“[In the last days] they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power…” (2 Timothy 3:5 GNT)
In this day and age, everyone is out of the closet, except – unfortunately – for Christians, who many times feel bullied into keeping quiet about their faith. Everything seems to be relative, so that our society’s moral compass has been compromised and folks are left to do what is right in their own eyes. There’s only one problem with all of this: truth is not relative! Truth is objective, and not dependent upon people’s belief systems. You can’t make up truth and you can’t wish it away. Jesus said something powerful when he proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” This goes against our societal relativism, which points to the politically correct jargon that there are many pathways to morality and, ultimately, to God.
For the Christian who wants to belong and be in with the “in crowd,” this poses a problem. Jesus said, “If they hated me, they will hate you as well.” So, if you want to be accepted by everyone, Christ is not for you. God is calling out a remnant of people who can say to anyone the truth as it is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In today’s Scripture verse, the Apostle Paul prophesied that in the last days there would be a pseudo-Christianity with people talking pseudo-talk. Remember that just because someone says, “Jesus,” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the Jesus of the Bible. Paul said that there would be people who would have a form of religion, but who would not know its power. It’s just “go to church” and live any old way the rest of the time. The whole celebrity culture demonstrates that people today have come to feel that they are the center of the universe; and in the end, they will turn away from the truth.
The warnings from Scripture are there for us to see. Let’s, therefore, examine ourselves to see if we “are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5) and test everything that comes from the pulpit to make sure that it lines up with the Bible. Without fear, let’s keep our communion with Jesus, read the Word, forsake not the gathering of believers, intercede for others, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Jesus said he would. Let’s believe that truth today.
Read 2 Timothy 3:1-9.