Heresy, and those who deny Christ. Consider yourself warned (Jude 4)

"For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ." - Jude 4

This verse is pretty much the basis of one of the papers I'm currently writing. There are people out there twisting the truth. Twisting it just enough that if you fall for it it means damnation - which is a big deal. You know about this because you know about the Jehovah's Witness movement. You've heard of of Mormons.

But you may not have recognized the guy who has been coming to your small group and is pressing for such and such a sin to not really be a big deal, and even if it were, Jesus has forgiven him. I think these people sneak in much more frequently than we're aware. Many if not most of them probably have no intention of leading you astray, or even are away they're missing the point. But in the end they may be denying our "Master and Lord, Jesus Christ."

The problem is usually this sort of thing doesn't come to our attention until the person has come and gone and several years later we look back on it and say, "what were we thinking?"

We just need to remember Jude was writing the church. We're the church. We are just as susceptible to heresy now as the church was then. Jude is offering a warning.

Consider yourself warned.