Contradicting the Glory of God

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For the righteous, society can produce immense frustration and grief, morally speaking (cf. 2 Pet. 2.8).  The sins of our time may or may not be any more daunting than at other epochs in human history (redemptive history), but the conscience numbing effects are quite the same in all ages.  The problem with the society of Adam’s race is: sin!  Sin has been defined as transgressing God’s Law (1 John 3.4), missing the mark, moral depravity etc.  But all sin at the end of the day is summed up as falling short of the glory of God and indeed living in contradiction to it (Rom. 3.23).  As we look around our culture, we see a clear catalogue of sins which rise up all around us like a deluge of evil that threatens to sweep us away to perdition and destruction.  This flood of iniquity should not surprise us, in fact, the world should be surprised that we do not join them in their pursuit of fleeting pleasures of sin (1 Pet. 4.4).  But we should also not be surprised by the world’s debauchery because God gave us fair warning, a unique and detailed warning of what evil will look like in these last days and what the implications of such sins produce.  Commenting on 2 Timothy 3:1-9 John Piper has produced this helpful list of these “last days” sins and their many implications:

  • Verse 2: “For people will be lovers of self (narcissistic),
  • lovers of money (materialistic),
  • proud (loving to draw attention to their accomplishments),
  • arrogant (with an inflated view of self),
  • abusive (wanting to be verbally hurtful),
  • disobedient to their parents (having a rebellious spirit),
  • ungrateful (assuming that they have a right to the things they get),
  • unholy (indifferent to the attitudes and acts that reflect the value of Jesus),
  • heartless (unable to sympathize or empathize),
  • unappeasable (unwilling to forgive),
  • slanderous (devilishly distorting what other say and do),
  • without self-control (a slave to their appetites),
  • brutal (dead to all tenderness),
  • not loving good (unable to see and savor moral beauty),
  • treacherous (breaking promises for their own advantage),
  • reckless  (craving admiration for taking risks),
  • swollen with conceit (blind to the ugliness of self-preoccupation and the beauty of admiring others),
  • lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (finding more satisfaction in physical titillation than in the divine admiration),
  • having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power (using religion for personal gain without treasuring Christ above all).” (2 Timothy 3:2–5).

Pray over these and thank God that He has given such an in depth commentary on the futility of our times; this is for our everlasting good.  Indeed thank Him, learn from Him, grow in His grace and do not rather resent Him that you are part of these fallen last days.

Soli Deo Gloria