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Summary: Part 2 of a 7-part sermon. The Apostle Paul, revealed to Timothy that a hostile(antagonistic) environment will characterize the last days. But why ? A hostile(antagonistic) environment is produced by, a Distortion of….

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PRODUCERS OF A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT-II—2Timothy 3:1-9

Need:

We live in a country of great corporate & personal wealth.

Why do people/things seem to be getting worse with times? Why is the world getting worse/colder/violent? I’m gonna fix this.

Self-protection/Isolation/Anonymity/Introversion/Antisocial/Aloof/Perversions/Indulgence/Alignments/Identification/Worldliness/Self-help

A Distortion of relationships at all & various levels

Isolated/Alone/Separated/Useless/Powerless/Fearful/Inept/Depressed/Devil-may-care

The last days will be characterized by a hostile(antagonistic) environment.

The Apostle Paul, revealed to Timothy that a hostile(antagonistic) environment will characterize the last days.

A hostile(antagonistic) environment will characterize the last days.

Why will hostility/antagonism characterize the last days?

22 producers of a hostile(antagonistic) environment.

“Perilous/Difficult”—calepov—Hard to do, to take, to approach; Hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous.

A hostile(antagonistic) environment is produced by,

a distortion of….

1. Self(:2a)

2. Wealth(:2b)

3. ACHIEVEMENT/Ability(:2c)

4—A hostile environment is produced by…

A Distortion of VIEW/Pride(:2d)

Explanation:(:2d)

:2—“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”

“Proud/Arrogant”—uperhfanov—Showing one’s self above others; An overweening estimate of one’s means or merits, Despising others or even treating them with contempt, haughty. From—uper—Over, beyond, more & —fainw—To bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light; Shine.—‘Shine above/beyond’

*‘One who thinks too highly of himself, describing a trait which is simply internal, not referring primarily to external manifestation, although this is implied. It means one who is proud, the external manifestation when it appears being in the form of arrogance in dealing with others.’

Source of “Boasters” is an internal Pride.

Always stacking the odds in your favor. Tear people down so you will look good.

Argumentation:

Ps. 101:5—“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look & a proud heart, Him I will not endure.”

Prov. 21:24—“A proud & haughty man-- “Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.”

Prov. 8:13—“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride & arrogance & the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”

Prov. 16:18—“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Prov. 29:23—“A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.”

1Jn. 2:15-16—“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, & the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.”

Illustration:

Couple invited to dinner/?Dress code—just dress comfortably/Arrive in jeans, t-shirt & flip flops/Hostess glares at you & she says, ‘I can’t believe you wore that!’/Distortion of VIEW/Pride


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