We live in perilous times.
Is it because of wars, climate change, civil unrest, natural disasters, crime, or diseases?
No. We live in perilous times because men (and women) are lovers of their own selves, without natural affection, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God:
2 Timothy 3: 1-5 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, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Natural disasters and epidemics are signs of the times. Civil unrest and wars are consequences. Crime and violence are results.
The times are perilous because people deny the power of God.
From such, turn away.
If you know someone is a cheat, a liar, a lustful immoral person- don’t run across the grocery store to make sure they see you just because they are the mayor. Or offer to spot for them at the gym because they are county commissioner, or carry on at the restaurant to be seen with them because they are the president of the chemical plant- from such turn away.
If the artist is singing about threesomes and perversity, if the actor is a known pedophile, if the movie is full of violence, immorality, and blasphemy- don’t say “well I like the music” or “he’s just a great actor” or “it’s still a good story”- from such, turn away.
My dad used to always tell me that if I rolled around in the gutter long enough, I would learn to like it. There is an old expression about laying down with dogs and waking up with fleas. We are always told to “surround yourself with winners.” No matter how strong we think we are, we cannot help but to be influenced by those around us.
Think about society today. There was a time when cohabitation- living together, “shacking up”- was low-class, immoral. Now it’s normal. Constant exposure to something eventually becomes internalized, becomes normal.
It can be tricky. There are alot of people that speak well, they give to charity, they help people. They have a form of ‘godliness’. We say “look how good they are trying to be” while ignoring they beat their wives, abuse their children, live completely immoral lives, promote atheism, celebrate perversity.
You are not here to join in the madness. You are not here to congratulate and admire the pervert. You are not here to praise the corrupt. From such- TURN AWAY.
Why you are here:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;- Philippians 2:15