The Depth of Western Apostasy…The West in Prophecy pt 6

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,( 2 Timothy 3:1-6)

Paul warned us, and has been warning us for centuries through the Epistles of the perils of the last days.

What makes the last days so dangerous?

According to Paul, the peril comes about, because of  what happens in the souls of people. “Men shall be Lovers of Self…”, and all that flows out of that position.

I believe that all of scripture has a universal application, unless otherwise noted, these particular warnings are descriptive of all men from all walks of life.

However I also believe that scriptures such as these are uniquely applicable to a specific group of people, ones who had formerly known a better way, (otherwise it would be unremarkable to say that they “Loved Self…” and all of the rest of this description.)

The people he is describing here are people who would have at one time known that excessive love of Self is a vice, not a virtue. The description seems to presuppose that at one time this people knew better, but turned away from their former knowledge.

Another clue is that in spite of this list of reprehensible vices and ominous characteristics, the people He is talking about still hold to a “form of godliness” though they deny it’s power. This people he warns of, come from people who once knew something of piety and devotion to God. They may still go to church, but they do not believe in the power of God to change a life as their forefathers once did.

 

To me this is an apt prophetic warning which is a description of much of the characteristics of people of the West. (I am sure this passage is broader in scope, but that is partly because the West has been so influential in the modern world, the rest of the World imitates our fads, modes of entertainment , love of Sports, and even our coarsened, “in your face” kind of culture.

It was only within the last 100 plus years  or so, that the pseudo science of Psychology began to develop in Europe and then eventually to spread over to America. Psychology claims to be the study of the soul, which traditionally in the west, was considered the province of religion.

Psychology’s earliest proponents were atheists and in some cases were avidly antiChristian.  However their claims to “scientific insight” into the soul were widely accepted by millions, who submitted to psychological counseling, or who enrolled in the new courses on Psychology and Psychiatry which were springing up at every college and University in the Western world.

The Psychological teaching on the Self, was in direct conflict with Christian teaching.

Christ taught that inordinate self love stood in the way of Loving God, and love of neighbor.Self, as an independent entity before God, was to be denied, chastened, not trusted, sought or exalted.

Psychology teaches the opposite; the great goal of life is to “discover ourselves”, “find ourselves”, develop “Self Esteem” , Put others ahead of self, and love others as much as you already love yourself. We are to seek God, and the will of God, not self.

But various schools of Psychology teach that all men have deep issues, maladies, even psychosis’ because of early trauma, and a subsequent lack of self Love and esteem.

Man has always been selfish, but western man and any others with any exposure to the gospels, have known that it is utterly wrong to put Self first or to seek “Self Esteem”. Self pampering or self preference was something discouraged and even seen as shameful, something to hide, downplay or even to eschew.

It has only been recently, in our lifetimes, due to the overwhelming acceptance of the heresy of Psychology, that open Self Love has been celebrated and encouraged. Humility was seen as a virtue, something to be cultivated. It is hard to calculate how toxic this has been to the West and even to the church in the West.

What happens when men are encouraged constantly, to indulge in Self Love,to openly pursue selfish aspirations and told to always remain true to self at any cost? Something like Paul’s description in 2 Timothy 3.

Even the church collapsed against the onslaught and so called “respectability” of Psychology,  referring counselees to certified Psychological professionals, and opening Psych departments in Church Universities.

Apostate ministers acted as though godless humanists such as Freud, Maslow, Adler, and Erickson, were going to be able to give us insights into human personality that even Jesus and the Apostles didn’t know.  This is how the Western church seriously denied Christ, in the face of “academic” respectability, just as they denied Him earlier in the days of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary heresy.

We see this in the “Church Growth Movement”, which on its own terms has been a wildly successful endeavor, building “Mega Churches” by virtually creating a “the customer is always right” mentality in Church, deliberately catering to the Self Love of Modern (carnal) churchgoers. Everything about this movement is calculated to appeal to the constituency, the churchgoer, who is treated as a religious consumer.

But what is a church?  Isn’t the primal directive of the LORD of the church, to “Take up your cross and deny Yourself”?

We have seen Western entrepreneurial and advertising genius (mis)applied to Christian worship, and though on worldly terms it is a smashing success, in terms of the Kingdom of God, it is a disaster!

We in the west have undergone a real revolution, something as radically antiChristian as any we have ever seen, it is the “Self Revolution”, men now Love self, they “seek themselves” , take “Selfies” and broadcast all of their thoughts no matter how trivial, on Social Media.

