2 Tim. 3:1-5
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self- control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
Coming to the end of his own life, the apostle Paul warns Timothy of difficult days to come. And what he shares with Timothy has application for you and me specifically.
I. Lovers of their own selves, boastful, arrogant …
Self- love will be the hallmark of the last days. The Greek word translated “boasters” is alazon, which speaks of a claim made by a quack promising something but unable to deliver that which was promised.
“Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers.” As time goes on, we learn of bribery, graft, corruption.
2. Disobediance to Parents
This has increased in recent times until many parents have no control over their young people at all. We read so much today about young people being “frustrated.”
3. People without Natural Affection
We’re horrified when we read that the Canaanites placed their babies on the incandescent arms of idols.
The newspapers frequently report cases of murder on the part of both mothers and fathers, who have killed their children.
The idea here is of people ignoring covenants or contracts. This of course is at the bottom of broken homes. Men and women stood at the marriage altar and solemnly pledged their vows to each other, then a bit later they threw those vows to the winds as they separated and divorced.
5. Despisers of those that are good
“Incontinent” means “intemperate”; “fierce” means “savage,” and savage conduct is certainly evident today. We surely live in a reckless age, whether you look at the speed of travel, the waste of money, or the carelessness of human lives.
6. Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
If there was ever a time when people revealed themselves as pleasure crazy that time is now.
7. Form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof
There will be plenty of religion in the last days, but it will be a mere imitation, a form of godliness without the life- changing power of God. Apostole Pauls counsel to young Timothy is “Avoid such men as these”.