Summary: Paul tells Timothy that at the end of the age men will be "without natural affection."
THE PROPHECY OF PAUL
2ND TIMOTHY 3:3
Intro: Much of the focus in church today is on prophecy, in particular, where we are in the prophetic timetable. Much of the attention is centered on the events and trouble in the Middle East. People today are very interested in what the Old Testament prophets like Daniel, Jeremiah, Joel, Isaiah, and others have to say on the subjects such as the Great Tribulation, the rapture, and the millennial reign. Entire Old Testament books are being scrutinized for information regarding the prophetic timetable. Many look at Jesus’ words in His Mt. Olivet discourse regarding wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes. Certainly this is a passage that is very important to studying prophecy. Obviously the wars and rumors of wars is a very important statement in our study of prophecy. Everywhere we look we see nation rising against nation ands kingdom against kingdom. Worldwide in 1990 there were 16,612 earthquakes recorded, last year there were 25,404. The most well known section of Biblical prophecy is the book of Revelation and its visions, seals, bowls, vials, and beasts. Had I surveyed the audience this morning for your opinion of prophecy, I am sure that many of these prophets and their writing would have been listed as familiar sources of prophecy. I am also pretty sure that one name that would have been left off of the list would have been that of Paul. Paul actually spoke often about the return of Christ in most of his letters. In this letter to Timothy he offers a list of things that will be prevalent before Christ returns, including such things as men being lovers of their selves, coveting, pride, blasphemy, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, traitors, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, and men that have a form of godliness, and denying the power. However, the one that I believe that God would have us focus on is found at the opening of verse three, “without natural affection.” What does this statement mean? It is often defined as homosexuality, but to fully understand being “without natural affection” one must turn to other passages that describe “natural affection.” The Bible tells of many things that are to be the “natural” love of man. Let’s look at a few examples of why I feel that this one statement gives us a good indication of where we are on the prophetic clock.
The most common application of this statement is homosexuality, which is an abomination before God. I know that in our society it is becoming more acceptable by the moment, and Paul warned us that it would in this very passage. Even though it is more acceptable to the world, it is fashionable to come out of the closet, to be open-minded and accepting, while those who oppose this lifestyle are criticized as narrow-minded, old-fashioned, homo-phobic, and so on, God still says it is wrong. Television is filled with homosexual couples portrayed as normal, while anyone who speaks out against it is a bigot. Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Rom 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.