Perilous Times

The Apostle Paul in the course of writing to Timothy and giving instruction adds to his instructions, this know also. Then he tells Timothy that in the last days Perilous times shall come. I do not think that Paul gave this information as a passing thought but as a very serious matter. Paul uses the word Perilous. This word carries with it more than just the thought of grief. It means danger and also sorrow. This being the case, it would appear to me that this is important enough to claim our attention as to the Apostles meaning.

Paul, in his letter to Timothy has encouraged him to be strong and to be faithful and teach others to be strong and faithful and to strive for masteries. Not just to do what you can but go beyond and do better, work harder, labor longer, put forth more effort than in times past. He also encourages Timothy to study to show himself approved and not to entangle himself with those that have no idea what they are talking about. The reason for this is the foundation of the Lord standeth sure having this seal, that God knows His own, those who are real and those who are not. This being the case, and it is, keep preaching the truth of the Word of God, laboring in the work of the Lord and don’t get weary in well doing.

Then Paul adds to his instruction, This know also… men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy and a long list of other things.

In the course of reading and considering each of these things that will be happening the last days the question is raised as to Why? In the midst of all of these things, and we see them happening all around us today, one stands out more so than all the rest as a reason for all of them. Let me draw your attention to the phrase in verse two, Disobedient to Parents. God ordained from the beginning a husband, wife and children; a family and gave to the husband and wife the responsibility of raising the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. That means that Dad and Mom have control over the children and are teaching them the principles and precepts of the Word of God. It is evident that in the society that we live in today parents have no control over the children. They are for the most part left to themselves to fend for themselves without any Godly instruction or influence. There is no home life, no church life, no spiritual guidance, no motherly love or fatherly concern. Children want and need parental guidance. The Proverbs teach us that a child left to himself bringeth his mother shame. There have been many parents that have asked why concerning their children. The answer is they were allowed to be disobedient to their parents, because their parents were busy doing all of the other things Paul deals with in II Timothy 3:1-5. -Bro. Forde