Now the Spirit clearly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith and pay attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.1 Timothy 4:1–3 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
When reading this, it may seem like we are not really close to the last of the last days. Read it again, and see if some things don’t seem eerie.
Some will depart from the faith and pay attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. With increasing frequency, I meet more and more people who proudly declare themselves to be ex-Christians. Saying such a thing really does demonstrate they never really were. They fell away. We also have many politicians who will extol their bonafides as to being Christian. However, the ideas these offer are far outside of reasonable Christianity.
Speaking lies in hypocrisy. The mantra of the day. Don’t judge. Be tolerant. Celebrate diversity. Often these things espoused by the culture have caveats. Don’t judge, unless it’s judging Christians. Be tolerant of all ideas except Christianity. Celebrate diversity, as long as it doesn’t include a cross.
Having their consciences seared with a hot iron. We have people clamoring for the abortion of babies after they are born. Then there is the whole mess of gender identity. I need to say no more of seared consciences.
Forbidding to marry. With increasing fervor, it is difficult to talk reasonably about marriage as one man and one woman is the way to procreate. This is what God made.
Commanding to abstain from foods, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. The threat of global warming is being used to curb meat consumption, especially beef. We cannot bring peanuts into schools. Gluten is verboten.
These are the ideas foisted upon us by the culture with politicians quickly passing laws to cement these ideas as if jurisprudence is the standard or morality.
What say you?