Perilous Times Shall Come

perilous times

This passage of Scripture sounds exactly like the world we live in doesn’t it.  Not even the New York Times or Wall Street Journal could report the current state of our world affairs any more timely or accurate than this…

2 Timothy 3

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, high-minded, 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. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

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. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works

Many of the prophesies I read in the Bible as a young Christian sounded almost impossible or improbable in my lifetime.  No longer is that true.  Just in the 32 years thay I have been a Christian, I have watched my state and my country turn away from God in massive numbers.  I remember when sexual perversions were rarely heard of.  Today these same perversions are being peddled as “alternate lifestyles” and our leaders and icons openly live lives bound up in sexual immorality, from the State House to the White House.

Even our churches are not immune.  Too many of today’s churches no longer preach the “whole council of God.”  Many pulpits have been replaced with stages.  Instead of hearing the Gospel preached, churchgoers are entertained by high tech imagery and sound, followed by a “pastor” sharing a bible story and the whole service “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

Bands of male and female prostitutes follow our leaders around and peddle their “wares” to pastors, politicians, sports icons and anyone they can seduce.  Pornography is readily accessible to school age kids on the internet, and young and old, male and female are addicts to online porn.  Drug dealers ensnare millions every day snaring even the very elect.  When I was a child, rarely did I see or smell alcohol, except when my alcoholic uncle would stagger by our home for a visit.  Beer joints of old are now called bars and liquor is sold in most “fine restaurants.”  All of these are symptoms of men and women being “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

As a young boy in school, I read about the people living in Communist and Fascist countries.  I wondered how these people could be so blind to allow such governments to enslave them under Socialism.  The teacher explained that these Governments used propaganda to deceive them.  I wondered why these people would fall such foolishness.  I was thankful to live in America.  Today, looking at our Socialist President and Congress and how our freedoms are being stolen away, I realize America is as much propagandized as the Soviets or the Chinese ever were.  Indeed, perilous times are upon us.