1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4) Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power therof: from such turn away.
16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
a) Jude 18>How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
b) Rom.1:30> Backbiters, haters of god, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ………Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God,that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
c) Isa.29:13 Eze. 33:30-32 > wherefore the LORD said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour, but have removed their heart far from me,and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. And they come unto thee as the people cometh and sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely son of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
m) 2Sam.23:2 Mark 12:24 Luke 1:70 Act.1:16 2Pet.1:20> The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because you know not the scriptures,neither the power of God? As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,which have been since the world began: Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of ay private interpretation.
n) 1Tim.6:11> But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Self-centeredness will produce the crisis at the close of this age. Its evils will reach a climax that can be compared to the time just before the Flood or to Sodom and Gomorrah. Self-centeredness, everyone having his own perception of beauty and pursuing it to the nth degree, is the driving force behind the perilous time of the end. It will be a time that fits the description in Judges 21:25 when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” During the period of the judges no one could provide central leadership because people said, “This is what I believe; this is what I’m going to follow.”
So it will be at the end. People will abuse one another to possess the things they hold to be beautiful, like money or power. “[Men will be] . . . lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good” (II Timothy 3:2-3).
The concept of “men will be lovers of themselves” (verse 2) continues in verse 5: “[H]aving a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” Verse 7 identifies them further: these people are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Within God’s warning of what it will be like at the end, He lists the traits that Christians must fight against when self-centeredness reaches its peak. But the Laodicean does not resist as he should, and that is his problem! Though converted, he has an attitude of self-centeredness, strong enough that his mind is diverted from more important spiritual concerns!
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