Once, these ones were saved, blessed, and to some extent, Godly.
Yet, now they are apostates and under a ‘curse’.
"These be they, who separate themselves,
sensual, having not the Spirit."
Jude herein tells us that apostates are they who ‘separate themselves, sensual, and having not the Spirit.’ This means they willingly have chosen to separate from the godly. They may come to church, but remain separate, usually by claiming a special holiness or knowledge that makes them different from others.
The word ‘separate is ‘apodiorizo’ in the original Greek. It means to ‘disjoin, by a boundary, forming of a party, or sect’. The apostates become divisive. The apostates all claim that those not apostate are divisive, but it is only to hide their divisiveness. It is like the old story of two boys fighting, and then stopped by their mother. The one boy explained, ‘It all started when he hit me back.’ Those who come to church, but are divisive when there, seek others to agree with them that their ideas and doctrines are superior, and that everyone else is contrary to God. The division continues, and attempts to reconcile everyone to the Word, are met with challenges to the Word, attacks on those speaking the Word, and claims that everyone else in the parade is out of step but them.
This word is the Greek word ‘pauchikos", and this refers to the sensitivity of the carnal, fleshly nature.’ It is that easily aroused fleshly, carnal traits that are in control of the apostates. They are depraved, and ‘corrupt themselves’ (vs 10). Apostasy and depravity are linked. Those who choose to leave the faith, to apostatize from the faith, are opened to the temptations of the flesh. Sexual thoughts, deeds become more and more dominant in their lives. The conscience is too dead to hold onto morals.
‘Not having the Spirit’
This means they are ‘none of His’, for to not have the Spirit is to not have the Lord, for the Spirit brings conviction, leads one to Christ. The apostates are unsaved, backslidden to the extreme, and are the ones that Timothy describes as ‘depart from the faith.’ (I Tim. 4:1). The apostates are not saved, not blessed by God, not right with God, but have ‘crucified the Son of God afresh’ in their own lives.
The apostates refuse truth, ridicule truth, replace truth, protest the truth, pervert the truth, and prostitute the truth. They are in direct opposition to the truth, and come into conflict with all who will not compromise the truth, or deny the truth with them. The prophets of God are attacked for the truth they proclaim. The children of God will be shunned, pushed out, for the truth that is in their hearts will be an offense to the apostate.
We cannot ignore apostasy. The apathy is not possible, for the apostate will be vehemently opposed to any real progress in the church and in revival. We cannot condone apostasy. It is incompatible with the faith. It is in direct opposition with the true Word of God. We will never be found to be accepting and practicing apostasy, for its very nature requires discharge from salvation.
THE APOSTATE IS ON SHAKY GROUND
Korah and some others were not only on shaky ground, but the earth actually swallowed them. God does not do that to all apostates, but it does demonstrate God’s anger at apostasy. If God had the earth swallow every apostate, the earth would soon be filled. One preacher said, ‘If God struck every liar dead, as He did Ananias and Sapphira, where would I be?’ He paused a moment, thinking, and then answered himself. ‘I’d be preaching to an empty church.’