What We Learn From Bad Guys Like Cain

What We Learn from Bad Guys - What it means to "Take the Way of Cain"
Jude warns us about people infiltrating our churches who "have taken the way of Cain" (Jude 1:4; 1:11).

Cain was an unrepentant faker (Genesis 4:1-15):
  • He was religious, but he had no faith (Hebrews 11:4)
  • He had every opportunity to know God and repent. God spoke to him directly (Genesis 4:6-7).
  • He killed his brother “because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous” (1 John 3:12).
"Cains" among us today do the same:
  • They have "religion," not relationship  (2 Timothy 3:5; Acts 20:30).
  • They deceive themselves by hearing the Word but not living it (James 1:22-25). They may "talk the talk" but they won't "walk the walk."
  • They will work against God's purposes in the church like "weeds among the wheat" (Matthew 13:24-30).
"Cains" exist. Jude warns us to be aware and "contend for the faith" (Jude 1:3). We should test all counsel, advice and teaching against God's Word, even if it comes from someone within the church.

Here are 3 other 1-minute devotions that address different aspects of Cain's actions and attitudes.
A Good Bad Example
The Heart of the Matter
Standing Firm

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