Jude lived during a time when Christianity was under severe
political attack from Rome much like today. There were
aggressive spiritual attacks that came from Gnostic-like
apostates. They professed to be Christians but claimed to
have additional knowledge superior to what the Apostles
taught. This knowledge included the denial that Jesus Christ
was God. Other attacks came from the Libertines, who
rejected the Scriptures and lived as freethinkers, one without
moral principles or a sense of responsibility in sexual matters.
These apostates had inﬁltrated the church with false doctrine.
Jude is the only book in the Bible that is totally dedicated to
confronting this “apostasy” that denies the true biblical faith.
Jude wrote to condemn these apostates and urged the
believers to contend for the faith. He vividly describes the
apostates in terms of their character and immoral activities.
Today, see Jude's exhortation that you must
care about the truth. Then look at Jude's appeal that we
would be aware of the continuing threat against the truth
that comes…not only from the outside, but from within the
Church. Lets open God’s Word to begin our study!