2 Timothy 3:1-5
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. (ESV)
Every trait listed in these verses is relevant to how our society lives and conducts business. In every news story you hear, this list is usually well represented. To go back to Miss California, it would be easy to say that the critics of biblical marriage covered most of this list without even taking a breath. Charles Madoff fits this bill as well with his world-wide ponzi scheme. It isn’t hard to come up with example from only current events.
This passage from 2 Timothy concerns the biblical last days. No matter what you believe about pre-, mid- or post-tribulation rapture, it is a wake-up call for each of us to examine our faith. I would hate to find out that I had been “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”