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Summary: THE FAITHFUL MINISTER MUST BE PREPARED TO STAND AGAINST THE INCREASINGLY BLATANT DISPLAY OF DEPRAVITY UNLEASHED BY APOSTATE HYPOCRITES

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THE FAITHFUL MINISTER MUST BE PREPARED TO STAND AGAINST

THE INCREASINGLY BLATANT DISPLAY OF DEPRAVITY UNLEASHED

BY APOSTATE HYPOCRITES

(3:1) INTRODUCTION: WAKEUP CALL = STATEMENT OF THE DANGER LURKING AROUND THE CORNER

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”

cf. 1 Tim. 4:1-3

A. Forewarned is Forearmed – “But realize this”

B. The Future is Now and it is Almost Gone – “in the last days”

C. Ministry is Guaranteed to be a Tough Business – “difficult times will come”

Future tense seems to indicate that although we are already in these last days, times will get especially bad right before the return of Christ.

I. (:2-5A) CATALOG OF CORRUPTION / DESCRIPTION OF DEPRAVITY

A. Their Primary Interests / Motivation / Heart

1. “lovers of self’ = this is fundamental

place themselves first in all things

Example of Christ = did not please Himself – Rom. 15:3

2. “lovers of money” = this follows closely after

Luke 16:14; 1 Tim. 6:10

money and materialism being the means people pursue for self-gratification

3. “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”

Church needs to be careful that it does not buy into this “entertainment” orientation

Towner: “the loving of pleasure is not something that is isolated, it is not an extracurricular activity that can be added to our schedule, apart from taking a

heavy toll in another area.”

B. Their Pride

1. “boastful” – Rom. 1:30 – bragging about themselves

Kent: “Boasters are those swaggering, bragging persons who glory in making a.big display of themselves, whether the realm be in riches (1 Jn 2:16) or in

knowledge (Rev. 3:17).”

2. “arrogant”

James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5 – God is opposed to the haughty

C. Their Rebellion – in Attitudes and Actions and Relationships

1. “revilers” – destructive speech; against both men and especially God

2. “disobedient to parents” – rebellious towards authority figures

Towner – one of the best indicators of rebellion – “for the attitude toward parents was understood as a reflection of a deeper attitude toward God (see Ex

20:12; Deut 21:18-21; 1 Tim 1:9).”

3. “ungrateful” – Luke 6:35; Rom. 1:21

Kent: “no feeling of dependence on the assistance of others”

4. “unholy”

5. “unloving” – without natural affection; cf. growing divorce rate (Kent)

Rom. 1:31

6. “irreconcilable”

not interested in pursuing peace

7. “malicious gossips”

8. “without self-control”

will not have the will power and strength necessary for a life of self-control;

no restraint of their sinful lusts

9. “brutal”

opposite of mild or gentle; untamed and ferocious

10. “haters of good”

11. “treacherous” – betraying confidences

12. “reckless”

13. “conceited” – blinded by pride and conceit

Towner: “… the vice catalog (1 Tim 1:9-10; 6:3-5), functions lke a ‘wanted’ poster, though its intention includes both identification and denunciation. While the caricature may be excessive, it makes absolutely clear the wickedness of the false teachers.”

D. Their Hypocrisy = Powerless Apostates

“holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power”

II. (:5B) CALL TO MARK AND AVOID


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