Those Who Did Not Believe Were Destroyed—Jude 5

UMC Split (a prayer for repentance)

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Should ya find yerself amongst congregants determined ter go the way of the world rather than follow the Way, the Truth, and the Light of Life, consider this prayer of repentance fer you and yer crew.

(Yes, we are all guilty of the rampant apostasy that infects the Body of Christ.)

Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. (Jude 5)

Lord, yer Word reminds me of the time ya delivered yer people out of Egypt. Only befer ya led ’em out, they went through sever trials and testing and had ter gather thar own straw in order ter make bricks. Worse, because of discouragement and the cruel bondage they suffered, a good many did not listen ter yer words or believe ’em. (Exodus 6:9)

As thar be terday among us, so thar whar malcontents among yer people who opposed yer words, calling you a liar. (Exodus: 5:9) Those in charge, the very leaders of yer people, laid this charge against Moses and Aaron and those who spoke yer words: “May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to those around us!” (Exodus 5:21)

But despite thar distrust in yer goodness and love, you led all out of bondage as promised—fer yer words always be true even when we doubt. Only after enjoying the liberty of freedom in a place of safety, some still did not believe yer words. And so because of thar unbelief, doubts, and hard hearts, they whar destroyed. (Jude 5)

Lord, in the mighty name of Jesus, we call fer the destruction and removal of all works and words in our assembly that reflect disbelief in you, yer words, and yer holy character. In the powerful name of Jesus we spare all individuals who be afflicted with doubt and disbelief, but we declare thar works and words ter be burned as if chaff. May it be so. Amen and amen.