Beware the Judas Kiss

By Patrick Hawthorne

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“Of all the devils in the world, I hate a roaring devil least, but a flattering devil is the worst devil that ever a man meets! When the world pretends to love, understand that it now hates you more cordially than ever and is carefully baiting its trap to catch you and ruin you! Beware of the Judas kiss with which the Christ was betrayed and with which you will be betrayed unless you are well upon your guard. In the world and from the world you will have tribulation!”—1887, Charles Spurgeon

Beware the Judas kiss!  Day by day we are seeing a departing of faith by those who have been baited by the cordiality of the world.  Being no more than ticklish ears in search of a home free of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, they seek to exchange the glory of God for a golden calf; they have forgotten their Savior. (Psalms 106:20).

Professing themselves wise, they have surely become fools.  Adulterers and adulteresses, do they not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? (James 4:4).  Yet, they continue to seek the approval of man while undermining the power and the presence of Almighty God whom they claim to cherish.  Seeking to conform to the moral standards set by the world, they cast aside the unyielding commands of the Father as set forth by Christ Jesus.  The snare has found its prey.  Death and destruction smile in glee; the pretense of the world has claimed another victim.

Who are they?  “They” are potentially you or me.  They are those of the Body of Jesus Christ who are not well upon their guard and have fallen prey to the flattery of the world. They are those of us who have fallen silent upon our beds of sleep, oblivious to a world fallen into a state of moral decay.  They are those of us who worship at the altar of “Stuff,” while ignoring the needy.

Stand tall upon your wall.  Watch, seek, and pray without ceasing lest you too fall into temptation.  Be as the wise and build your foundation upon the immovable rock of Jesus.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Let not the cares of this world find anything in you.  Be blessed.

 

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5 comments on “Beware the Judas Kiss
  1. Donald John says:

    Ahh you refer to the serpentine tongue with his flattering lies…

    Once the lion & serpent don’t work he comes as the false angel of light. This is who deceived Mohammad.

    The Lake Of Fire is-a-brewing right now hotter than hell. Woe unto you Judas it would be better for you to never be born.

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  2. anitvan says:

    “Stand tall upon your wall.  Watch, seek, and pray without ceasing lest you too fall into temptation.  Be as the wise and build your foundation upon the immovable rock of Jesus.  Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Let not the cares of this world find anything in you.  Be blessed.”

    Also, repent and receive forgiveness.

    This is something we ALL do, to one extent or another. (And if we don’t see it in ourselves, we ain’t lookin hard enough!)

    In repentance, the power of the Holy Spirit is active within us (for repentance is His work, not ours) a sign that the Spirit has convicted us and compels us to confess it before the Lord and receive forgiveness. And the Spirit continues to work in us, reminding us of our weakness (conforming to the world) and our continued reliance upon Him for strength as we struggle with it. We develop an awareness of all the ways in which we are falling short; we are convicted…and we run back to the Cross for forgiveness.

    Rinse and repeat.

    That sounds a little crass I guess, makes it sound like a never-ending cycle with no end in sight. And maybe a bit like there is no expectation of “improvement”, evidence that the internal conviction is bearing the fruit of repentance.

    That’s not exactly what I mean…I’m just not sure that lack of improvement equals lack of evidence of a true internal conviction.

    I do know that the older I get, despite the fact that yes, God has wrought some improvement in me, I have to acknowledge that I don’t see LESS sin in me, I actually have become much more aware of how much sinfulness resides in me! The deeper I go, the more I find. The point is, I’m not sure it’s a reliable way of knowing for sure.

    But we do know for sure that conviction that produces repentance IS evidence of being Spirit-led, which in turn strengthens our conviction to live an upright and Godly life. That is a promise that we have in Scripture that we may trust and cling to; though we may not see it, He is active and working within us.

    Want to Beware the Judas Kiss? Repent man! Repent it, because in doing so, God promises that His gift of the Spirit is working on you!

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  3. Hi Anita. Good to hear from you. I totally agree with you on the repentance. The problem comes when we harden our hearts and justify our sins. Eventually we can get to the point where we tune out the Holy Spirit.

    You wrote…”I do know that the older I get, despite the fact that yes, God has wrought some improvement in me, I have to acknowledge that I don’t see LESS sin in me, I actually have become much more aware of how much sinfulness resides in me! The deeper I go, the more I find. The point is, I’m not sure it’s a reliable way of knowing for sure.”

    Those words illustrate my favorite two verses in the Bible. “For by grace of God that brings salvation (Jesus) has appeared to all men TEACHING us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sober, righteous, and Godly in the present age.” Titus 2:11-12.

    Notice that grace is an on going teaching process. The fact that you KNOW you have sin in your life and the fact that you ARE more aware of your sinful nature MEANS that you are learning the lesson that you are supposed to be learning. Therefore, take joy that you are on the right track. 🙂 To that I would have to say, “Good Job!”

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  4. Terri Nida says:

    Patrick – wow! So well written and so convicting. easy to lose focus on God and refocus on the “princes” in this world, or the lure of material things, or the false promises of power and prestige. I find for myself, it happens so fast, in the blink of an eye, before I even realize I’m standing on slippery ground. Thanks for the reminder. Hope you’re doing well.

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