Monday, June 23, 2008

In the last days

Anybody that follows the teaching of the Bible understands that these are perilous times. So many of the scriptures below are evident of things happening in the world all around us at this moment. Yet, there are so many out there that pass the Bible off as just another book to read or untrue. But, one day, the truth will be known. And, nobody will have to wonder any longer if the Bible is indeed the handbook all should have been following during their life time.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I just read an article that says that some people in the religious community are now saying that their faith isn't the only way to eternal life. Being saved is a life-changing experience. I cannot figure out how a person who has once given his life to Christ can say there is any other way to gain eternal life but through the free gift of salvation through grace by faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible plainly states that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man goes to the father except through Him. (John 14:6)

Perhaps the truth is found in this verse:

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

People are starting to fall away from what they once perceived to be the truth. The enemy has come to snatch away all he can through deceit. If a person doesn't stay closely connected to the Lord, then the enemy is right there waiting with his 'truth' and so many people are buying into it. We are becoming a nation of Laodiceans that once knew the truth and have now strayed. As the Word says:

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

He is asking us to repent of our sins and turn back to Him. Otherwise, we will be standing at the Judgement seat of Christ. And on that day, he will say, "I tell you, I knew you not whence you are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity." (Luke 13:27)

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