Slipping into Darkness

17 05 2007

sopranosn.jpg1You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Tim. 3:1-5 NLT)

With these words Paul foretold of a time when certain characteristics of pride and narcissism will dominate the culture. A time when nothing will be considered sacred and personal pleasure will become the supreme object of life. People will love only themselves and their money while embracing a form of religion that lets them do as they please. Scoffing at correct concepts of God they will actually come to hate what is good and godly. This will be a time of rejection: rejection of ancient standards and values, rejection of authority and tradition, and rejection of reproof and correction.

No doubt this rejection will be the result of some new understanding that purports to correct the errors of the past. “Yet,” as Harry Blamiers wrote a quarter century ago, “heresy is always presented as something ‘new,’ for its very inventions springs from the itch for change, the lust for novelty, and the urge to denigrate the past. Of course the tendency to praise the latest thing and dispraise the established thing is in fact logically self-contradictory and practically self-defeating. For today is always tomorrow’s yesterday. The present is always the future’s past. And the principle of discrediting the past in favor of the present commits one to a future of perpetually self-proliferating error.

The lust for novelty is a long-ingrained weakness of human nature” (Where Do We Stand? p.94).

Has there ever been a time more likely to see these things come to pass than ours? I think not. 

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