Godlessness in the Last Days
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth." – 2 Timothy 3:1-7
Wow, that's quite a mouthful. And I hate to say it, but I can come up with examples for most of those godless traits in the world today.
I have no doubt that such evil existed back in Paul's day, but I feel like it's more visible today thanks to social media.
Instead of being godless like the world, we should be wise to study Timothy's example:
"You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings... yet from them all the Lord rescued me." – 2 Timothy 3:10-11
Study the Bible's teachings, and draw closer to Jesus, who is our Lord and Savior.
Yes, we will be persecuted by the world, which should not be surprising:
"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived." – 2 Timothy 3:12-13
But it's most certainly worth it. Otherwise, following Jesus would be a huge waste of time and you're better off without it all.
No in-betweens. No lukewarms. Only all-ins. It's all-or-nothing.
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