Here's some timeless truths for perilous time let us begin by examining Paul's charge to Timothy:
1.Endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry
2 preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
2.The Days of Apostasy (2 Timothy 3:1-17)
Apostasy is the “falling away (2 Thessalonians 2:3) the deliberate act of confessed Christians, that turn away from doctrinal truth.” Apostasy differs, from mere error concerning revealed truth, that may be the result of ignorance or heresy. (2 Timothy 2: 25-26).
Paul continues; “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…they will turn their ears from truth…”( 2 Timothy 4: 3-4) All who are Apostates await the judgment of God.” ( Jude 4, 8, 11-13,16).
Apostasy in the Church emphasizes the urgency for teaching the timeless truths for perilous times
Perilous conditions in the world and the worlds Church's apostate condition should be held responsible for the existing in the world. True we live in unparalleled times of violence, desperation, times of rebellion and tumult. Reminiscent of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus Christ, speaking to his disciples spoke of wars and rumors of wars and that this, was only the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:6-8). Paul, outlines the characteristics of the apostate church in 2 Timothy 3:2-7.
3. “Men shall be lovers of themselves, proud,disobedient to parents… without natural affections, truce breakers”… (2 Timothy 3: 2,3)
Elder abuse has become the norm of society:A recent study conducted in Portugal of the elderly reflects the problem and can be compared to the conditions here in America.The statistics are alarming! Neglect was the most frequent type of maltreatment (48.7%), followed by emotional/psychological abuse (35.5%), financial abuse (30.2%) and finally the physical abuse.The perpetrators are children (mentioned in 47.7% of the reported incidents), followed by spouses (19.3%), other relatives (8.8%) and grandchildren with 8.6%. In almost 90% of incidents of abuse and neglect, the perpetrator was a family member, and two-thirds of these were children and spouses.Victims of self-neglect are usually depressed, confused or extremely fragile which leads to violence. Patients who have been abused or neglected are more likely to be diagnosed with depression (62%) and dementia (51%).
While the violence and abuse of our elderly citizens has led to the destruction of the social, moral order lays it the feet of all of us, the change in status and treatment of the elderly, its roots lie firmly in sin. It's the sin of “apostasy” that has crept into the Church. Thus “God's Judgement has already begun!” (1 Peter 4:17)
4.”Without natural affection truce breakers”: (2 Timothy 3:3)
” Trucebreakers ” (it is one word in the King James) other translation may not agree but the original is not talking about general untrustworthy but specific untrustworthy as in being a breaker of a covenant one has made with another as in a marriage vow for an example.
5. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God:Having a form of godliness but denying the power there of from such turn away:(2 Timothy 3:4,5)
God must have primanance! the person who thinks he can pursue his own pleasures, follow his own desires, is not in the will of God. and must examine himself to see if he be in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
there is hope for the believer in Jesus Christ!
“Alas, it is of no value without the power of the Holy Spirit”.
C H Spurgeon
- “We have hope” (Titus 2:13)
- We can live Christ-honoring lives (v.11).
- We can have peace with God (v.14).
- We guard gaurd are hearts and minds against influence of others (v.17).
- possible to live with a joyful purpose (2 Peter 3:10-18).