Jude 1:3-8 (NLT)
3Dearly loved friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the truth of the Good News. God gave this unchanging truth once for all time to his holy people. 4I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God's forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 5I must remind you--and you know it well--that even though the Lord rescued the whole nation of Israel from Egypt, he later destroyed every one of those who did not remain faithful. 6And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the day of judgment. 7And don't forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with sexual immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and are a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil. 8Yet these false teachers, who claim authority from their dreams, live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at the power of the glorious ones.
In these verses we find Jude writing about false teachers; those who are trying to turn the people away from the Christian beliefs. Jude reminds his dearly loved friends that both man and angel have fallen due to false beliefs. And because there have been those who have chosen to turn away from God; God severely punishment them. He says we must defend the Good News of Salvation that these false teachers try to rewrite with their own authority, scoffing at the power of God.
As news reporters stood outside the theaters of the newly opened movie The Da Vinci Code they were stopping people to ask them how they liked the movie. I had just watched an interview with Ron Howard who said, “Again: This is suppose to be entertainment, its not theology” defending his reason to do the movie. But those who watched the movie seemed to be convinced it was more than fiction. One man said to the reporter, “the movie really makes you stop and think.” Another person said, “It made me question some things.” So if this is fiction, what are these people stopping to think about or what are they questioning? Obviously it had to have created some doubt or confusion about what they have heard about Christianity. Maybe it’s time we defend the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray about how you can spread the Good News and defend His name. Pray that His name may always be upheld. Pray that the world may know the true Christ.