Be aware that in these last days there will be many, both inside and outside the church that will be scoffers and mockers of the ways of Jesus. Many will hate you for the good you do, thinking you are better than them. There will be others who have not been taught all the true workings and instructions of the Lord. They may have a head full of the knowledge of God but are devoid of understanding and the Spirit of God.
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. Jude 1:17-19
Some will scoff and jeer because they do not believe nor do they want to believe in who God is and what His servants have been sent to do. Yet others simply do not understand the truth. They have grown up in weak churches that suppressed the Holy Spirit, refused to teach anything that seemed “too spiritual”. Afraid of going too far in one direction they fell back in another.
Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:5-7
But for those who claim Christ and godliness, yet secretly gossip, slander, seek to divide, teardown, or are full of jealousy, you must avoid. They become jealous and envious of the gifts that the Lord has given His servant. Keep your eyes wide open, walking in the Spirit of the Lord, that you will be able to recognize them, and as hard as it may be, you must leave them be.
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. Titus 3:9-11
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34
It is important to note here that you are not at war against people. No matter what they do or say, they are not the main enemy. But you must wage war against the spiritual forces of darkness, the devil, principalities, dominions, powers, and demons with prayer and in the power of the Lord.
You must understand that most people are strongly influenced by all kinds of wicked spirits and act out their commands. To have victory over them and to save those who are tormented by them you must walk in the Spirit, and speak with the power and authority that only comes from the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:12-13
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:20-25