Summary: People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. - 2 Timothy 3:1 There are many passages in the New Testament that speak of the last days before the second coming of our L ..
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. - 2 Timothy 3:1
There are many passages in the New Testament that speak of the last days before the second coming of our Lord. They speak of times that will be very bad, were Christian leaders will be led astray, the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12) and there will be a general sense of disrespect for authority in God's Church and the family (Matthew 24:10). Many have said that we are in the age of self. Self-centered thinking and ideas are prevailing and as our passage says the love of self will be a mark of the last of days is here. Many who leave seeking God more fervently will in most cases seek after money, larger homes, successful careers, not to give more to God's work but to not be overly righteous (Ecclesiastes 7:16). Thos who follow this way usually end up boastful and self-confident apart of submission to authority of spiritual leaders. Pride and speaking about holy things in a bad manner are common place. Essentially nothing is off limits in an all out questioning of everything that has ever been holy in the Church. The word "abusive" can be better translated speaking evil as it is the greek word blasphēmos where we get the word blasphemy. Blasphemy is simply defined as: "The act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God" (or the things of God). Something that marks the end of the age is people questioning the Church and things of God, not accepting anything as holy, essentially bringing the things of God and God down to their level.
Some people in the pursuit of finding a more apostolic church have gone so far as to repudiate the very Church itself and all its history. In our pursuit of truth and seeing God's Church when we go so far as to question and throw out all traditions and history of the Church, we end up left with nothing and are in a very dangerous place of apostasy itself. Some believers I spoke to treating the Lord's Supper as nothing more then having a meal, no prayer being said or anything else considered. It would have made the holy Apostles and elders of old blush to see how lack of godly fear disciples today can exhibit. Disobedience to all sense of rule is in the very spirit of the age and many are allowing that spirit to cause them to rebel against godly parents and even godly Church authority. It is not strange the next 2 words the Apostle uses are "ungrateful and unholy." For that is what people are left with when they are unthankful for all the godly saints who suffered to promote and establish the testimony of the gospel and Church in our day. May those who are called Disciples in this age see that we flee from such attitudes and seek to guard our mouths from damaging the work of God but making what is holy unholy before the eyes of people.