2 Timothy 3:1-9, 12-15 – “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
Hmm, sound vaguely familiar?
It’s like Paul had the ability to look at a day in the life of Joe Blow citizen in 2016. In truth, the Holy Spirit has that ability and He used it to inspire Paul about what would be going on in today’s world.
If you ever had a question about were the end times really coming and/or are here, well, here is your proof.
It is sad to say, but too many people fit one or all of these depravities. We see it in the news. We hear about it in social media. We see it happening down the street!
People are selling people (and little people at that!) at an alarming rate. Children disappear every day! People are fussing over bathrooms (and rightfully so, I might add). People are demanding “rights” at the expense of everyone else. People are stealing from other people because they think the more wealthy have too much. People are getting something for nothing all the time, well, just because they think they deserve it.
I could go on and on and on and on….you get it. It is bad, people. And the time is drawing nearer and nearer.
I’m not saying we need to be hateful and disrespectful and intolerant. Absolutely not! We need to hate the sin and love the sinner. We are all sinners. And those of us who are a child of God, are sinners saved by grace.
That’s what the world needs more of – grace. Not our grace, but rather the grace of Jesus Christ. We can do nothing to save these people who portray the negative attributes above. No, we can do nothing. Hating them will get us no where. Being intolerant and judgmental will prove nothing. But disagreeing in love and standing up for what is right IN LOVE will show that Christ is King of our life.
Jesus didn’t put up with sin. He called a spade and spade and then offered them a better way. His way. His path. His love.
So, do what you feel the Lord is leading you to do in regards to social issues, boycotts and justice. But whatever you choose to do, do it in love and with respect to everyone involved.
The last days are here, folks. We need to wake up. We need to identify the problem and the present the solution – Jesus Christ.