That Nosy Jude! How Dare Him!
Read the book of Jude
Jude is a very short book of the bible. It contains only one chapter. One would think that in that short passage, surely there would be nothing in it which declared homosexual behaviors to be sinful. Yeah, one would think that. Let’s take a look at it and see what we find.
Jude 1:4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Well, that’s not too bad. Sure, immorality is sin; we all know that. But what is immorality? We don’t know what is included in its definition. Maybe homosexual acts are not included. Plus, I haven’t denied Jesus Christ. So I’m okay.
Jude 1:7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. 8 In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies……..
Well, that didn’t take long. Jude had to get nosy and get into our faces by the seventh verse. Although there are some who explain away the same-sex actions of the men of Sodom as “misusing their same-sex desires,” the message of Sodom and Gomorrah is actually undeniable. Same-sex actions were then and continue to be unacceptable in God’s plan for mankind. It is described by Jude as “polluting their own bodies.” I can assure you I was doing that when I engaged in those actions.
Jude 1:10 Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them.
Jude mentions that the things we understand are instinctive things. What are some of our instinctive behaviors? We can probably be sure that one of them is sexual desires. After all, “unreasoning animals” as mentioned in verse 10 instinctively engage in sexual acts. Also, they are not discerning about whom to have sex with. Jude reminds us that those actions will destroy us. They have no eternal effect on animals, but they certainly do for men and women.
Jude 1:14 …………. “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Let’s see, we do have to wonder what we can say are ‘ungodly acts.’ There seems to be a theme developing here, a thread which weaves in and out of sexual behaviors. The writer’s words allude to the idea that immorality, polluting our own bodies, and sexual perversion are ungodly acts done in an ungodly way.
Jude 1:16 These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. 17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
Obviously, Jude is speaking of men who do whatever they wish to do. Twice he states it as, “they follow their own evil desires.” We do not have to wonder which of our desires are evil and which are not. It is also significant that he mentions the phrase, ‘natural instincts.’ We are not free to follow our natural instincts. We are to follow God’s word; His commands, warnings – they often are different than our natural instincts.
Jude 1:22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
I think Jude found just about every way possible to describe our sexual sins. In this verse, he describes them as “corrupted flesh.” That too is a reference to our humanly desires – things we have come to believe are natural and normal. Jude was very clear: our nature is contrary to God’s will. It has been since the Fall, when Adam and Eve allowed our enemy to misconstrue and twist our natural desires in opposition to God’s plan.
Prayer: Well, Lord, You have made this issue very clear. Forgive us when we attempt to justify our ungodly behaviors.