I’m still watching the news stories of the fallout from the raid on the polygamous compound in TX. The mothers are upset because they’ve been separated from their children, the children are upset that they have been taken from their homes and family, and it seems everyone has strong feelings and opinions about what needs to be done. All of us “good Christians” find it difficult to understand how these people have gone so far off track and ended up in this position. Yet, God’s Word discusses the dangers of false teachings and tells us many times how to protect ourselves from them because as Jude 4 says, “certain men have crept in unnoticed.” Jude continues telling us about these men by stating these men “long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (vs.4)
These are men who profess they are Christians but do not hold to the teachings of Christ. They deny the unique deity of Christ. Does this sound familiar to you who are knowledgeable of some of the teachings of the FLDS? They claim to be Christians yet the men believe they are working towards godhood and are multiplying wives to themselves in order to populate their own planets when they become these gods. It would be better for them to pay close attention to the warning in Jude 4. They are destined for judgment and I can guarantee it will not be in front of Joseph Smith as they teach.
The sin of turning the grace of God into lewdness is specifically mentioned in this verse. How interesting to me to see that the leaders of FLDS spend a great deal of teaching, effort, and time in their polygamous lifestyle, making that a matter of salvation. In order to become a god, a man is required to have at least 3 wives. It’s not as if they are even taking wives who are at least adults. They prefer young teen girls. To develop and maintain a doctrine that comprises the majority of the foundation on which a religion is built which consists of making sex possible for men with as many women as possible all in the name of Christ seems to be the very definition of turning the grace of God into lewdness.
Jude 8 states, “Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.” Jude is describing men like these polygamists who defile their bodies by engaging in the pleasures of the world – who dream and covet the opposite sex – whose thoughts and dreams consist of sexual misbehavior. Their “prophet,” Warren Jeffs, believes he has the authority to decide which men get to go to heaven and the husbands have the authority to decide which wives get to go. What a rejection of Christ’s authority!!! These men also use their dreams and visions to control their followers and secure their loyalty. They would do well to look to the warnings in Jude that, if God did not spare the angels or those in Sodom and Gomorrah, neither will he spare these false teachers.
For the rest of us, Jude 20-25 tells us how to avoid falling into false teachings: “But you, Beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction, but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, amen.”