Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I have purposely said “Look inside the Church”. You may ask me, why? When we hear earthquakes, famines and wars we say the coming of the Lord is on the clouds and it is true we read in Mathew 25 and several other prophesies regarding the signs of end times but what we see outside is not only the signs of end times. Look inside the Church and see if it grieves your heart. Look inside the Church ! does it speak the mark of the coming of the Lord? When i say church i don’t mean a local church or a building but i am speaking about the universal Body of Christ.
Paul during his last days wrote two letters to Timothy, his true son in faith. And what he wanted to say personally to this young pastor? Many things but the sum of all things is this. Guard your life and Guard the sound doctrine. In this context, Paul warns the young man certain things which will occur after he will depart. There are three prophesies of Paul to the Church in the Letter to Timothy which i don’t want my readers to overlook. When you read each prophesy… Look inside the Church! if it grieves your heart then understand that it grieves the heart of God.
1. In the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their conscience are dead. (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
Apostasy is the mark of the coming of the Lord. Christ himself asked “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Some will turn from sound doctrine and follow deceptive spirits and teaching that come from demons. The wisdom that does not come from Above is earthly, natural and demonic. Demons will not come and teach the people but they will certainly take the hypocrites and liars within the church and will make them their agents. They will overturn the sound words by adding more water into the pure milk and sometimes poison. Any teaching that is contrary to the Word is purely demonic. I have heard many television preachers saying that they received the new revelation from the Spirit of God. Let God condemn such people who speak lies. Spirit of God will not teach us any new revelations. Whatever God wants to speak about the eternal plans and His Good will; He has already revealed through Prophets in Old Testament, through His Son, and His Apostles. Cursed is the one who adds and subtracts to the Word of God.
2. II Timothy 3:1-9 They will act godly, but they will reject the Power that could make them godly.
Paul says, in the end times. People will love themselves and their money. The person who loves money is an IDOLATER of himself. Let me say this with fear and trusting in God’s grace. We must flee from the love of money because this evil has entered in many of our leaders. Instead of looking after the flock of God they look at the pockets of the flock. As long as there is money we must keep examining ourselves, little leaven of this evil is enough to make us worst sinners. People will be boastful and proud. Where is money, positions and tittles people will boast and takes pride but Paul says, I boast in the Lord and His Cross!, they will be scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred, they will 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 puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. Now you may think, Oh! this is definitely not the situation inside the Church..if you think so just after this Paul says, they will act godly, but they will reject the Power that could make them godly. All this sins are commited by wearing the dress of Godliness. This is the disgrace of the Church. When the world see Christians ACT they dishonor the name of the Lord. God hates formality Christians. Their christian life is only on Sunday and Friday. They act something in the church but totally different after the church. I don’t believe the person is really saved who still holds double personality. Mask is required in the militants group but the Household of God people worship without mask.
3. For the time is coming when people will not longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myth. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
I will not stay longer in this point becuse the verse itself explains. People are not interested to hear the sound and wholesome teaching. How many churches teaches the Word of God? and if it has what is the attendance of the people? Some people shows interest to learn new things from the Bible but that’s is just an interest for swimming and piano class. We don’t want an interest to learn a new subject from the Bible but we must strive and pursue to walk like Jesus Christ on earth. There is an Old song. ” Come to my heart, Come to my life, Lord”. If Christ has come to our heart then He must come to our life too. Christ came to our heart by the Word and the Spirit and how does Christ come to our Life? by Word and Spirit. People want to hear new things according to their evil desires so this people creates teachers who are ready to feed according to their wants. Most of the false teachers arise because they saw the desires of the people inside the church. People want only prosperity, only miracles , only healing so the false teachers stood up on their feet and said we will give you only prosperity, only miracles and only healing! How is it?
C. H Spurgeon said, “Truth is a strong tower and never requires to be buttressed with error. Gods Word will stand against all mans devices.” Impostors and evil men will flourish in the end times but God is able to save His own, He is faithful to his promises.
Let me also join with Paul in one spirit and warn, exhort and encourage you brethren. Watch out dogs! Guard your life and the sound doctrine. Speak the truth, preach the Word and spend more time at the feet of the Master.
May God bless you with this message.
your brother in Christ