November is the month to “remember.” Remembrance Day….a holiday in Canada? That’s one of the headlines of today’s news. But will we really use the time to remember or simply selfishly “do our own thing” while forgetting those who paid the price for our freedom.
Jude challenges the Christ-followers he knows to remember as well. “But, dear friends, REMEMBER what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
Even the teaching of apostles may be forgotten. Wow! Now that’s encouraging in a strange kind of way….. I wonder how much truth I’ve forgotten, not because the preacher of the day was ill-prepared, but because I didn’t take it to heart. I heard but did not hear. I listened but did not truly take it in.
Since the apostles (Ephesians 2:20) were foundation layers, they provided clear instruction for future generations. The early believers (Acts 2) devoted themselves to the apostles’ doctrine. These Spirit-filled, authenticated leaders gave instruction which shaped the church Christ was and is building.
False teaching which feeds ungodliness should not be surprising. If our hearts are “deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9), we will crave teachers who will convince us that our need isn’t all that desperate, that doing it “my way” is an acceptable way to live and that ungodliness has no consequences.
I thank God for godly pastoral leaders who preach the word in season and out of season, who rebuke, exhort and correct in their preaching and orient their doctrine and life by the infallible standard of God’s word. Please join me in this post-pastor-appreciation month in thanking God for such leaders! Let’s take time to remember so that we won’t be caught off guard by false teachers whose podcasts, pens and prognostications jeopardize a healthy spiritual life!