This “love of Self” has caused some men to become feminine, in their inordinate concern for their looks and clothing. It has emboldened the perverse and resentful as they throw off the shame which once inhibited them, and flaunt their shame in public.

Columbus Ohio hosted a “Gay Pride” event today. More than a hundred thousand people came to watch the “Parade”, a good many of them, Parents with children. What Perversions those children were exposed to, would have been unthinkable for anyone to have to see, a few short decades ago. Several area (apostate) churches participated to show their “unconditional Love”(another Psychologucal heresy which has ruined the Western moral status) for the degenerates.

This is what happens when men are encouraged to Love themselves, without any reference to God, self denial or neighbor.

The AntiChrist, in the final expression of man’s rebellion against God, is described in these terms,

“He will exalt Self above all that is called God or that is worshipped, showing himself that he is God…”( 2 Thess 2)

Please come quickly LORD Jesus!

 

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14 Responses to The Depth of Western Apostasy…The West in Prophecy pt 6

  1. mellany E McKenzie says:

    Marantha!
    Can I pls. ask a question.
    What does the last part mean?
    … For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,( 2 Timothy 3:1-6)
    R women more susceptible to sin?
    Do we follow men more than God?
    The whole passage is sobering to me b/c I came out of the whole New Apostolic Reformation thing and Toronto Blessing Church curse.
    It is so easy to be led astray.
    Right now my husband and I listen to Pastor Mike Warren’s church online
    We have tried different ones in r area but we just never seem to belong.
    Pastor Mike Warren acknowledges us and we pray and support him but I sometimes wonder if it is me and cannot we not fit into a church?
    Thank u for answering
    In Christ
    Mellany

    • Marleen says:

      Mellany,

      I don’t think women are more prone spiritually or mentally to sin, as you asked (although I recognise you didn’t ask me). However, women have historically and even now had (and have) fewer options and less autonomy in life. Women who would end up (whether by force, trickery, or choice) in a following of this kind of men (and we can notice that it is referring to men — so said men are already sinners in the scenario and not more so than women), are in great danger of being silly (because of being too influenced or even controlled by the men referenced), if some of the women involved are not already silly. We might care as a culture not to leave women blindly vulnerable to such men (men traditionally being leaders) or men blindly vulnerable to being like those men. So, those with faith in God should be motivated to speak up when selfish philosophies are propagated (sometimes in the name of being Christian as we have seen with Austrian economics for one example, and the descent of psychology down to a common denominator of right and wrong in your life being a matter of whether you can afford it and the fact that you have little responsibility to others).

      • Marleen says:

        Correction to my post, which I posted mistakenly this way: … who would end up (whether by force, trickery, or choice) in a following of this kind of men (and we can notice that it is referring to men — so said men are already sinners in the scenario, and not more so than women), are in great danger of being [or becoming] silly (because of being too influenced or even controlled by the men referenced)…

        SHOULD BE … following of this kind of men (and we can notice that it is referring to men — so said men are already sinners in the scenario, and not less so than women), [who are] are in danger …

        OR … already sinners in the scenario, and women not more so than men …

    • Jeanne T. says:

      I believe women are more susceptible to being deceived by Satan, as happened with Eve. But God clearly held Adam responsible since he was to be watching over and caring for his wife. There is a view that Adam stood by saw this happen, and did not intervene. We do not know because we weren’t there, but either way, it was “Adam’s sin” that was passed down to us. Death came by one man. They both suffered the consequences, and so has every human born since.

      However, I believe God has also given women the unique gift spiritual discernment, which is our protection against deception. It is the Lord who gives us wisdom if we abide in His Word. He is our husband and protector. Many women do not have husbands to lead them spiritually. I do think women are often more spiritually attuned and interested in spiritual matters than men. (This is not to to say that believing men do not have discernment, because discernment comes from the Holy Spirit, and each believer is indwelt with the Holy Spirit from the moment of conversion. We are to be led by the Spirit, not by sight (i.e., the flesh)).

      James 1:14 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” 2 Timothy 3:6 should be understood in the context of verses 1-5. The “silly” or “foolish” women aren’t being forcibly taken captive, but they are already weighed down with lust and sin, and are so drawn away, and those drawing them away, i.e., leading them “captive”, do so in a stealth manner, i.e., they “creep” in; they creep into the church. They take advantage of weakness and sinful desires, and the desire to hear what tickles our ears. False doctrine is often very subtle. So is deception, and we are seeing a massive download of deception (doctrinal and otherwise) today. This Psalm 2. There are many, many distractions that would take us away from our first love.

