Friday, March 25, 2011

Do you think....?

Do you think that each generation gets more and more disobedient to their parents?
 
Do you think that each generation gets more and more unthankful for their blessings?

Would our culture indicate a worsening of crime with people becoming more and more brutal?

As a society, our we lacking self-control more and more, with the focus on pleasure rather than righteousness?

Do people seemed to have an outward appearance of goodness, yet their actions often contradict?

Has the virtue of humility been completely overcome by the “new virtue” of pride and arrogance?

In your opinion, Is all of this getting progressively worse from year to year?
Paul makes the point in 2Timothy chapter 3 that this is exactly what will happen in the last days, much like the escalation and frequency of birth pangs.

2Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Over and over again in the Word we are commanded to flee from all forms of evil and evil people; but we need to be careful to use The Lords definition for evil, not our own:

1Corinthians 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body
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1Corinthians 10:13-14 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

1Timothy 6:9-11 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

The list given above is not the only thing that will continue to grow worse and worse:

2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Isn't that an interesting statement? Evil men will deceive and “be deceived”. This is the only way I can figure this; some, many or maybe most false teachers deceive people from The Truth without knowing it. I think many of them are really sincere in their belief. Of course you have those that are knowingly deceiving people for selfish gain, but it seems to me that many are teaching a false doctrine out of sincerity....how else is somebody both deceiving and being deceived? If Satan can put it in the heart of Judas to betray Jesus, do you think it is any harder for him to put it in the heart of other men to unknowingly (or knowingly) deceive people with false religions and false teaching?

How do we guard against these wolves in sheep's clothing? After all, if you have been deceived from The Truth deliberately or from a sincere false teacher, you are equally condemned if you die in your sin, so how do we protect ourselves from either one of them? One piece of the puzzle is having a desire to study and meditate on God's Word:

2Timothy 3:14-17 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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