3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people
Are we living in the times prophesied in the book of Timothy?
The tolerance for Sound Biblical Doctrine is on cultural thin ice. Consider the plight of Bob Eschliman, the former editor-in-chief of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa. He was fired in May of 2014 for comments made on his personal blog daring to defend what the Bible teaches about marriage between a man and a woman. In that piece, Eschliman criticized the “Queen James Bible,” a new edition of the King James Bible in which liberal editors rewrote eight key verses that speak against homosexual practice.
Another high-profile example of alleged discrimination involved Dr. Eric Walsh, the former public health director for the city of Pasadena, Calif., and an associate pastor. Walsh was placed on paid leave in May after some of his sermons surfaced, expressing his views on homosexuality and evolution. He subsequently resigned from his public health position. The sermons came to light after Walsh was invited to be Pasadena City College’s commencement speaker. Students researched his beliefs, published them on social media and sent them to media outlets in protest. Walsh’s saga took another negative turn when the state of Georgia two weeks later retracted a job offer made to him after learning that Walsh had been put on leave in California.
All across the nation there are examples of intolerance for the Christian world view. Although the Bible has withstood the rise and fall of every empire the world has known, it is constantly under attack because it clearly identifies man is separated from God by his own sin. The Bible is politically incorrect. It too clearly defines right and wrong. In the age of moral relevance there is no tolerance for one truth. In culture today every man and woman wants to decide for themselves what is truth, what is moral, what is right.
It equates to an attempt to silence the lamb of God. Jesus is that lamb. Jesus claimed to be God and he established a pure definition for truth when He declared:
”6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6)
This definition for truth reveals that truth is not an abstract set of facts but is in fact the person and work of Jesus Christ. Whither you are a believer/follower of Jesus or not when you embrace “truth” you are embracing Jesus. The universe was set in motion by God’s spoken words…
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. (Genesis 1: 1-5)