What We Learn From Bad Guys Like Cain

What We Learn From Bad Guys Like 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 outwardly 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:
    What We Learn from Bad Guys - What it means to "Take the Way of Cain"
  • They have outward 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.

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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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