2 Timothy 3:1-5
But realize that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
Now, what did Paul meant when he said “Avoid such men as these”? Pretty much what he said, avoid them, don’t go near them, don’t hang with them. You know that ole phrase “2 birds of a feather flock together”, I would think this would apply.
As Christians, we’re supposed to be in the world, but not of the world. So, if we ever participate in the notorious warnings that Paul warned us about, then we’re participating. But it’s easy to do.
Why it’s easy to do? Let’s break it down:
It’s easy to be lovers of self/Boastful,/Arrogant/Conceited – Narcissistic Personality Disorder
It’s easy to love money (get rich schemes that are going around today). Have you looked in your spam email today? Or Gambling or Spending Addiction
Disobedient to Parents/Ungrateful – Kids are spoil brats these days and the government or the general public seems to have a say in how one should discipline the children that you carried in your uterus for 9 months, with 24 hours of labor (think about that now). There was a reason why Proverbs 13:24 says
“He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”
Without disciplining your child, when they are disobedient; then the child doesn’t get the blame, the parents do.
Revilers/Malicious Gossips/Brutal – Gossiping for funzies, being nasty for no good reason, cussing everyone out that offends you, being a vile person, down right mean with strength, a plain ole (insert your word there)
Unholy/Unloving/Haters of Good – Don’t like anything that is good, innocent, pure. Classic Villain, Cartoon Villain. Think the Joker from the Dark Knight. TV Tropes also call it Evil Cannot Comprehend Good.
Treacherous/Reckless/Without Self-Control – The Joker from the Dark Knight can be an example for this too. But, betrayal, deceit, spreading lies, perjury and all of these actions are doing without thought for anyone else’s life or feelings.
Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God/Holding to a form of godliness/Although they denied its power – They don’t care anything about Jesus, his sacrifice, his blood, going to heaven or even going to hell. They deny the trinity of God, they deny the resurrection of Jesus, they mock those who love God, (these are the very same people who will fight to keep prayer out of schools, take God out of the pledge of allegiance, won’t say Merry Christmas and more likely to be stone cold Atheists)
Altogether, the warnings go hand in hand. They are married to one another and when you encounter someone without Christ in their life, they can be related to all of these warnings; and even though, we who know Christ are born again, we’re still suspect to this list, because we still have the sinful nature. The difference between us and them is that when we do something that is against God, you should feel a conviction of your heart, which is the Holy Spirit saying “Dude, Girl confess and make things right”