“These people are dangerous reefs …” (Jude 12)
Not too far from Australia and the Great Barrier Reef lie at least five ships at the bottom of the ocean. The reefs that caused these tragedies became known as the Wreck Reefs. They are so dangerous because they are so hard to spot.
Jude was writing to a church plagued by trouble-makers who snuck in the side door.
Part of the problem was that they were spila in the Greek – reefs or rocks hidden just under the surface of the water, unable to be seen, but capable of sinking a ship. These folks talked a good game. They preached grace and acceptance, but carried it to the point of celebrating sin.
Peter uses the same word talking about trouble-makers and their fate: “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done…” (2 Peter 2:13, CSB).
Jude agrees, but he warns us to watch out, because they might just take us out with them! If we follow them in their rebellion and celebration of sin…if we reject the authority of God’s word in our lives, we’re sunk. Paul warned Timothy: “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction… so that… you may fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and have shipwrecked their faith.” (1 Timothy 1:18–19, CSB)
Mixing the world with the Word is dangerous business. Be careful to whom you listen…
Let’s discuss this on Sunday!