2 Timothy 3
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Are we in the End Times? It seems clear based on this letter to Timothy. How descriptive is this list? Two parts stand out: “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” and “every learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
As Christianity becomes less “in” it seems to become more prevalent to be Christian in form only. Church attendance remains relatively high, at least in America. Yet the attendants don’t seem to look to their relationship with Christ as the source of their power. There remains reliance on money, connections and government. It seems okay to be a Christian as long as we keep our feet on the ground. That is: don’t take it too seriously. We surely have become the Church of Laodicea
Learning and never coming to knowledge of the truth is also a sign of these times. We seem to have become perpetual students, never putting our knowledge to use. Remember that the disciples were in training for only three years and even then, Christ sent them out before the end of that training period. Our faith is enabling. It has power. It powers us to do things. When our Christianity becomes philosophy to be studied instead of a lifestyle to be lived; we have missed the power and the point.
Lukewarm is the temperature of the day. Let’s get hot and get moving.