Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Need the ministers of the Lord tarry for the last period preceding the return of Messiah for judgment--when a still more awful iniquity shall reign--for examples of these short-sighted mortals?
Can you imagine an evening news program that only ran the good news? The economy seems to be doing fine. No politicians were indicted for corruption today. Crime is down, and families gathered for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanks for joining us on the evening news! Sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring reality is not a helpful way to solve problems or to face the future. So as pessimistic as it may be, we need to know the problems that we are up against so that they will not hit us broadside to discourage and disorient us.
In our text, Paul gives Timothy and us a dose of reality about the times in which we live.
Paul here describes in detail the kind of evil men who instigate such opposition against the church. As you read through this long list of evil characteristics, you probably think of the godless enemies of the faith that never darken the door of a church.
Some are church leaders. They teach Bible studies. But their religion is just an empty shell. They lack the reality of a genuine walk with God, who looks on the heart.
They talk a good line, they put on a good front, but in their motives, their thought lives, and their personal relationships, they are not godly people. He was a real scoundrel! Could I be drifting into holding to a form of godliness, but be denying its power to transform my heart?
He makes four points: Empty religion is a constant danger for us all 3: 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 reason that unbeliever often complain about all the hypocrites in the church is that there are a lot of hypocrites in the church! Paul says three things about this kind of empty religion: Empty religion means having the form without the power.
These men claimed to be Christians! The more completely a professing Christian has lost his hold of the substance and is clinging only to the form, the less does he suspect that this indictment has any application to him….
You will be confessing and forsaking evil thoughts that do not please God. You will be examining your life with regard to the evil characteristics that Paul lists here, turning from them in thought, word, and deed.
Those that are closest to you should observe the reality of the lordship of Christ in your daily life. The root problem of empty religion is misplaced affections. It is significant that the first two and the last item in the list talk about love that is wrongly directed: Those with empty religion are lovers of self.
This leads the list and is really the root cause of everything else on the list. So you need to develop proper self-love or self-esteem. It came into the church in the past forty years from the teaching of godless men like Carl Rogers and Eric Fromm.2 Timothy Worksheet The Dangers of the Last Days (Ch 3) You should know this, Timothy that in the last days there will be very difficult times.
2 For people will love only themselves and their money. When every man is eager for what he can get, and anxious to keep what he has, this makes men dangerous to one another.
When men do not fear God, they will not regard man. When children are disobedient to their parents, that makes the times perilous. NT Letters: 2 Timothy Traitors headstrong conceited lovers of pleasure rather (2 Tim.
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. Well let's open our Bibles, this morning, to 2 Timothy chapter 3.
In 2 Timothy chapter 3 we come again to verses 1 through 9. We're only this morning going to go through verse 4, but that's better th.
2 Timothy New Living Translation (NLT) The Dangers of the Last Days 3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money.
2 Timothy New Living Translation (NLT) The Dangers of the Last Days. 3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money.
They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.