But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these. —2 Tim. 3:1-5
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
A time of great struggle will arise as we enter the last days. Like an inescapable whirlpool, dragging all nations down into itself. As we move into a time of great moral confusion, those who want to live upright before God will find it hard to survive. Common sense, and the most basic understandings of right and wrong, will collapse. Society will fall back into the dark period, like the days of Noah, before the flood, when “men did that which was right in their own eyes.” The clear distinctions between the moral standards of the world verses those of the Bible, will also dissolve, and confusion will flood the Church.
“As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” —Matthew 24:38
The Collapse of Reason…
There is one basic shift in the Christian worldview, which will open the floodgates to allow the collapse of reason. It will be a major paradigm shift from a God-centered view of morality to a man-centered view of morality. In other words, the basic concept of right and wrong will be determined by what individuals want rather than what God commands. Increasingly morality is being determined by what appeals to people, rather than the claims of God, as they are laid out in scripture. So far as it relates to this era of moral confusion, it is quite apparent by now, that we have fallen within the grip of Biblical prophecy. Paul precisely quantifies the root of moral collapse by leading off his commentary with this observation: “For men will be lovers of self…” While the events of ecological and political upheavals may be debated, as signs of the end times, the degrading of moral certainty is blatantly apparent.
TODAY this paradigm shift is manifest among Christians in 2 basic moral failures: Addiction To Acceptance and Fear Of Making Judgments.
Addiction To Acceptance…
The reasonable principle of Acceptance is simple: Acceptance should be based in Acceptability. If you want to be accepted learn to be acceptable. But because acceptance has morphed into the need for approval, we have a big dilemma. People want to enjoy the benefits of acceptance from others because acceptance makes them feel approved by others. They can even deceive themselves that they are righteous, when others give them acceptance, even though their actions are unacceptable and undeserving of acceptance. But they refuse to disassociate from unacceptable behavior, and then raise the accusation of discrimination when their actions are rejected, or even questioned. In simple terms, people are demanding that their behavior be considered as off-limits to evaluation, while they themselves are given full approval. Increasingly, people are actually believing they have a basic right to acceptance, and crave it, without being responsible to fulfill any standards of acceptability or achievement. Acceptance today is used as a kind of whitewash for unrepented sin. This error is compounded among Christians who want acceptance from man while their acceptability before God is kept free from evaluation. As a result they fall prey to the “fear of man”. They become emotionally addicted to the opinions of others, which are fickle, when it is the opinion of God is that really matters.
Matt. 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Prov. 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare…
Giving people acceptance without any discretion, has become the new way of “showing love”. A right to acceptance, without reservation, is what many Christians have come to expect as a show of love. They also believe they have a right to be protected from rejection. They have extended the meaning of ‘grace’ to include freedom from judgment of their behaviors. Most Christians now feel pressured to “show love” towards behaviors that they should be disassociating from. And it’s all because those who practice shameful behaviors have made overlooking them a prerequisite of acceptance and love. So here we are: we can no longer love the sinner without loving the sin too.
Consider the case of Cain and Abel, the first murder. Cain is furious that his brother Able’s offering is acceptable and his isn’t. In his competitive insecurity and insatiable need for acceptance, he determines that it’s easier to kill off the competition that makes him feel inferior than to raise his own standards. God even counsels him that the solution is easy; just “do well” yourself, and you’ll be accepted. But in the murderous mind of the acceptance craver, eliminating the competition is the only answer. In the heart of Cain was born the first twisted logic of political correctness.
Gen. 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you…
God hadn’t initially reject Cain when his offering was poor. He simply explained the needed correction and gave Cain a ‘do over’. Cain was blinded by his craving for acceptance instead of being motivated by the desire for acceptability. He killed his brother out of jealousy instead of submitting himself to scrutiny. We see the same today when goofed up parents enter the Principal’s Office (sometimes with a lawyer), demanding that their misbehaving child be spared any judgment, and be extended the same privilege of acceptance as the achievers.
Find out what it takes to be accepted in God’s eyes and let everything else find its place behind that relationship. Let the Lord set the standard for your acceptability. You can survive without acceptance from people but you can’t survive rejection from God. If you’re acceptable in God’s eyes then so you’ll be in the eyes of those who matter. Tomorrow we’ll look at the second great moral failure of our time: The Fear of Making Judgments. So until then……
Stay On The Path!