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Scriptures: Jude 17-21, 1 Timothy 4:1-2, 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1, Acts 20:30, 21:32, Romans 8:9, 10:17, 8:26-27, 1 John 2:19, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Corinthians 5:6
For the first 16 verses of his book, Jude details the bleak picture of supposed believers who are in fact, false teachers. Then in verse 17 he turns to the saints. In this message, Dr. Merritt details God's prescription for a healthy Christian. He follows Jude's teaching, sharing some practical ways we can guard ourselves and our churches from the dangers of apostasy.
"If you remember what the apostles said, you won't be surprise, shocked, or stunned when people turn from the faith. So often we tend to get discouraged when we hear of false prophets and those who get off the beaten path of orthodoxy and truth. But, we should not be discouraged. We should be encouraged. The very fact that pseudo-scholars, false professors, and liberal theologians deny the truth of the Bible, simply demonstrates the truth of the Bible." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.