The Apostle Paul experienced it, and so are we today.
We live in a crazy, mixed up world where just about everything is perverted. One only has to turn on the TV to see how far Man has degenerated into total immorality, immorality that on the whole is seen as socially acceptable and decent.
If you are a saved and sealed member of the body of Christ and don’t subscribe to the world’s amoral standards, you’re despised.
Ever noticed the reaction one engenders when one doesn’t accept homosexuality, lasciviousness, drunkenness, lying or back-stabbing? One is rejected, seen as a prude, a relic from some bygone era, one is laughed at, ridiculed, seen as strange. The consensus is : If it doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s perfectly acceptable.
But their idea of “hurting someone” is skin deep and it stems from their gross ignorance as it doesn’t encompass emotional or mental hurt or abuse, only physical hurt. How many people do you think are out there today walking around nursing emotional and/or mental hurts?
The Apostle Paul doesn’t state in verse 3 “without affection”, he speaks of “natural affection”. That should make one think that there are plenty of people today showing affection, but it’s forced and it’s pretentious, it doesn’t come naturally, they don’t have genuine compassion.
The Apostle Paul says in verse 5 that they have a form of godliness. Interesting.
How many out there profess to be good people, attend church, abide by the law, are good parents, upright citizens, support charities, yet they deny the power of godliness.
What is the power of godliness today that most people deny or reject? It’s the Apostle Paul’s gospel (good news) that we are saved by God’s grace through faith without our so-called good works added to please God so that He can eventually save our souls, neither can our good works maintain our salvation. Why?
Because our godliness is obtained by Christ’s imputed righteousness. Most are winging their way on their own righteousness or so-called godliness, they do not believe the gospel, therefore don’t have Christ’s righteousness. They revere God, they are pious, but they aren’t saved because they deny the saving power of the Apostle Paul’s gospel.
The salvation transaction :
One’s faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross for their sins plus nothing. He took the suffering that was intended for us, and He rose again on the 3rd day for our justification, because He lives, we will spend eternity reconciled to God. When one believes, Christ’s righteousness is imputed to one, one is sanctified in one’s spirit man and reconciled to God.
1 Timothy 3:16 ~ And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
We obtain that godliness by believing what He did for us, not what we ourselves can do to save our souls.