Bold Faith: Rooted in Bold Action – Part 2
In this second part of “Bold Faith: Rooted in Bold Action,” we will explore four additional actions the book of Jude proclaims as being both rooted in and displayed through bold action.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 22 & 23
These actions include:
- Verse 22 – “Be merciful to those who doubt”
This phrase conveys the meeting of having compassion on or watching over some who is in doubt providing support and assistance. Some are honest doubters and need help to understand. We continue to love them. No matter how bad a person is, or how misleading and terrible their doctrine, we are not allowed to hate them or be unconcerned for their salvation.
- Verse 23 – “save others by snatching them from the fire”
This is a reference to Zechariah 3:2 – The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” This is a stronger wording of intervention. Sharing the gospel with those who need to hear it but remember, it is God that will do the saving.
- Verse 23 – “to others show mercy, mixed with fear”
The Bible is clear that we are to avoid sin at all costs. This does not mean that we avoid sinful people: rather, as verse 23b says, we show them mercy. Even though their garments are defiled by the flesh (i.e. they are stained by sin), it is our duty to help them. In helping them, we must have a sensible fear of the sin by which they are defiled, and a Godly hatred of their sin. Put in Pauline terms, when helping others out of sin, you must “Be merciful to sinners, but you must fear and hate their sin, lest you be defiled by it.” Galatians 6:1.
- Verse 23 – “Hating even the garment spotted by the flesh”
While we are attempting to pull some out of the fire, we do not adopt their methods or drop down to the level of those who satisfy the flesh.
Jude reminds us that there is a time and a place for the aggressive protection of the truth from those who would seek to tear it down. Fight for and proclaim the truth! Stand up against error! The book of Jude is the very definition of this proclamations.
“THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU ARE TO DO: SPEAK THE TRUTH TO EACH OTHER, AND RENDER TRUE AND SOUND JUDGMENT IN YOUR COURTS; DO NOT PLOT EVIL AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND DO NOT LOVE TO SWEAR FALSELY. I HATE ALL THIS,” DECLARES THE LORD.