Jude 1:7: as Sodom and Gomorrah and the towns around them indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire in the same way as these, are exhibited as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
Strict judgement is reserved for sexual immorality. God swept on the two towns of Sodom and Gomorrah in destruction because of their inordinate sexual practices. In an eternal testimony of the divine aversion to homosexuality, the fire of God came thundering down on the culprit towns. God did not spare them even with the intercession of Abraham his friend (Genesis 18:18-33). It was that serious.
When the nation of Israel were influenced into sexual relations with the women of Moab, against the word of God (Numbers 25:1-9), they drew a curse upon themselves, and until Phinehas took a javelin and death blow on an Israelite coming into the camp of the Israelite with a Moabite woman while they were all standing before God.
There is nothing inherently wrong with sex, (as there is something inherently wrong with lying) except that it must be in the marriage context. The massive judgement of flood on humanity sometimes after the fall of man was because the sons of God (supernatural beings) had intercourse with the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1-10). That was a line that was crossed, with demining consequences.
The bible talked about angels who left their assigned sphere which are now been reserved in chains for a latter judgment (Jude 1:6), and they will be among the angels which God said that we will judged (1Corinthians 6:3).
A different species of beings, called Nephilims (tyrants), giants emerged from such defiling mixture of seed of the daughter of men and the sons of God. That corresponds with the increase of violence on the earth, and evil seems to be in rapid ascendency. God stepped in to arrest the negative trend in sweeping judgment of the flood.
In the book of Hebrews the bible says that marriage is honourable and the bed undefiled (Hebrews 13:4), but adulterers and warmongers God will judge. God has not changed his mind.
The judgement of flood on the whole world was related to sexual sin of the angelic type, and the judgement of fire on the Sodom was because of sexual sin. There is no greater corruption that sexual corruption, and maybe there is no greater temptation too.
So if there is anything that you need to fortify yourself against, it will be against sexual sin. Once the door of that sin is closed in your life, it is easier for other doors of sin to be closed.
It is all about embracing truth and self-control, which is the key to living above sin (1Corinthians 9:27). There are temptation around but the bible says greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1John 4:4). Realise that though you are in the world you are not of the world, you are a citizen of heaven you are a new creature, made in the image of the son of God who though was tempted on all points yet without sin.
In Christ the bible says that because we are not under the law but under grace, it means we can live free from sin, the same ability Jesus manifested (Romans 6:4). However to make that a reality we need to learn how to yield the members of our body to righteousness and not to sin (Romans 6:13).
Jude does not want the church to be carried away in the doctrine of leaders who tolerate sin in their life as they can influence others in their ways. They tell you it does not matter, when God says that we should be separated to him and not touch anything unclean (2Corinthians 6:17). God is going to arrest the decay on the earth one day and set up a new order. But before then we need to set out to live in a new order of light.
No one will willingly go to the inferno of hell fire. If people knew the truth, they will do something about it.
The portion of everyone born in the flesh is the damnation of fire. There is no other escape route, except you. It is in the devil’s interest to make people ignorant of this.
There are different ways he does it. He can make people feel that they can be good enough or too bad to care; or to give people alternatives to Jesus, or to perpetuate their ignorance of the true spiritual state. We are ignorant to our own peril. We are in imminent danger and the only escape route is Jesus, without whom we are lost. In him, we escape from the devil, from the fiery fire of hell. And that is a big deal.
The “enjoyment” that life offers can serve to prevent us to see the damning end of all men, what our life can be at the end of time. When we are full, we may think that we have it all together and forget God. There is a blindness in the eyes of men against the reality of hell fire for those who do not believe in Jesus (John 3:16).
People think they can be good enough to be accepted by God, which is deception. Others think that God is too good to want any of his children to burn in unquenchable fire for all eternity. That also is deception. The truth is that man has the power of choice, which God respects, and the first man made the choice for us when he decided to take the path of lies.
In Adam all sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), all are reserved/condemned in sin and the consequence which is death, which in other words is separation from God who is life and whatever that means. It means sadness, pain, worms that do not die, and all forms of torment. Since the bible says in the presence of God there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), there is fullness of light, so death means darkness and destruction.
Jesus said when we know the truth we would be set free (John 8:32). Truth is all we need because under the dominion of darkness it is all about lies in all shades of it, in all expressions of it (Colossians 1:13). But God had determined to showcase his truth, his wisdom through the church as the beacon of light to show people the way to be saved from eternal damnation.
- Faith Child – Your sins count before, your works count after (ptl2010.com)
- Jesus is My Savior, not My Religion (authorbrianlknack.wordpress.com)