Perilous Times Shall Come (2 Tim 3:1)

Apostle Paul warns us in 2 Timothy 3:1 that perilous times will come in the last days.

We already know of the condition of natural humanity from reading Romans chapter one:

And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 1:28-32

Now, we learn the condition of people in the “professing church, which seems similar to the condition of general humanity:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

We already knew that things for the “church” will deteriorate as the rapture – and by extension the tribulation period – approach:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Thessalonians 2:3

Still, the character of people within the so-called “church” seems dismal.

Lovers of their own selves.
Disobedient to parents.
Without natural affection.
False accusers.
Despisers of those that are good.
Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
Resist the truth.
Men of corrupt minds.
Reprobate concerning the faith

Apostle Paul gives explicit direction to true believers: “From such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5).