CHRISTIANS ARE IN A SPIRITUAL BATTLE
‘Know this, in the last days stressful times will come, for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankfull, unholy, without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof. Turn away from these people … Yes, all who desire to live Godly lives in Jesus will suffer persecution but evil people and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived’ (2 Timothy 3:1 to 13).
These verses are a very accurate description of the situation we find ourselves in today. Fifty years ago, people would line up at the door of a church waiting for the service to start. The streets were safe. Violent crime was extremely rare. Suicide bombers did not exist. From there the human race has degenerated to a world of selfishness, violence and Godlessness. The increasing unbelief in God the Father, Jesus and creation, is causing the degeneration of human character and that in turn causes stress for God-fearing Christians. What is more devastating is the fact Apostle Paul was writing about religious people who ‘had a form of Godliness but denied the power’. They were people who had faith but not necessarily Christian faith. There are many false ‘Christian’ religions in the world and all their adherents have a form of religion but deny the Truth of the Gospel. They are impostors. We are told to turn away from such people. These religious people refuse to obey the Word of God so they can change to be like Jesus, as we are all to aspire to. The people referred to in these passages never learn the Truth. They choose to follow after false prophets, false teachings, false teachers and they turn away from the truth of the Gospel and follow after ‘fables’ or false religions.
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