Quotes and Notes for the Day
APOSTASY: FALLING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH – II
( The Last Days In Which We Live.)
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves covetous, boaster, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despises of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God: Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. ;” 2nd Timothy 3:1-5.
1.The last days in which we live will be days of watered-down preaching: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having aching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned into fables.” Today in many Christian circles the Bible means nothing , Sound doctrine means nothing! the main thing is love! just love everybody! “With love anything goes! and if you really love somebody, no matter what they do or say it is okay!” We have men and organizations who claim to be Christians, who promote such false concept of love ! In the gospel of John 14:15 Jesus said, “If ye loved me, keep my commandments.” again in verses 21 of the same chapter Jesus said, ” He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:…” Friend, a true concept of love definitely is linked with obedience. The two can not be separated! You can not call anything love if that manifestation of what you call love leads in disobedience to the Lord’s command.
2.The last days in which we live will be days of worldliness: Grieving in the spirit, and writing to Timothy about those who left to minister with him, Paul said, ” For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Cresens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” 2nd Timothy 4:10 A clear mark of the child of God is, his attitude to the material world around him, ” Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.” 1st John 215-16 When a Christian chooses to adopt a worldly lifestyle, he becomes a danger to other Christians. Describing the present condition of today’s average church an old time preacher said, “ I looked for the church and I found it in the world: I looked for the world and I found it in the church.” Friend, a christian is not ruined by living in the world, but by the world living in him. Being in the world the believer has to be like a ship in the sea. The ship is in the sea, but the sea is not in the ship. A poet iterated this truth with these stanzas:
All the water in the world however hard it tried
could never sink a ship unless it get inside.
All the evil in the world the wickedness and sin
Could never sink you soul’s fair craft unless you let it in.
You know all the evil in this world, and the Devil included with his great influence and power , can not sink your ship unless you open the door and let him in.
3.The last days in which we live will be days of wickedness: ” But beloved, remember the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ : How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. They be who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” Jude 17-19. Friend, if you are a dispensationalist, you see that at the end of each dispensation before God sends in judgment evil begins to build and culminate and then falls the judgment of God. We are in the closing days of the church age,where self-indulgence and immortality, and sin both in public and private life is on the increase and we are witnessing the decline, the fall and total destruction of society. When men harden themselves with sin misery and judgment are their portions. ” And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.” Psalms 78:17
to be continued……………………………….
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff