Text: For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. (Deuteronomy 14:2)
Tweet: The peculiar thing about God’s peculiar people today is that they are no longer peculiar, but indistinguishable from others. They don’t stand out, but fit in.
Text: And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha. (Genesis 10:19)
Tweet: As Sodom and Gomorrah prove, borderline living always leads to crossing the line into licentiousness. Sins once abhorred become accepted the more a person affiliates with a fallen world and alienates himself from a holy God.
Text: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:38-39)
Tweet: Wheres the true faith of saved souls is proven by the perseverance of the saints, false professions of faith by souls doomed to perdition are proven by apostasy— abandoning rather than abiding in one’s Christian confession.
Text: Remember Lot’s wife. (Luke 17:32)
Tweet: Jesus cautioned us to remember Lot’s wife, the epitome of apostasy. By turning away from God’s salvation to turn back toward sinful Sodom, she was turned into a pillar of salt.
Text: Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)
Tweet: Sodom and Gomorrah, like faithless Israel and fallen angels, serve as a forewarning to all who fall prey to the fatal mistake of apostasy. Having deserted God’s truth, they doomed themselves to physical degradation, spiritual reprobation, and eternal damnation.
Text: And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Jude 1:6)
Tweet: As the apostasy of unbelieving Israel doomed them to wilderness graves outside the Promised Land, the apostasy of angels, who deserted Heaven for earth, doomed them to everlasting chains under the outer darkness of Hell.
Text: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
Tweet: The most incredible thing about the miracle of Christmas is not that it is good news to “all people,” as incredible as that is, but that Christ came for “you.”
Text: I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. (Jude 1:5)
Tweet: Disbelief and disobedience in the life of the saved people of God keeps them from all God has for them in this life and can even lead them to premature graves in the wilderness of this world.
Text: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
Tweet: Apostates are fifth columnists in the church, who are predestined to perdition, who promote godlessness by turning God’s grace into a license to sin, and who deny their profession of Jesus as Lord by their persistent disobedience to Him in their lives.
Text: They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.(Nehemiah 4:17-18)
Tweet: To build the work of the Lord one must brandish a weapon—the word of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.