these men, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16
These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of their own benefit.”
This reference to Enoch is not found in Scripture but is a historical record in the book of First Enoch, which is why Jude was able to make reference to it. There are some false books that attempt to cast doubt on the validity of Scripture but First Enoch is not in that category. The historian Josephus also references the book which lends to its credibility.
Sometimes we find ourselves getting upset because evil doers and false teachers get away with things we know they shouldn’t. David answers that frustration in Psalm 37:1-2 LSB “DO not fret because of evil doers, be not envious toward doers of unrighteousness. 2 For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb.” False teachers, and even me and you may get away with things on earth, but Scripture makes it clear, we will all face judgement.
Those who are ungodly and practice ungodly deeds, in ungodly ways will one day face the Judgement of God. They will be judged for what they did and even what they said. Jesus said, in Matthew 12:36, that we would give an account for every idle word we speak. The word idle means worthless and non life giving. This is something we should all seriously consider. The judgement of God is not something we should take lightly.
Who are the ungodly? The Vine’s dictionary says it is “those who are without reverence to God. Not merely irreligious, but acting in contention of God’s demands.” When you live without reverence it is a given that you would also do irreverent deeds, disregarding the commands of God. False teachers love to equate holiness with legalism to give the child of God an out. When we label everything as legalism we can be assured we are acting without reverence, and we will give an account for that. The false teachers condemnation is certain, but you don’t have to follow in their path. You can walk away from false teaching and commit yourself wholly to God.
Just as the Israelites complained against Moses and died in the wilderness, so too is the fate of those who complain against God in every generation. While you may not physically die early, your dreams will die, and you will live a life without purpose. Or you can be like Caleb who wholly followed the Lord. He was as strong at eighty as he was at age forty, and as an old man he took the mountain and possessed his inheritance. Don’t complain about your lot in life, praise God instead. Don’t live after your own desires, that’s what false teachers encourage, but their end is not well, and you do not want to partake of that.
Let these verses serve as a warning to you not to follow a false teacher. Don’t allow their grand stories and flattering words pull you away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember the words of Paul, if we or an angel bring you another gospel other than the one we first delivered, let them be cursed. The fate of the false teacher has been sealed, don’t receive that same fate. Examine your heart, study the Scripture, and hold fast to that which is true.