You will be confessing and forsaking evil thoughts that do not please God. Paul here describes in detail the kind of evil men who instigate such opposition against the church. To say that we are unholy in our society today is a gross understatement. Before you get involved in anything, ask yourself is this sound by Bible standards?
People have only the most superficial knowledge of the Scriptures. I could go on and on. What does this mean?
I can only briefly touch on these, but notice that all of these terrible sins stem from the love of self and they violate the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. That kind of ignorance results in immorality, not so much the blatant, open, sexual type although that is increasing in the churchbut much worse, an inner hardening of the spirit, a manifestation of totally godless attitudes.
That, Peter said, was beginning to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, almost 2, years ago. God calls it an abominable sin. But Paul says 3: Satan works overtime to destroy Christian homes, because that is where children should see the reality of Christ in the parents and their relationships and where they should come to know Christ and be trained in His ways.
We see some religions today which are actually very sensual in nature. Such Christians use derisive terms for homosexuals, for whoremongers, for prostitutes and pornographers. Some degree of peace and prosperity may return again to the world. A somewhat similar paronomasia occurs in Isaiah 5: As we look back through human history during these last 2, years we can see how true that is.
The first is infiltration. Empty religion will not finally triumph 3: While the Bible commands husbands to provide adequately for the needs of their families 1 Tim. When men do not fear God, they will not regard man.
He goes on in the next section to tell us how to oppose these conditions, what to do in the midst of them, how to live in these times of stress. So these words are not necessarily a prediction of the last days for the church, rather, they are a recognition of the cycle of days like this that will keep coming.
They propagate empty religion by playing on the desire for learning. Out of these times of stress are emerging these new cults -- the Moonies, the Eastern-related cults, metaphysical groups, est, and other mind-manipulative groups.
Philo, quoted by Bishop Ellicott from Wetsteinhas exactly the same contrast: Then there follows a second grouping that centers around family life.
Some are church leaders. Paul says, "Like Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people will oppose the truth. But the whole English nation was so hungry, so empty, so lonely, miserable, and depressed that they began to flock to hear these men.
Many parents do not train their children to be obedient. Those with empty religion are unloving. Find a need and fill it. This flows out of self-love. All this is a manifestation of guilt.Wesley's Notes for 2 Timothy In the last days - The time of the gospel dispensation, commencing at the time of our Lord's death, is peculiarly styled the last days.
Grievous - Troublesome and dangerous. Let's open our Bibles then to 2 Timothy chapter 3 2 Timothy chapter 3.
This is the third message in a series entitled 'Danger in the Church Danger in the Church.' We're looking at. The Dangers of the Last Days. * 1 But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. a 2 People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, b 3 callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, 4 traitors, reckless.
Lesson The Danger of Empty Religion (2 Timothy ) Related Media. Empty religion is a constant danger for us all (). It is easy to fall into this trap of outwardly professing one thing, but inwardly and towards those that know us, living another way.
The Dangers of the Last DaysYou should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money.
They will be boastful and pro. (2 Timothy RSV) In other words, Paul says that the primary cause of these repetitive cycles of stress and danger is the hypocritical lives of Christians who outwardly look pious, religious, committed and devoted, but are actually unchanged inside and have no power to overcome evil in their lives.Download