Saturday, September 23, 2017

In Times Like These – March/April

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1)

Again and again over the past two millennia, our world has experienced stretches of relative peace and prosperity, interrupted at intervals by terrible times of agony and catastrophe.  And Paul wants us to know that these times of stress will be accompanied by false teachers, and we need to be careful not to be misled by them. 

He describes them as “having a form of godliness but denying its power.”  In other words, Paul tells us that the primary cause of these repetitive cycles of stress and danger is the hypocritical lives of people who profess to be Christians.  They outwardly seem pious but inwardly do not have the power of God in their lives. 

Hypocritical Christianity is the reason for these recurring cycles of upheaval.  God tells us throughout  the New Testament that the church is the most important body in the world.  And when the church ceases to be what God has commanded it to be, the world suffers.  “Ye are the salt of the earth,” Jesus tells us. “But if the salt have lost his savour … it is good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”  When Christians lose their saltiness, the whole world suffers.  “You are the light of the world,” the Lord says (Matthew 5:14).  When our light dims, the whole world sinks deeper into darkness.

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