A person who has a Christian conversion experience can never afterward lose his way and suffer condemnation – or at least that’s what TV and radio evangelists tell us. But the inspired writer Jude says otherwise.
The number of people going to church or even claiming Christian faith is in sharp decline. Does the church bear any responsibility for this unsettling trend?
One of the most popular religious beliefs in the U.S. is “once saved, always saved.” Anyone who has had any sort of experience with Christ (no matter how shallow or fleeting) is guaranteed an eternal home in heaven. But the dynamic little book of Jude plainly says otherwise (Jude 1:4-7).
Jude intended to write a letter to the church about the salvation all Christians share in. But the Spirit of Christ vetoed his plan. An emergency situation called for a letter of a very different sort (Jude 1:1-4).