Perilous Times

Little by little I have observed the changes in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world.  When I was young we did not lock the doors to our house at night while we slept.  We had screen doors to let the summer breeze cool the house down… our version of central air conditioning.  We entertained ourselves by playing outside with the neighborhood kids and thought nothing about strangers passing by.  The morals of society were high as well as the honor and respect of family structure.  My parents were youngsters growing during the Great Depression and their frugal living was passed on to us boys.  The times have changed.

2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,

7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

If you consider these words Paul penned to Timothy, we must be moving into these perilous times.  You could take each description or category and assign it to multiple news stories of today.  Just yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court deemed  same-sex marriage legal throughout the land.  This goes totally against the historic moral fiber of the country and nobody can deny it.  Neither can you argue that we have “progressed” in our thinking.  From a pure scientific view, same sex marriage does not produce offspring, a fundamental expression of life on this planet.  THE CREATOR of Heaven and earth did not design life to operate in this manner.  It is self-evident yet mankind has become lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of GOD.

Lovers of money are in the midst of wrecking the global economy.  Unholy, unloving, and brutal individuals are promoting violence against children.  Traitors take an oath to the Constitution of the United States and then immediately take bribes in various forms to compromise their office.  Various officials end their speeches with the phrase “GOD bless America” yet in private they commit lawlessness against the average citizens who elected them.

Men have become self-absorbed and are willing to sacrifice anyone and anything in order to satisfy their lusts.  Why does this country as well as others have a drug problem?  Because there is great demand to escape the emptiness found in the souls of men and women.  If there was no demand, the drug lords would be out of business.  Demand is the issue.

A great percentage of television commercials are pharmaceutical ads.  Rather than seeking FATHER for a solution, men seek out doctors who will prescribe a band-aid to mask the symptoms, never really dealing with the source of the problem.  What a mess!

Sin and lawlessness have crept into the fabric of society and this condition is not new.  Throughout history we find parallels and each time the system fails.  This time will be no different and FATHER will judge this country as well as others.  HIS longsuffering is surely about to end and HIS remnant continues to prepare in anticipation of this judgment.  “Self” is being eradicated at a personal level and full submission to FATHER’S commands has replaced the flesh in its attempt to maintain control.  Those who have been called look back in disgust when their decisions were based on the flesh and exclaim “What was the point?”.  They see the emptiness of those fleshly desires and are glad to be rid of them.  They understand it was all part of their training.

FATHER always has a solution to the ugly situation brought about by ungodly men.  HE is in the deliverance and restoration business.  Be assured that the end of the current system is not the end of the world.  There will be a severe pruning and the sin and lawlessness will be exposed.  Some will embrace it while others will deny it until the day of reckoning.  Both groups will experience some pain.  Those who walk in Love will be raised up as a standard for the rest of mankind to observe and come to the realization that the righteous judgment of FATHER is necessary in order to cleanse them of their unrighteousness.  It’s all good.

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