New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God[a] and our Lord Jesus Christ.5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about[b] by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
In verse 4 Jude introduces the group of people that he wants to talk about. They are people that have crept into the church ‘unnoticed’ and they turn the grace of God into ‘lewdness’ which is sexual immorality. As you read these verses in Jude it is apparent that Jude is talking about this same group of sexual predators all the way through verse 19.
The church has traditionally ignored and even protected these evil offenders, but what does God have to say about them?
In verse 3 He warns that they are a danger to the faith.
In verse 4 He says that they are marked out for condemnation.
In verses 5-11 God compares them to the fallen angels, Sodom and Gomorrah, Cain and Balaam.
In verse 12 God calls this same group of sexual predators ‘spots’ in your love feasts. (The word for ‘spots’ means hidden rocks in the waters) They are a danger to those around them. No one is truly safe around a sexual predator. He also says they are Clouds without water, meaning that they may look like they have something to offer, but they don’t.
In verse 13 He compares them to waves of the sea that foam up their own shame. The filth and scum that is in the sea is cast up by the waves. Even so these offenders are filled with filth and shame because of their evil deeds. God says that they are twice dead and have no fruit. In other words there is no spiritual life in them.
Verse 15 says that God will judge them when He comes.
In verse 16 He says that these people live according to their own lusts and flatter people to gain advantage.
Verse 19 says that they are sensual persons who do not have the Holy Spirit.
So why is it that when God is so clear what He thinks of sexual predators that the church insists on coddling these ungodly people. These offenders are a danger to the faith and to everyone that is near them.