There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves…. having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
If society is equipped and touched with the Scriptures, a widespread elevation in living and behaviour can be expected. But what if the truth is denied and neglected? “Take away the alarmed conscience,” wrote Soren Kierkegaard, “and you may close the churches and turn them into dancing halls.” A certain pattern seems to surface in this catalogue of evils, here in 2 Timothy chapter 3, verses 1-5:
1. The ‘Me First’ Society. ‘Lovers of themselves…’
2. Unbridled materialism. ‘Lovers of money…’
3. Grossness of outlook and of appetite. ‘Unforgiving… slanderous… without self-control…. brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited…’
4. Disintegration of families. ‘Boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love…’
5. Pleasure-mad living. ‘Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.’
6. Counterfeit religion. ‘Having a form of godliness but denying its power….’
At certain times in history, the slide is arrested by the renewed preaching of the good news of Christ, and great spiritual revivals can result. But no company of Christian believers can afford to live on the spiritual capital of past great days. The same battles are going to have to be won all over again in each successive generation; we can take nothing for granted!
Ask yourself today, What can I personally do – more than I am doing at present – to win my friends and colleagues back from the denials of Truth so prevalent today?