Have you ever heard a Christian rebuking Satan believing they have been given the authority to do so? I have, many times, and each time.. I realize they have not read the Bible or they would know they indeed do NOT have that authority, since there is no scriptural basis for it.
Then, what does the bible have to say about it? Specifically….this passage in Jude Chapter 1, verse : 9 “But even the archangel Michael, when he disputed with the devil over the body of Moses, did not presume to bring a slanderous judgment against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
But wait….in context, it says much more concerning the matter. And so, are Christians who carelessly rebuke Satan aware they are bringing instead an accusation against themselves when they launch into a tirade against Satan? This is to me a scary thing indeed when you read Jude 1 in it’s entirety. Granted, it may be difficult for Christians to think of Satan as being a “glorious being”, but the bible says he is, And further, it says that even Michael the Archangel didn’t “presume” to bring a slanderous accusation against him, so then how is it that Christians believe they can pull this off with impunity? Well, in the context of the entire 1st Chapter of Jude, taken in context, it gives a scathing indictment that these Christians may have fallen into a very unsavory as well as dangerous category, considering the description given of those who dare to do such a thing……”dreamers; rejecting authority; men who have “crept” in unnoticed, ungodly ones designated for condemnation; slanderers of what they do not understand; turning the grace of God into immorality; hidden reefs in your love feasts; shepherding only themselves; clouds without water; irrational animals; shamelessly feasting with you; traveling the path of Cain; rushing headlong into the error of Balaam and fruitless trees in Autumn; wild waves of the sea; twice dead; wandering stars; discontented grumblers; following after their own lusts; their mouths spewing arrogance, flatterers. Did I miss something? I can scarcely think of any more scathing passing of scripture in the entire Bible indicting those who apparently call themselves the Lord’s people, and who mingle with believers as if belonging in the same flock. And how is it that they were able to “creep in unnoticed”. It would seem that someone, (the shepherd perhaps) wasn’t paying attention, Jude says it was necessary for him to write this section, to warn the ekklesia to earnestly contend for the faith. We all must do the same…be alert, be awake, and contend earnestly since there is no discharge in this war.
“Jude 1:3Beloved, although I made every effort to write you about the salvation we share, I felt it necessary to write and urge you to contend earnestly for the faith entrusted once for all to the saints. 4For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed—ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5Although you are fully aware of this, I want to remind you that after Jesus had delivered His people out of the land of Egypt, He destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not stay within their own domain, but abandoned their proper dwelling, He keeps under darkness, in eternal chains for judgment on that great day. 7In like manner, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, who indulged in sexual immorality and pursued strange flesh, are on display as an example of those who sustain the punishment of eternal fire.
8Yet in the same way, these dreamers defile their bodies, reject authority, and slander glorious beings. 9But even the archangel Michael, when he disputed with the devil over the body of Moses, did not presume to bring a slanderous judgment against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”b 10These men, however, slander what they do not understand, and like irrational animals, they will be destroyed by the things they do instinctively. 11Woe to them! They have traveled the path of Cain; they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam; they have perished in Korah’s rebellion.
12These men are the hidden reefs in your love feasts, shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by the wind; fruitless trees in autumn, twice dead after being uprooted. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied about them: “Behold, the Lord is coming with myriads of His holy ones 15to execute judgment on everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of every ungodly act of wickedness and every harsh word spoken against Him by ungodly sinners.”d
16These men are discontented grumblers, following after their own lusts; their mouths spew arrogance; they flatter others for their own advantage.”