A Critical Appraisal of Our Times

2 Timothy 3:1-13

Need a picture of just how hopeless and empty society really is? Just glance over 2 Timothy 3. Within the first thirteen verses, I find three undeniable descriptions of our world: difficult, depraved, and deceived.

The first verse refers to our times as “difficult.” One version renders the word perilous (KJV). Another translates it terrible (NIV). The Greek root word means “grievous, harsh, fierce, savage.” It is used only one other time in the New Testament. In Matthew 8:28, it appears when the writer describes two men with demons as being “extremely violent.” What an apt description of our world! Savage, harsh, violent. If you question that, if you need proof that that is no exaggeration, check this morning’s news on the Web or listen to the evening news. Both will convince you our “village” is in desperate straits.

Further in the passage, we read of two men from the days of Moses as representatives of people in these “difficult” times. “Depraved” is the word to describe them (2 Timothy 3:8). It means humanity is as bad off spiritually as it can possibly be. Dead toward God. Unmoved by anything spiritual. Hard-hearted and dark within. Depravity is a universal disease in society. And we are reaping what we have sowed.

Now let’s look at the third descriptive term. It will not surprise you to read these words: “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (3:13). The last word is the one to notice: “deceived.”

Remember yesterday’s post, titled “Keeper of the Spring,” and the necessity to keep the village spring clean? Today’s “village” is a place where impostors flourish. Rip-off experts flood every profession. Religious charlatans are here as well. Many politicians speak smoothly from both sides of their mouths. No one can deny the phony-baloney facade of ads and fads. And Scripture is right; society proceeds “from bad to worse.” Remove “the spring” of life from the village—take away the salt and the light—and within a brief time, “the village” becomes a diseased cesspool of contamination.

Technically, there can be only one “keeper of the spring”: Jesus Christ, the Lord. But we, His servants, His representative ambassadors, have been commissioned to carry on until His return. We, His servants, are assigned to the task. But how can the job be done? We’ll talk about that in the posts to come.

Taken from Improving Your Serve by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 1981 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.