In this week’s sermon, Bishop Grier broke down the negative characteristics discussed by Paul will possess collectively, and how Timothy, and we as Christians, should respond! Let’s take a look at what Paul says:
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people run away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV)
Wow. There’s a lot to unpack here, but the gist of it is that mankind will turn from God and focus on his own, selfish desires. When we compare Paul’s warning to today’s society, we can see the two line up. But notice what Paul also says our response should be: ‘And from such people run away!’ We are called to recognize these traits and turn away from the people who perpetuate them!
Paul gave us this warning not to scare us that the final times are approaching, but instead to warn us! We should use this warning and be aware of those who have these traits so we can “run away” from them! We must stay the course to the end and not lose sight of God, His power, or His plan. The big question that we must each take intentional time to think about and answer is: If Jesus came back today, would you be ready for His return?
Dr. Derek Grier