Jude 6-7 / Sexual Immorality (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on November 17, 2012

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This is the third in an series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Jude. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of November 4, 2012. The message deals with sexual immorality within the church. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, plus my sermon notes. Please note that the notes are not a full transcript. To get the entire message, you’ll need to listen to the Audio.

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Jude 6-7

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Jude 6-7 / Sexual Immorality

v.6:
This would seem to suggest sexual sin on the part of angels, who inhabited the bodies of men. (Genesis 6:1-4).

This view; however is not without its critics, and there are many good arguments made.

Scripture never specifically says that angels did this, but circumstantial evidence would certainly suggest so.

Per verse 7, Jude is almost certainly speaking of some sexual sin.

The same connection is made in 2 Peter 2:4-6

Now we know from Matthew 22:30 that angels are apparently sexless creature, since A) they don’t marry, and B) Marriage is the only appropriate Biblical context for sex.

However; as noted, the context here is of some sexual sin. The most likely scenario is that these demons were inhabiting human bodies, and using them to have unholy sexual relations as part of a plan to corrupt the bloodline that would eventually lead to Christ.

As a consequence, God purged the earth of all but Noah and his family, and imprisoned the offending demons, in order to preserve the future bloodline of Christ.

Remember, we were told from the beginning that there would be constant conflict, a war.

Genesis 3:15

Again, in the New Testament, we are told of the nature of this war.

Ephesians 6:12

v.7:
The issue of sexual sin is cemented in this verse, as it is explicitly stated.

Any student of the Bible would be familiar with the events of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapter 19.

It is most well known as a hotbed of homosexual activity, but its pretty clear that sexual immorality of every type was rampant.

Of course, Jude’s letter is about false teachers, and the issue of sex is easy prey for them.

This is something that, like it or not, has found its way into our churches. And while the main context is that of the church, we cannot ignore the impact of culture upon the church.

Our culture is inundated with the glorification of sexual sin, from homosexuality to all manners of heterosexual promiscuity. Let’s face it, sex sells, its big business.

TV, movies and the internet all all havens for illicit sexuality.

In many schools, the Bible has been replaced with books like Heather Has Two Mommies. It seems there is no escape.

Our modern church, in an effort to be relevant and reflect society, has been fertile ground for false teachers to introduce these unholy lifestyles into the church.

We haven’t taught sexuality in the beautiful way in which God intended it, and as a consequence, we’ve become more vulnerable.

All that many Christians know of sex, is the perverted worldly view of it.

This has allowed all manner of ungodly practices to enter the church, and the false teachers have exploited it to their own pleasure.

Admittedly, even a Godly, Biblical approach to sexuality is an uncomfortable topic within the church, because society has perverted it to the point that the perverted view is the first thing to come to mind.

Now, gender roles are being erased in the church. Open homosexuals are being ordained as ministers.

Promiscuity is rampant not only in the pews, but in the pulpit.

Sex scandals are common place, and what’s really disturbing, is when we learn that the church has covered up illicit sexual activity within its ranks.

Often, leadership is never held accountable, and sin is allowed to continue until it becomes public.

Make no mistake, God will judge the perversion of His word, and that’s exactly the point that Jude is trying to make.

Romans 1:24-28

The false teachers will receive even stricter judgment

James 3:1

The good news is that mercy triumphs over judgment, and its never too late to repent and receive God’s mercy.

James 2:13

1 John 1:9

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