Jude: The Forgotten Treasure Mine

I have overlooked the epistle of Jude for too long. Do you remember ever reading this? I don’t:

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. – Jude 5 (ESV)

This is totally cool! The point Jude is making here is that Jesus will judge false teachers who have crept in so he points out that Jesus did that with those who grumbled in the desert after leaving Egypt under Moses. Jude also points out that Jesus likewise imprisoned the fallen angels (Jude 6).

Here is something else I forgot was in there:

just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. – Jude 7 (ESV)

Pro-homosexual Christians claim that Sodom and Gomorrah were judged not for homosexuality but for violating hospitality customs. They had no right to demand Job hand over his guests. How rude! Rude enough for God to overturn them.

Yea. Right. Well the above text ought to blow that interpretation right out of the water. They were judged for sexual immorality, not sexual inhospitality and that immorality was “unnatural desire”. Seems to agree with Paul in Romans 1:26-27. Likewise, Dr. Feinburg pointed out in my ethics class that if anyone had violated hospitality customs, it was Lot! He brought strangers into the city without presenting them to the city elders to prove that they were not spies or terrorists.

This verse also ought to say something to those who believe in annihilationism. The punishment is eternal fire. Likewise verse 13.

It ends in a great doxology too.

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