Turning the Grace of our God into Lasciviousness
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.
The book of Jude is only one short chapter in length, yet for this generation it is packed with prophecy unveiled. In the above passage let me focus for a moment on the word 'lasciviousness'. The root word in Greek is aselgeia (G766) which according to Strong's lexicon is also synonymous with licentiousness.
LICEN'TIOUSNESS, n. Excessive indulgence of liberty; contempt of the just restraints of law, morality and decorum. The licentiousness of authors is justly condemned; the licentiousness of the press is punishable by law.
Picking this verse further apart, who are these men, and where have they crept in? They are ungodly men who have crept into the churches, the tares amongst the wheat. The main accusation against them? 'Turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness'.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ
hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Liberty is a powerful word. Scripture tells us of the liberty we have in Christ, but is this the liberty to sin at will to our heart's content? No, that is licentiousness. The liberty we have in Christ is from bondage of performing the works of the law, not to sin with wonton abandonment. The statue of Liberty is more aptly called the 'statue of licentiousness' because that is the type of liberty that goddess, the Great Whore, represents. So in a very real sense these men who have snuck into the churches have caused men to worship the Great Whore.
Now God's grace is a miraculous thing, but these men turn it into lasciviousness. How? By turning it into a license to sin. The root word of licentiousness is license, see? And for the eternal security believing fool who robs God of His ability to put them into Hell for their lasciviousness (licentiousness) God has a message. Let's go to the very next verses:
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. 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. Even as Sodom and
Gomorrah, 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.
Think you're 'Once Saved, Always Saved'? There are many in Hell today who just like the rich man of Luke 16:19-31 (KJV) would stand up and vehemently disagree, if only God would allow them to. Who are they? Let's see, there are those God saved from Egypt who thought they were past the point of being cast into Hell once Pharaoh released them. Three thousand years in Hell thus far, and eternity has not even begun for them yet.
Oh, the difference between you and them is that you believe and they didn't? Nope. To say you are a believer you must believe all of scripture, not just a few verses that strike your fancy. Anyone who truly believes has read the bible for themselves, have you? How can you say you believe a book you haven't fully read? If you believe in eternal security you have put your faith in a false christ, because the true Christ made it quite clear that we may choose to 'fall away' at any time (Luke 8:13, Hebrews 6:6 KJV).
The next example we are given are the angels who left their first estate. Are you smarter than an angel? Finally we have the example of Sodom and Gomorrah. Are you one of those Christians that think because God hasn't stricken them dead yet they must be on the right path?
The proper attitude toward God's grace is a profound sense of our perpetual unworthiness to receive it. After all, that is what grace is, unmerited favor. We never become deserving of it; that is what Paul had in mind when he declared 'what a wretched man I am!' (Romans 7:24 KJV) and why the publican beat upon his breast in grief (Luke 18:9-14 KJV). Let me make this plain and simple. Lasciviousness (licentiousness) cannot set in the heart of a Christian who is aware of their perpetual unworthiness. When we sin our conscience is immediately pricked by the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
But eternal security leads us into a false sense of… security. It leads to lightly regarding our sins, which in turn leads to not bothering to confess them. Repentance is not a one-time event when we got 'saved' but a daily, sometimes even hourly occurrence. We try not to sin, but when we stumble we are constantly reminded we are sinners, and that is exactly how God wants it.
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