In Jude’s brief exposition of ungodly people in the church, he evokes three Old Testament characters: Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Cain, we know to be a murderer; Balaam, greedy; and Korah, rebellious.
However, it is simplistic to see them merely as evil men, for they also had an air of godliness to them, seeking God or having a connection to him.
It is astonishing, but each of these men did things that were seemingly right and godly. Despite that, the results of their actions went badly awry. The outcome renders them as emblematic of ungodly people in the church.
As we study what they did, we might find that we may be a lot closer to falling into their errors than we would normally dare to think possible.
Carefully consider then, the lives of Cain, Balaam, and Korah.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.