We Are In The Last Days


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2 Timothy 3:1-5
 
“Don’t be naïve. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog eat dog, unbending, slanders, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They will make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they are animals. Stay clear of these people.”
 
I. Society Will Become Turbulent and Difficult
 
Difficult – harsh, dangerous, hard to bear, savage. 
 
II. Our Culture Is Going To Get Worse Before It Gets Better
 
Vs 2 men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers (that means they are abusive; they speak evil), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
 
Self-absorbed – means you cannot control yourself.
 
“But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth.  But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such cannot see: eternal power, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.” ~Romans 1:18-20
 
“they pretended to know it all. They knew deep inside there is a God. They pretended to know how to live but they were illiterate regarding life.”
 
Vs 26 worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon did not know how to be human either – women did not know how to be women, men did not know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men, all lust, no love….Since they did not bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loss, rampant evil, grabbing and backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, wanton killing, backstabbing and killing……they knew perfectly well they are spitting in God’s face. And they do not care – worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best.
 
III. Christianity Is Becoming In The Minority In America
 
Paul said, “With all this going for us, my dear friends, stand your ground, and don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of
 
Time or effort” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58
 
Part 2 of this sermon next Sunday