Saturday, June 2, 2012

"For The Time Will Come...."

One of the most significant prophetic passages in the Bible - as pertaining to the last generation - was given by the apostle Paul, and it reveals the level of Godlessness in the last days:

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them...always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth."

(2 Timothy 3:1-15)

This video clip reveals just how far we have fallen as a society:

The intro to this video is worth reading as well:

A thousand years from now, anthropologists will sift through the rubble of our failed civilization, find this video, cue it up, and understand instantly. “This is where it started,” they’ll say, exchanging knowing glances. “This was the beginning of the end.”

But things aren't this bad everywhere, as the church still resides on the planet - serving as the 'restrainer' of pure evil. Once the church is gone, things will change rapidly. For now, with the presence of Jesus' followers - not all is lost (but it will be soon). For now, we can contrast the contents of the video above with the more uplifting message below which could be called "The Bottom Line". It also reveals the only hope for mankind:

[This entire article is most definitely worth reading - below are just a few quotes]

I had the pleasure of giving a talk for the 8th grade Fellowship Of Christian Athletes at Southside School in Lebanon, Tennessee. Here’s what I told them:

“Common Ground”

Since there is such a difference in our ages and I'm old enough to at least by your grandfather if not your great grandfather, it would seem that common ground would be hard to find.

I'm sure your interests are vastly different from mine, you more than likely listen to different music, watch different television programs and talk about far different subjects than would interest an old gray haired fiddle player like me.

So with such a disparity in years, cultures and ages what can we possibly have in common?

What we have in common is that we all believe that God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to be mocked, beaten, reviled and finally to suffocate on a Roman cross with nails driven through His hands and feet. That He was laid in the grave, and three days later He came back to life.

We believe that He did this to pay for the sins we commit and presented a pardon to us as a free gift of eternal life to all who accept and believe.

We believe that on some awesome day in the future He will return, not as the crucified human but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords returning to gather His faithful to live with Him forever in a place human minds cannot even imagine.

Because we believe this, we call ourselves Christians and that's what we have in common. That despite the differences in our ages, I am actually your brother, did you know that you have a 75-year-old brother?

So, starting there, let’s see what else we have in common.

You're a unique being, wondrously made, you're an original, and there is not another person on Planet Earth that is exactly like you. Our Creator never made any two of us exactly alike and nobody but you can live your life, nobody but you can be the singular, one of a kind individual that God made you to be and do what He made you to do.

You're a child of the King and He has a plan and purpose for your life, and no power on earth can keep you from that goal if you go after it hard enough.

And, most importantly, your Christianity is going to be challenged by those who consider themselves too cool, too sophisticated and too suave to admit faith in Jesus.

But our book tells us that there is only one way, one truth and one life. That there is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved, and His name is Jesus Christ.



Cary said...

Hi everybody..I need to go off message..sorry Scott.

We need to pray for one of our military stationed in Longdon named Connor.

Please pray for his protection and for faith in his meeting with others this Monday.

I have asked him to come here..


Caver said...

AMEN and Amen!

Thank you for that, Scott. It made my day.

Scott said...

I AGREE - Loved the Charlie Daniels article - so uplifting.