Summary: A message that describes the spiritual, social and sexual confusion in this world and its cause.
"The Crown Prince of Chaos"
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace...
ILL -- "One woman wrote to a national magazine to say that every year, it seemed, her family would get on a highway a few miles out of the city, and her mom would wail, "Oh my goodness! I think I left the iron on." And almost every year they would turn around and go back. But as far as she could recall, not once was the iron ever plugged in. It seems her mom was dominated by the fear that all their earthly possessions would disappear in a fire caused by her forgetfulness. That was a family ritual, she says, until she was about 14 years old. On that occasion they were headed out of Chicago for Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and, sure enough, her mom gasped, "I just know I left the iron on." She says this time her father didn't say a word. He just pulled over onto the shoulder of the road, got out, opened the trunk and handed his wife the iron."
Introduction: Does it seem to you that the whole world is not chaos? Everywhere you look there is conflict, corruption and chaos!
I. We live in a day of Spiritual Confusion
When you reject God's plan for our spiritual life the result is confusion. The Bible tells us that in the end times that there would be great spiritual confusion.
The end of time will be a time of heightened spiritual activity...
a. Characterized by spiritual deception
The times we are living in are filled with spiritual deception. We need to recall that Satan is a deceiver and that this is one of his principle tools to use in this world. Remember that this is the tactic that he used against Eve and it has proven effective ever since. Note also that the end times will introduce the world to the spirit of antichrist.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
b. Characterized by spiritual division
The church has never been more divided than it is today. There is doctrinal division, conflict about worship and music, what church model to use but even worse is the division about the Word of God and what it says or does not say.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
c. Characterized by spiritual declination
The spiritual condition of the church has contributed to this chaotic environment. The church today is much like Laodicean church that was neither hot nor cold but lukewarm.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
II. We live in a day of Social Confusion
When you reject God's plan for the home and family the result is confusion. The essential building block of society is the family. We are witnessing the collapse of our culture and the resulting confusion due to the attacks on the home and family structure. God created the home and family...
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
a. The structure of the home is collapsing
God ordained the basic structure of the home and it was restated by both the Lord Jesus and the Apostle Paul but unfortunately the structure of the home is collapsing. There are several reasons for the structural instability of the home. Certainly divorce has to be considered a major factor. We are told that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. The proliferation of co-habitation which now exceeds married couples must also be factored into this equation. Even more damaging in my opinion is the efforts on the part of our courts and political leaders to redefine what a home is. If you think the recent SCOTUS decision on marriage through to its logical conclusion then a marriage is what you say it is. It can be two or more members of the same sex or it can be bigamous or polygamous where a man takes multiple wives or visa-versa. And I don't mean to trivialize the importance of this issue but in theory you could marry your family pet!