Text: “This know also, that in the last days (now!) perilous times shall come. For men/women shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection (homosexual), trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (sexually), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Good morning, ‘weird’ Christian! You are seeking to sincerely love God and live a God-fearing, Christ-honouring, life. Therefore, you are looked upon as totally ‘weird’ in a world that is ever-increasing in antichristian ungodliness. In this sense, you and I are most definitely defined ‘weird’.
In the midst of so much carnal ungodliness, sinful practice and faithless unbelief - ‘normal’ is the new ‘weird’! In the world’s eyes, sincere Christians are total ‘weirdoes’! Praise God for such ‘weirdo Christians’!
Definition: Weird: (adjective) unearthly, uncanny, peculiar, odd…eccentric; someone unconventional. (Chambers Dictionary p.1894)
Biblically defined, the world has been ‘in these last days’ now for more than two thousand years. The writer of The Epistle to the Hebrews states this fact clearly: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son (Jesus Christ), Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Our text this morning just as clearly reveals that the ‘…perilous times…’ of ‘…these last days…’ will be characterized by certain ungodly, and selfish inner attitudes, mirrored by the outer expressions of the hearts of sinful man.
“This know also, that in the last days (now!) perilous times shall come. For men/women shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection (homosexual), trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (sexually), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Furthermore, if in these last days, men and women are sincerely seeking to be regenerated by God the Holy Spirit, and to live sincere Christian lives - we will stand out in such stark contrast to the worldlings described above, that the ungodly, selfish ‘…lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God…’ will be compelled to ridicule us as fools, idiots, and ‘weirdoes’’! Fact!
At 73 years of age, the last 41 of those years as a born again Christian believer, I have NEVER encountered a more hostile, antichristian, and totally selfish society living here in Northern Ireland. Holiness is deemed weird!
Furthermore, the British Mainland’s - England, Scotland and Wales - are much worse! Our once Christian Nation, founded on the principles of Holy Scripture, is now a quagmire of filthy practice, Sodomy, and ‘multi-faith’ error!
Sincere Christian believers, in contrast to present social values, are labelled ’spoil-sports’, ’good-living geeks’, and ‘total weirdoes’!
The apostasy of Annas, and his son-in-law the Jewish high priest Caiaphas, in today’s Bible reading is ’…in these last days…’ mirrored in many denominations of the established British churches! Drunkenness, greed; paedophilia; and blatant homosexuality are some of the deviant traits and open clerical practices that are threatening to split The Church of England!
Such apostate clergy do not worship and honour the Holy King Jesus, but are out-and-out ‘…lovers of their own selves… covetous… proud… blasphemers…unholy…without natural affection (sexually deviant) …despisers of those that are good…traitors…high-minded…having a form of godliness (a dead ritualistic religion!), but denying the power thereof (Spiritually unregenerate!): from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
The Lord God in Holy wrath cries: “Come ye out from among them! Be ye separate! Touch not the unclean thing! And I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
The spirit of apostasy manifested in our Bible reading today, ‘…Took Jesus and bound Him, and led Him away…’ that they might Crucify Him. They too sought to treat Christ Jesus as an other-worldly weirdo. God is not mocked. On the Judgement Day - we ‘weirdoes’’ in Christ shall be saved. Take heart, sound Bible-believing Christian!
Thought: God hath chosen His ‘weirdoes’’ to confound the worldly wise!