2 Timothy 3:1 Like Never Before

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

When I became a believer, back in the late seventies, passages like this one were the talk of the church. The songs, the Christian films, the sermon series, it seemed, were all surrounded around this subject. It seems like the urgency of the last days has waned over the years I have been a Christian. Churches have become more application oriented, help oriented, comfort and encouragement oriented, counsel oriented. For good or for bad, though we would all still agree that these are the last days, that hasn’t been the hot topic of preaching. 

Perhaps that’ll change. 

I am not sure what will be the eventual outcome of this virus and the subsequent shut down of everything, including churches. 

  • I’ve been reminded that Baptist churches historically never sought government permission to do what we do. We were almost always the target of governments because we preached separation of church and state. 
  • I’ve been reminded why, when I began as a Christian, we didn’t pass out directories of church members. 
  • I’ve been reminded that the course of this world is toward a one world, anti-God system. And

I have seen how quickly such a thing can come to pass. 

Whether these are the final hours of the last days, I cannot say. It is possible we will pull out of this tailspin into catastrophe to an amazing revival. I pray so. 

What I do think is worth noting, and bears no speculation, is that this chapter, that begins with a warning of perilous times, ends with an assurance that every Word of Scripture is God breathed and profitable.[1]

We need to read, study and meditate upon it today like never before!

[1] 2 Timothy 3-16-17 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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