Posted by: missionventureministries | August 30, 2017

PAUL’S WARNINGS FOR THE LAST DAYS – 2 Timothy 3:1-4

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 

Observing people and the youth today, and considering the dark side of their captivation with technology and digital media, we may wonder if we are getting close to the generation Paul describes in these verses. In fact, we must ask – are we already there? 

The growth of technology causing rapid changes in our culture could have been a topic addressed by Jesus thousands of years ago when He spoke to His disciples about signs of the end of the age (Matthew 24:15; Revelation 13:14). In Mark 13:12, He also prophesied about a time when children would rebel against their parents, even to the point of death.

Paul’s message was that God is Sovereign; giving warning to a future generation of the growth of knowledge, science and technology yet to come.

People will be lovers of themselves. Self-love is pride, and is the root of all wickedness. It is a total disregard for God. It is okay to love ourselves as God’s creation, but this scripture is talking about people who love their sinful lifestyles and are actually indulging in self worship, rather that humbly worshiping our Creator and Almighty God. 

Never in history has society been so motivated by self-gratification. This is the generation of “what’s in it for me”; be it at work, at church or where ever the opportunity might present itself.

People will be lovers of money.” The refusal to deny self anything has already increased on enormous debt to our society. Christians lament that they ‘can’t afford’ to tithe to the church or give to missions. The reason is that they are lovers of self and money; they buy too many things on credit which they cannot afford.

People will be “boastful, proud, and abusive.” They are self reliant and arrogant; they don’t need anyone and especially don’t need God in their life!

People will be “disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy.” The Lord revealed to Paul a future time when the family unit would fall apart.

Looking far into the future, the apostle Paul wrote about the days when a zombie-like generation would grow up to be self-absorbed, without natural affection and contemptuous of parents. He warned of “terrible times” in the last days. 

The breakdown of family discipline, the ungrateful behavior of spoiled and undisciplined children which inevitably follows and the gross wickedness that inevitably derives from such conditions are characteristic of the current history of our times.

Paul continues with the total breakdown of society: People will be without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

Finally, there will be no rules, no moral absolutes, and no restraints of any kind. Every man does that which is right in his own eyes, and woe to the person who dares to question his “lifestyle choices.”

Paul’s teaching is that the intensification and proliferation of these shall indeed mark the final apostasy.

What should be our response as we read and consider these verses? Realize that our time is short. What we do for Christ must be done now! We cannot sit back and think we have plenty of time. We are living in perilous times. People are bound in sin and we need to teach those who will listen about Jesus before it is too late.

Paul challenges us to be wise and not to be proud and rebellious…but understanding the times…take full advantage and do all we can to bring people to a saving knowledge of Christ. So what can we do?

Looking at the rest of this chapter, Paul admonishes Timothy to live a godly life in the midst of a darkened world. We must be light! We must shine that others might see our good works and glorify God.

Worried parents should be looking into King Solomon’s godly wisdom that teaches them of the influence they have in shaping their children’s lives, especially those still living at home. In these early years parents still have the power to dictate the child’s relationship with technology and how frequently it can and how it should be used.

Remember: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) 

 

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