Evil Men and Seducers (2 Tim 3:13)

Perilous times for the so-called “professing church” come with terrible people running the religious order (2 Tim 3:1-9). This dangerous condition of “the church” will certainly set the stage for The Beast. That character has religious origins and his behavior will seem to have religious overtones, even as he sits in the temple.

Apostle Paul has more to say about the days leading up to the Rapture and the Tribulation. For three verses, he briefly testifies of his experiences (2 Tim 3:10-11) and minimizes them. He suggests the ordinary nature of his circumstances. At the end of the day, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim 3:12)

Persecution for the godly runs as a common theme throughout scripture, so Paul is most likely speaking of the present time. Still, his foreboding words also speak of the future. No one who lives godly will escape persecution. Ever.

Evil Men and Seducers

After mentioning persecution, Paul drifts back into thoughts about the last days:

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:13

Right now, we focus on evil, as in the phrase, “Evil men.” What does the Apostle mean when he speaks of evil men?

These men are evil in that they are:

Bad.

These people are not only passively bad, but actively bad. They are modern “activists,” promoting the worst possible perversions of humanity.

The nature of their bad nature prevents them from sitting idle. Their condition motivates them to take action. They must exhibit their bad character, but infect others with it.

Perhaps that explains why some describe this badness as “malignant.” It spreads baseness throughout the church and society. The evil men who will worsen as the rapture approaches act as a cancer and the enemy of everyone and everything we might consider “good.”

Unsurprisingly, elsewhere in scripture, the underlying word rendered here as “evil” applies also to Satan (who is “bad”) and demons.

The word “bad” should be used carefully because it means something very terrible, not just something slightly bad like people usually say.

More about Evil

Already, we know the thorough corruption of the evil people who will worsen as the Latter Days progress. These people have a satanic nature which spreads like cancer among the “professing church” and general society. What else should we know about this evil?

Sad

Can you find even one happy evil person? Probably not, especially as 2 Timothy 2:13 uses the word.

As servants of both their animal nature and of Satan, these people live sad lives on the inside and out.

Still, as pitiable as they may be, no good people should try to show compassion to these evil ones.

Morally Bankrupt

To re-emphasize the nature of these “evil men,” you must know they are “morally reprehensible” (Kittel).

Other Characteristics

These evil people:

  • Bring trouble. They are hurtful. You cannot (and should not try to) negotiate or associate with them.
  • Unattractive. Watch the people who serve Satan. Especially observe the prominent satanists of our time. They all have a devilish ugliness about them. No one other than their evil fellows find them attractive.
  • Have no desire to do good. No one can force these people to conform to either godly or moral standards.
  • Politically reprehensible (Kittel). We lack the time to delve into this phrase. You can, however, look at our politicians and their politics. Are they not reprehensible? Organized religion has the same character. Those who lead the world’s denomination are equally reprehensible, but even more so because they corrupt God’s Word and damn souls to Hell.
  • They cause temptation and suffering.
  • They make inappropriate and contentious demands of God.
  • These evil people see Jesus and His followers as evil. Indeed, they teach that all good is evil. They promote all evil as desirable and mandatory.