Imposters. Evildoers. People wearing the appearance of godliness, but denying the very power of God. These are all signs of the end days during which darkness and evil prevails. While Paul wrote about this over two thousand years ago, we are seeing the type of people he described in our world. However, in the face of such moral decline and wickedness among humanity, what should we as Christians be doing? How do we respond and live in the midst of these types of people?
The world is a dark place. Our moral culture is sliding and people are getting closer and closer to doing whatever is right in their own eyes. In America, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in cultural norms as families have broken apart, moral standards have loosened, and disunity has riddled our nation. However, none of this has taken God by surprise! In fact, He warns us through the Apostle Paul that difficult days are coming during which time sin would run rampant in people’s hearts. Here’s what Paul writes in 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. Avoid such people.”