PAUL THE PROPHET

The Apostle Paul was an evangelist and not a prophet, but in his second letter to Timothy Paul made an interesting prophecy. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit Paul wrote:

But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore. From these also turn away. For of these are they that creep into houses, and take captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. ( II Timothy 3:1-7, American Standard Version)

Look at this description! Lovers of self, lovers of money, disobedient to parents, unthankful, without self-control, et cetera. A preacher could spend an entire sermon on many of the characteristics Paul lists. And they are all present today!

Whenever I read where a child kills other children, I think of “without natural affection.” Whenever I see the boats and trailers heading for the lake or beach on Sunday morning, I think of “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

The London Daily Telegraph (http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml) quoted a survey of Church of England clergy on July 31, 2002. The survey found that a third of clergy doubted or disbelieved the Resurrection of Jesus. Only one-half of Church of England clergy believed in the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

This is not found just in the Church of England. I recall a poll taken at a National Council of Churches conference in the 1960's, where eighty percent of the clergy in attendance there did not believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I have to ask why such people are in the ministry if they do not believe.

I quote Paul as above; “Holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore.” Later in the same passage Paul says, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” These are men who have supposedly studied the Word. They have lots of letters after their names. But they are not able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I am reminded of the letter to the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) In this letter Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Jesus is not in that church. He asks to be allowed to enter. No matter how many friends you have in such a church; no matter how long you have attended, or how much money you have given; if you attend a church that is led by a non-believing minister or clergy-person, and leaders who support such teaching, LEAVE and find a church where you can GROW spiritually. You will be BLESSED for it.

But remember where we started. Paul was describing the Last Days. As we look about us, it is not difficult to believe that the Last Days are near. Come, Lord Jesus.

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