The Bible not only tells us what society will be like in the end times, but it also gives us instruction to stay as clear of the mess as possible and that God will take care of the rest:
- What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever. What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold. They take bribes to let the wicked go free, and they punish the innocent. Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble and dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will rot and their flowers wither. For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies; they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 5:20-24 NLT)
- You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. People will be cruel and hate what is good. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1, 3b, 5 NLT)
Certain things, even though much to our dislike, must come to pass. It’s all in God’s plan of what must take place before the second coming of His Son. Nothing we do or say will stop it. It is according to God the Father’s will:
- And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:7, 9, 28, 31-33, 36 KJV)
There is not one place in the Book of Acts or any of the Epistles where Christians got sidetracked with the issues of the day even though their world was filled with injustices, corruption, cruelty, and evil. They always addressed those in authority with the proper respect. Paul could of very easily debated with the greatest minds of his time about the issues of the day. Instead he chose to preach Christ to everyone he came in contact with. The world needs to have lives transformed, not swayed! So please do not get angry as you see the blatant moral decline of our society and the unrighteous decisions of our governmental leaders. You may be correct with what you say or write, but what good is it if you alienate and taint your witness for Christ. Look around my friend for there are sinners all around that need Christ and the simple Gospel.
- But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh. (Jude 1:20-23 NKJV)
Do not get me wrong, this does not mean that we do not join the conversation around the coffee maker at work and speak out against the present blatant sin issues of the day like our society’s acceptance with open arms of homosexuality and the abortion pill. As Jude tells us in the verses above that we must ‘save’ some with fear, but we must make a distinction of when to speak out and when not to. There is a Christian song that says, “Sometimes Christians should be seen and not heard.” This is where we need to pray in the Holy Spirit, as Jude tells us, and look for discernment from the Lord.
There is a very dangerous liberality that has crept into the Christian Church. Not only does it candy coat evil, but it also makes the evil poison seem almost right. This is what Charles Spurgeon warned us of: “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.”
This is the problem with so many big name, so called ‘Christian Pastors’. It seems that the modern Christian Church is infatuated with numbers. “How can someone with so many followers and so many book sales be wrong?” It’s because of ‘itchy ears’, especially in these end times that Scriptures warn us of.
Take a look on the horizon. Persecution is just around the corner for those who hold onto what the Bible truly teaches. Those with twisted liberal views will be pointing the finger at those who stand true with what the Word of God rightfully says and they will declare us ‘intolerant’. At that point we will become a threat to society and labelled ‘terrorists’.
One prominent pastor presents the view that when Paul denounced homosexuality in Romans 1, he was referring only to those who were established heterosexuals that would turn to homosexuality rather than established homosexuals. This makes it OK for Gays to continue with their lifestyle. This pastor forgets that Jesus Himself (Matthew 19:4-6) continued to cement the command found in Genesis that only a man and a woman are to be joined together sexually and that is only after marriage.
It does not take someone very long, who has Holy Spirit discernment, to determine whether or not a Bible teacher should be listened to or not. Just scratching the surface on one, I found something he wrote on Christians suffering for Christ. He explained how if he has a sore throat or fever while preparing a sermon that he is suffering for Christ. First of all, we live in a fallen world where both Christians and non-Christians get sick. Secondly, there is nothing outside of normal duties (see Luke 17:7-10) of a pastor to prepare a sermon. Thirdly, it is a mockery to compare yourself to someone who takes a stand for Christ and suffers loss, or is physically tortured or killed because of it (see Hebrews 11:35-38).
So my friends, be very careful who you listen to, or watch, or read their books. Research for yourself. Once poison is ingested, it can sometimes be too late to stop the damage. Remember, those that preach ‘evil is good and good is evil’ are more prevalent than you think. Also, prepare yourself now for the persecution that is coming in the days ahead. Look up and know that your redemption draws nigh! (see Luke 21:28).