August 2nd, 2012
I just finished a seven month Wednesday evening Bible study here at Grace Baptist Church from II Timothy 3:1-17. The crowds were often jam packed and overflowing as we looked at our times through the prism of II Timothy 3. The outline for our study was broken down this way:
1. Perils That Are Ruinous.
(II Tim. 3:1-4)
2. Powerlessness That Is In Religion.
(II Tim. 3:5-9)
3. Preachers That Are Real.
(II Tim. 3:10-13)
4. Pages That Are Right.
(II Tim. 3:14-17)
In this timely study we were reminded of both the dangers facing and discernment needed by the believer, in the last days of the church age. In these perilous days in which we are living with church growth philosophies that bring more and more of the world into the church, and with the prevalence of watered-down preaching in our pulpits today, I wonder how many Christians even know how close our times mirror II Timothy 3? I also wonder how many of us would stand for the truth in the face of persecution if and when it comes to us here in America? Dr. J. M. Carroll wrote the historically accurate booklet “The Trail of Blood”. This famous work lets us know that we come from a real heritage of people who have paid a price with their blood that we might have the Bible and preach its truth today.
In the perilous “Every Man Does That Which Is Right In His Own Eyes” mentality of today, we need to treasure the truth and preach Bible doctrine. We should not be ashamed of our heritage as conservative, Bible believing Christians. We need to identify ourselves with sound doctrine in this age of pluralism.
When the compromising age we live in, brings more and more uncertainty to our families and our churches we need to stick with the Bible. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus, and remain true to our sacred heritage.
Stay on course my friend! Jesus is coming again!