2 Timothy 3:13 ~ But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Evil men are unsaved men and women, who have corrupt minds and are reprobates, which would include Politicians, Religionists of all varieties, Educators, Governments, Media, Social Networking – you name it, they are in the majority on this planet. Their aim is to influence minds, the end result being change, a mindset that is totally devoid of Christian principles, human decency and integrity, a world where Atheism and Religion will rule.
Religion worships Man, namely what he can do to save himself; religion boasts of its own good works, and it boasts it can please God with these same good works, namely donating to charity, praying for the sick, resurrecting the dead, making people rich (being blessed), bringing in the Millennial Kingdom on God’s behalf, “saving souls”, living a good life, and self-proclaimed prophets warning others by way of “prophesies”, just as God did in times past with Israel.
We live in a world where Religionists in their thousands, if not millions have a form of godliness but deny the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Islam, Christian denominations, Hindus, New Age teachings, Judaism, Buddhism, Mormonism – you name them, they hold to a form of godliness, and deny that faith alone in Christ’s work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection alone can save men’s souls.
Please note I did not say “false religion”, I said “religion” because all religions are false as they are unable to save men’s souls. They are man-made. All roads do not lead to God, and all roads do not save men’s souls, neither does believing in Christ/God save one’s soul. And for that matter, all roads do not lead to Rome.
Satan twists everything created by God : The earth, the heavens, God-given doctrine (teachings) and God’s words.
Seducers : There are the New Agers who are currently professing that the current world we’re living in is undergoing a change and some people cannot accept it, it is otherwise known as a paradigm shift. Some see it as a fight between good and evil, but good, law-abiding unsaved Man cannot win the battle between good and evil, hence I believe it to rather be a fight for the souls of Men.
When someone seduces another, do they do it in a harsh manner? The art of seduction plays on one’s feelings and emotions, it makes one feel good. It’s believable because it is wrapped in what seems to be righteousness and goodness and professes to have others best interests at heart.
Satan knows what the end result will be, he can read, but his aim is to cause as much chaos as he can, and to send as many souls to hell before he is thrown into the bottomless pit at the end of the Tribulation.
Self-control : In the past, unsaved Man held to Biblical principles (Judo-Christian) which controlled his sin nature to a vast degree. I say control, I don’t say that adherence to same saved him or justified him in the eyes of God. These same principles represented western civilisation, which was mostly controlled by so-called Christian denominationalism, these principles in a nutshell are love and respect for one’s neighbour, an eye for an eye, personal safety, freedom to practice one’s religion in in peace and without fear, not to mention rule of law. Law and order. Respect. Integrity.
But modern 21st century man due to the education he has received, not to mention the influence of the media, religionists, rock stars, et al has left Judo-Christian principles behind and now considers them to be fairytales, passe – old fashioned, and puts them in the same category as making one’s own soap, ox wagons, candlelight and frying with lard.
Each generation is more liberal than the previous one. Whereas in the past tattoos were only done by the lower classes, today it is considered to be art and is acceptable to most, yet I still look leery eyed on tattoos, it makes me think of David Beckham at the age of 70 or 80, or most 20 or 30 something year olds in 20 years time……… which validates my point : Money cannot buy class, nor can it buy intelligence nor can it buy integrity.
Personally,tattoos are a reflection of Man’s inability on the whole to be forward thinking. He only sees now. Now is what matters to him the most. Overall, I see it as a sign of having no hope. I cross paths lately with too many people whose mantra is, “Live life to the utmost, do it and enjoy because we only live once”. Ecclesiastes anyone?
Even the way people dress today. Has it ever stood out to you how sloppy people have become in their dress code(s)? Anything goes today. Does your hair look like a bird’s nest? No problem. Do you flaunt your flesh to attract a member of the opposite sex? My personal view on this is : If a man cannot and does not accept you for who and what you are, he’s not worth the time, effort or tears and he does not deserve you, I think the world calls it, “he’s not into you”. If a man loves you and wants you, he’ll move heaven and earth to be with you, he won’t have a myriad of excuses, like “Inshallah” – God willing, because God really has nothing to do with it.
Generally, men have no respect for women today, but on the other hand, is it any wonder? Women generally behave and dress like men and they nag, they are lazy, they smoke and have tattoos and drink, cuss like sailors, and they rule over the household, but on the other hand you get men who were raised as spoilt mamma’s boys and do not respect any woman out there because “no-one can come close to mamma”, these men want servants, not wives. Trophy wives : Make me look good to my partners, colleagues, friends and family, but don’t question me, and when we get home I’ll put you back on the pedestal, and all the men are going, “Jack, you old dog”, and the women, “You two make such a beautiful pair” – like they’re looking at birds or giraffes at the zoo. Who else finds most people out there incredibly shallow?
Has it not become legal for women to walk around the streets of New York, topless? Don’t you just love the mindset or politically correct mentality that went into that one. It’s called equal rights, if men are allowed to walk the streets topless, so can women. Then we have the public toilet issue : toilets for all irrespective whether they are male, female or confused. This is unsaved Man trying to deny his sin nature, if one thinks about it: “All people are good, therefore no-one will accost anyone else in the mixed gender public loo”. Evil men giving other evil men the benefit of the doubt. Today, it’s all about human rights. It has everything to do with human rights – humanism.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
As a saved person, you should not behave like them, nor should you talk like them, nor dress like them, nor think like them, nor believe as they do. Lost people do not deny ungodliness or worldly lusts, instead they relish ungodliness and wordly lusts and do not live soberly, righteously and godly. The culture today is one of drugs, alcohol, partying, and generally having a good time, no thought about tomorrow, nor about eternity, but rather denying that eternity exists because they believe God doesn’t exist, and if He does, they are of the opinion He is unfair, unjust and that one needs to work for one’s salvation.
Today’s world has a mainly liberal mindset and mentality. Their intentions are good : All should be able to live in peace and harmony, but to achieve this they set aside the rule of law, godly principles and God Himself, and prefer to do it their way. The truth of the matter is, people aren’t born inherently good, so one cannot expect them not to abuse the social, political or financial freedom they are given by liberal governments.
Yet, in this dispensation of God’s grace we are living in, God will not rain down His judgment upon them for being evil/sinners as he wants them to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of truth : 1 Timothy 2:4. While they are alive, there is still hope that they might be saved, hence the reason the Apostle Paul tells us to pray for all men.
God’s plan and purpose for all men is for them to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of truth.
I have to keep on reminding myself daily that I do not wrestle against flesh and blood because Satan uses people, even saved ones to do his bidding, to come against you, to cause strife, to deny scripture, to wrest scripture, to twist God’s words, to deny the saving power of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 concerning men’s souls.
I find it utterly amazing how some people who do not even know you, take an instant dislike to you for no apparent reason. I have had that happen to me on more than one occasion and it has left me totally speechless, and more often than not it comes from the saved Quarters, yet even that it shouldn’t surprise me.
Ephesians 6:12 ~ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
At times I am overwhelmed at the total wickedness of this present evil world, especially when I compare the world I grew up in to the current state of affairs, but I remind myself that I should not fear anything, not even death because of who I am in Christ Jesus.
The Evil One’s agenda today is to (1) Keep the truth hidden from as many people as possible concerning salvation and coming unto the knowledge of truth, and (2) to make it as difficult as possible for saved people to keep the faith; to run the race.
He either wants you (to remain) blind or he wants you to give up.