The apostle Paul warned about a time when immorality would run rampant and described the inhabitants of the earth in the most unflattering way. Has that day fully come? Notice the words of Paul:
“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 turn away! 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, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was” (2 Tim 3:1-9).
Today, we have seen a time when most go unchurched, undisciplined, immoral, greedy, ruthless, inconsiderate, disrespectful of the aged, egostical, bullying, abusive and filthy language, and a total unwillingness to help the less fortunate. Sound familiar? It should, because that day is now and is progressing worse and worse. Let us examine a little in depth each of the things which are approaching us.
Lovers of Self
Those concerned only about themselves; having little or no concern for anyone else. (Jud 21:25) Selfish, self-absorbed people have little interest in the Lord. Christians are to be selfless. (Matt 16:24-25)
Lovers of Money
This is what kept the rich young ruler from following God. He trusted money more than God. Materialism can bring many problems. In America, Wall Street, “Greed is good.” In the Kingdom of God, it is evil!
He is an empty pretender who exaggerates his own importance. Those who did not acknowledge God were characterized as “boastful.” (Rom 1:30) Today we say, “A man who will not bark for himself is a poor dog”. Yet, in truth, a man who boasts of himself most often is not worth boasting.
This is a proud one who thinks highly of himself and looks down on others. Diotrephes, who loved to have the preeminence among brethren, is mentioned in 3 John 9.
Revilers or slanderers malign the name of God and the good name of others. They make false accusations.
Disobedient to Parents
Obedience is not a choice is a commandment. (Ephesians 6:1-3) Many are disrespectful of all adults, especially the aged.
Those who are not thankful for anything. (Luke 17:11-19) Only one leper who was healed returned to thank Jesus. Many believe they are owed good things. They have a “gimme” attitude as opposed as a giving heart. (Acts 20:35)
Those who do not respect the sacred are “anti-God.” America has lost respect for God and His Word. (Proverbs 14:34) They do not retain God in their knowledge. (Rom 1:28)
The heartless are without affection or concern, especially in a family situation. Examples: Abortions or leaving newborns in dumpsters. The homeless, the poor, and the sick and disabled. They often make fun of those who have little as if they are wiser and more prudent. Imagine these who would have experienced Lazarus who laid at the gate of the rich man. (Lk 16:19-31)
They refuse to reconcile under any circumstances; always hostile. (Eph 4:32) Forgiveness is mandated by God and without it no one can be forgiven. The marriage covenant is enhanced by a forgiving heart.
False accusers or verbal assassins are not concerned about the truth. Malicious gossip can destroy lives. They are quick to defame and demean but are slow to uplift.
Without Self control
They give in to every temptation and let desires go unchecked. They do whatever they feel like, having no inhibitions or no shame. (Jude 16)
Those who are savage, fierce, having no restraint are cruel, unfeeling, and merciless to others. Society exhibits this kind of behavior. To them life is all about self and destroy anyone who gets in their path.
Haters of good
They oppose good people and good things. (John 3:19-20) Christianity is becoming public enemy number one. The irony is that the Bible and Christian principles helped to make this country great.Yet, Christianity has joined forces with the wealthy and affluent and has become more wicked than the wicked and immoral because of their greed and lack of concern for the unfortunate.
They are willing to betray another individual’s trust to advance their own cause. Judas is an example of one who betrays an oath or turns on a friend.
They are headstrong, rash, and do not think before speaking or acting. A reckless person does not consider the consequences or consider the feelings of other people. (Proverbs 13:3)
They are conceited, puffed up with pride. (Prov 16:18. 1 Timothy 6:3-4) No one can tell them anything for they think they know it all.
Lovers of pleasure
For many in our society, everything takes a backseat to personal pleasure. (Luke 8:14) They recreate while the world is in pain and despair. Instead of using their wealth for the good of others, they use their money to pleasure themselves.
Have a Form of Godliness
They have an outward show or facade of righteousness. (Tit 1:16) Outwardly they appear to be the children of God, but inwardly they are full of hypocrisy and sin. (Matt 23:28)
Conclusion: It is imperative to know that many societies have been described as these such as Sodom and Gomorrah, Babylonia, and Rome. Yet, America has joined the ranks of the most wicked nations which have ever been established under the sun. The former nations all fell and so will America unless they repent and turn back to God. All of the wickedness that Paul spoke of is rampant in our society today and getting worse by the minute. Adultery and fornication is everywhere. Homosexuality is condoned and given in marriage. Babies are slaughtered. Greed is applauded as good character. Racism is rampant. The rich are uplifted and the poor are demeaned. Remember, “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.” (Ps 9:17-18)