      Here’s a word search from Strong’s Greek lexicon, which might give you some insight into 2 Tim. 3:6. I always like to go back to the original languages, which I find helpful to amplify the meaning of Biblical passages. The Bible was not written in English.

      “creep”:
      1744. enduno en-doo’-no from 1772 and 1416; to sink (by implication, wrap (compare 1746) on, i.e. (figuratively) sneak:–creep.

      162. aichmaloteuo aheekh-mal-o-tew’-o from 164; to capture (like 163):–lead captive.

      1133. gunaikarion goo-nahee-kar’-ee-on a diminutive from 1135; a little (i.e. foolish) woman:–silly woman.

      “laden”: 4987. soreuo sore-yoo’-o from another form of 4673; to pile up (literally or figuratively):–heap, load.

      • Marleen says:

        An example of women already being foolish who then are swept away by men who creep in (as I’ve pointed out, men who are sinners themselves and looking for weak people) —
        and take advantage — is the ideology that there can be nothing unsafe about marrying and not having a career, so long as you have a sense of self-esteem or positive-thinking and realize how valuable you are as a woman asked by a man to marry him. (I’m not making this up, I watched Molyneux [a right wing guy promoted here] talk this way on his online video show* where he often displays his lack of humility). And this is a topic where “the right” can have multiple personalities simultaneously. Don’t marry for money; do marry for money; it’s your fault if you didn’t marry money; it’s your fault if a man [no matter how much money he has] does what some men do and leaves you or doesn’t provide or is abusive. Burdens are heaped up on women.

        [* Despite the fact most of what he puts “out there” is silly (last time I looked), there is one video he did that I liked. He didn’t make excuses for Milo Yiannopoulos (who had a different birth name — in the U.K. — and I don’t know if he’s an American citizen although he has American fans [right-wingers], including people who became his apologists) in the realm of hebephilia/pedophilia/ephebophilia. Instead, Molyneux called him out on it in no uncertain terms; he seems to be quite solid on that subject matter and how children are treated in general.]

    • billrandles says:

      Mellany I am sorry, I missed your question. The passage in 2 Timothy 3:1-6 warns of woman’s vulnerability to deception, and not just sin overall. Eve was seduced by Satan, but Adam was just an open rebel sinner. Therefore His sin was greater, and God came to him first when the couple fell. The last days will be characterized in -art by deceivers gaining access to households(Television,internet) and introducing heresies, seductive, emotion laden doctrines, spiritual experiences. Those who think primarily emotionally, will fall prey to these deceivers, be they “Silly women”(Backslidden) or men who think like women in that state, of which there are as many- I am so glad you and your husband came out of the NAR, I have written a few books about that twenty years ago- WEIGHED AND FOUND WANTING; Putting the Toronto Blessing in context, BEWARE THE NEW PROPHETS; a Caution Regarding the Prophetic Movement, and MENDING THE NETS; Themes and Commentary of first John Grow in Grace sister

  2. RL says:

    The “Gay” homosexual parades (and those cheering them) always bring to mind Isaiah 5:18-20. Pas. Bill, once again you are spot on when describing the poisonous effects of psychology and self love. I dont know ANY Christians who have not bought into that nonsense. I don’t know about the other people that read this blog but with each passing day my heart longs and aches for the Lord’s appearing.

  3. Elizabeth Walker says:

    Pastor Bill, I am so thankful to the Lord that you have posted this article right now and quite taken aback at the timing. It says SO much in just a page and absolutely supplies a need I have at the moment to contend for biblical truth in the area of teaching ‘Christian psychology’ to teen-agers i.e. self-esteem and self-love. This has been a great encouragement to me from the Lord.

  4. Pastor I had something very similiar to this that I was thinking about writing, and may still if God so leads…..But as always I think you articulated the truth of Paul’s inspired words to Timothy very well.
    That one verse has so much in it to unpack. Very, very well done sir…….(double very, you know what that means LOL)

  5. Pat Hanna says:

    “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith the earth?” Luke 18:8
    While my heart longs for true revival of the church in America, I fear it is not to be. My prayer is that our hearts may remain faithful, and not be caught up in the last-days deceptions that plague the churches.

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