What mental gymnastics we have to do for all the craziness we see unfolding around us. The confusion around sex and gender is a symptom of a civilization in total decline. Every civilization when they’re at the brink of collapse becomes obsessed with gender and sex. Look at ancient Greece and ancient Rome. It is the thing that people do when a society becomes stagnant. People look for conflict that doesn’t exist, and they find conflict in societal norms. ‘Wokeism’ has become the new religion. Gender has become the soul for secular people who are looking for something to replace the purpose and meaning that true religion used to provide. What we are seeing is fastly becoming the end of civilization. It is the end of belief in true religion. A recent survey confirms the decline of values like patriotism, true religion, and birthrates among Americans.
…For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God… (2 Thessalonians 2:3 NLT)
“…But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:8 NLT)
The question is: How Do We Live in an Ever Increasing Evil World? The following are eight insights from Scripture:
First, look up and rejoice, because we are living in a most fortunate generation that may never experience death:
“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28 NLT)
Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 NLT)
Second, the birth pains have most certainly already started. As with any birth, once it is started there is no stopping or going back. The pains will only become more and more intense and will come closer and closer together. For those in America, no elected official or political party will be able to reverse this tide. The world‘s ONLY hope is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and Him alone!
But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. (Matthew 24:8 NLT)
When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. (1 Thessalonians 5:3-4 NLT)
Third, we need to accept that The Last Days will be very difficult:
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)
Forth, we are instructed to stay away from the people described in the Scripture above, even those that have crept and wormed their way into the church. There is no doubt that a boastful and proud spirit has crept and wormed its way into the church of our day. Whatever happened to humility in much of church leadership of our day? Much of what is seen is cockiness:
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4 NLT)
“The baptism of the Holy Spirit brings a deep repentance and a demolished and impoverished spirit.” (Smith Wigglesworth)
Fifth, be discerning not to cast your pearls to pigs:
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” (Matthew 7:6 NLT)
What does it mean to cast your pearls before swine? It means to give or offer something valuable to someone who does not understand its value.
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. (Romans 12:17-21 NLT)
Sixth, notice, our command in the Scripture above is to only TRY to live in peace as far as our part is concerned!
Seventh, in Biblical times, when leaving Gentile cities, pious Jews often shook the dust from their feet to show their separation from Gentile practices. If the disciples shook the dust of a Jewish town from their feet, it would show their separation from Jews who rejected their Messiah.
Even though it may seem harsh, we have to accept the fact that there will be times we will need to shake the dust from our feet. The following Scriptures are multiple examples for us today:
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.” (Matthew 10:5-7, 14-15 ESV)
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” (Mark 6:7-11 ESV)
And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” (Luke 9:1-5 ESV)
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. “Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.” (Luke 10:1, 8-12 ESV)
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:48-52 ESV)
Eighth, heed Paul’s advice which is more necessary today than ever before because of the evil deception that lurks at every corner in these most difficult of times:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)