When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he makes the following statement: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times will come” IITim3:1.  This is not a threat, nor a pessimistic outlook, but a fact; based on the logic that follows.  Paul then gave the reason for this prophetic statement: “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’  II Tim. 3:2-4.

Perilous times, then, are the natural result of the sinfulness of mankind.  Why are we in the United States, having so much trouble and so many mass shootings and great loss of lives?  Why is there widespread disrespect of law and order?  Why is human life so cheap today in America?  The answer is obvious.  Men have become “Lovers of their own selves; more than lovers of God”.  The present condition of our country is not hard to explain at all.  Too many in high places are not concerned about anything but self, money and the power and prestige that they wield over others.  “The wages of sin is death, Rom.6:23.  This death is not just the final punishment of the wicked, but includes first of all, moral death, with all it’s  fruits of Godlessness and finally the lake of fire and brimstone “which is the second death.  The answer America is a return to a genuine love for God and mankind, and a denial of self and the lust thereof. 

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