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Summary: Part 5 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-V—2Timothy 3:1-9

Attention:

When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk’s hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk said he had some very good news for him.

"Guess what, sir?" the clerk said. "I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit we’ve had so long!"

"Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?" the manager asked.

"That’s the one!"

That’s great!" the manager cried, "I thought we’d never get rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit we’ve ever had!

But tell me. Why is your hand bandaged?"

"Oh," the clerk replied, "after I sold the guy that suit, his seeing-eye dog bit me."

The ugly suit was a producer of a hostile environment for the clerk.

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

Rationale:

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?

Producers of a hostile(antagonistic) environment.

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

‘....it is hard to keep our integrity in the midst of general corruption.’—Matthew Henry(1721)

A hostile(antagonistic) environment is produced by, a distortion of….

1. SELF(:2a)

2. WEALTH(:2b)

3. ACHIEVEMENT/Ability(:2c)

4. VIEW/Pride(:2d)

5. REVERENCE(:2e)

6. AUTHORITY/Respect(:2f)

7. POSITION/Grace(:2g)

8. SEPARATION(:2h)

9. AFFECTION(:3a)

10. RECONCILIATION(:3b)

11. ACCLAIM(:3c)

12. CONTROL(:3d)

13. DIGNITY(:3e)

14. GOODNESS(:3f)

15—A hostile(antagonistic) environment is produced by…

A Distortion of LOYALTY(:4a)

Explanation:(:4a)

:4—“Traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,”

“Traitors/Treacherous/”—prodothv—A betrayer, traitor.

Traitor seeks a way to secretly & deceptively undermine a person they are close to. The closeness makes this devastating to the one(s) being betrayed.

—Judas Iscariot was a traitor. Betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Mk. 14:10-11 “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad, & promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.”....“And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords & clubs, came from the chief priests & the scribes & the elders. Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him & lead Him away safely.” As soon as He had come, immediately he went up to Him & said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” & kissed Him. Then they laid their hands on Him & took Him.”


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