"Perilous Times Will Come"

The Apostle Paul, prophesied in 2 Timothy;
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power."  
"But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."       2 Timothy 1: 13
"Perilous times" have come.

While the U.S. treads water with an unsustainable national debt, the world is on the brink of bankruptcy. Wars rage, and rumors of future wars lurk in the back of our collective minds.  Who will run Egypt? Another Iranian style despot to ignite and complete the caliphate throughout the Mideast?  What will happen when Iran gets nuclear weapons, or will Israel intervene first, and what are those consequences to the world? What are the consequences for the U.S. if we continue as allies with Israel, and greater, what happens if we move further down the path of not supporting Israel?  Earthquakes shake the world with seemingly greater and greater frequencies. Storms, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Super Volcanoes, Tsunamis make regular news like no other time in history, disease is rampant, with new strains of viruses always lurking.  While poverty (and government corruption) leaves much of the world in hunger, world elite deflate currency and get richer and richer. The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink. The church for the most part in the U.S., has a "form of power", but little difference is seen between the church and unchurched. False teachers with their doctrines of demons abound, and "gay churches" hardly raise an eyebrow to the world, or to orthodoxy.
With over 50 million abortions in the U.S. alone since Roe vs. Wade is there any doubt that we have become "brutal, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, despisers of good, unholy, and blasphemers"?
"What's in it for me" seems to be the mantra of the day, and I am not surprised with the weak and watered down preaching that comes from much of today's ministers, pastors, etc. The lack of true moral leadership and courage from the pulpit is breathtaking. Yet billions are starving to hear the Word.  It isn't a stretch to see that the whole world could soon turn on Israel.  The diligent among us watch as the United Nations plots and plans to disintegrate national sovereignty.  Perilous times have come.  Political correctness rips out our national soul, teaching us what we can and cannot say, while the delta smelt stop jobs, and destroy both families and food supply. Bridges to nowhere are built, and government schools hand out condoms to children under 12, and God Almighty speaks to us daily, but do we read His Word, do we have reverent fear of Him?
Secularist pound the television and radio airwaves all day long, decrying all of our problems, Left vs. Right, Republican vs. Democrat, Rich vs. Poor, Black vs.White, Gay vs.Church, English vs.Spanish, Mexican vs. American, Capitalism vs. Socialism, Male vs. Female...Divide and Conquer, 24/7
The questions the pundits and professors, the politicians and the pop stars never bring up is: What does our Creator say?  Who is our Creator? There is no problem He cannot solve, but the nations do not ask, and scorn others who do. They suppress the truth, that they, like all of us will stand before His throne, and give account for our actions.  They mistakenly and conveniently believe Darwin answered those questions more than 100 years ago.  Ninety-Eight percent of all media look for man centered answers, for man created problems, and within our omniscient selves we unconsciously proclaim ourselves gods. After all, we are the "Master of our own destiny" we have been told by the media, and the learned, swayed by our own corrupt flesh. Our schools have taught us that we all self evolved randomly over million of years, with scarcely a shred of evidence to support those claims.  We are not so much a godless society, indeed, we are religious folk, but by what we say and don't say, we deify ourselves and worship at the alter of entertainment. 
It isn't due to a lack of evidence for a Creator that we do not bow down before Him, and seek His ways it is in spite of it.  "Always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" describes the secularists and the elite in the U.S.  "Christian America" does not exist anymore, if perception is reality at least, it saddens me to say. Many Muslims look at America and see "the Great Satan", and able to point to rampant sin. Too bad they don't see what the author of this quote saw in the early 1800's:

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her fertile fields and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.
So the question for me isn't, what is Egypt going to do? What is Israel going to do?  What is Obama going to do and will the Republicans restore America to greatness again?  These are important questions, and certainly matters for prayer.  But the question for me is, what am I going to do in these last days? How am I going to live? By whose morality, and by whose authority, my own? God forbid. You see, the gospel is still a personal decision, and still changes hearts.  The cross still offers forgiveness, and the Word of God still transforms. That is my hope.  That is our only true hope.
Indeed, perilous times have come, but I still believe in that Old Rugged Cross and I am going to cling to it, I hope you will meet me there.

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