Response:What is This World Coming To? Exactly What Jesus Said it Would Come To

Posted: February 28, 2016 in Politics, Religion, Uncategorized
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Every so often I hear someone say in despair, “What is this world coming to?” This kind of comment usually comes in response to a doomsday report of some kind. You know the kind I’m talking about…

Statistics show that kids are more sexualized now than ever, and that 70% of kids will have sex before graduating high school!
A new report says that 45% of Americans think that God wants them to be happy more than anything else!
A pew poll report shows that church attendance is at the lowest mark in twenty years!
Studies now indicate that the current presidential administration is the most anti-Christian administration of the modern era!
When we hear these kinds of reports and stats, our gut instinct can be to throw our hands up in despair, panic, or disgust. We are shocked at the behavior of young people these days. Shocked at the levels of immorality at universities. Shocked at the apathy of people toward spiritual things. Shocked at the spike in gay marriages. Shocked at the smut being produced by Hollywood. Shocked at the increase in sexual promiscuity in our culture. What is this world coming to?!?
Whatever happened to the good old days, when a fella could leave his car unlocked without fear of having his stereo stolen? Whatever happened to the days when kids would actually respect authority? Whatever happened to the good old days when young men and women actually treated each other with courtesy, instead of trying to sleep around with each other?

I would venture to say that many conservative television shows, and radio shows, and blogs, and podcasts, perpetuate the “what is this world coming to?” attitude. It’s not uncommon for talk radio hosts to spend three hours lamenting the decay of morals in the world.

But we shouldn’t be shocked or dismayed. The world is coming to exactly what Jesus said it would come to, and this actually gives us a lot of hope.

A GODLESS WORLD

The simple reality is, we live in a godless world. Of course, I don’t mean that there isn’t a God, or that the true and living God is not active in our world. I mean that the natural state of every person is wickedness, godlessness, and evil. It has always been this way, and it always will be this way.

In Genesis 6:5, God looked down on the earth and was grieved by what he saw:

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

God brought the great flood upon the earth because the wickedness of man was great. Every intent, every desire, every thought, bent toward evil. Doesn’t sound that different from today, does it?

Acts 17:16 says, “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” As Paul walked through the city of Athens, he became acutely aware that the city was absoutely jam packed with false gods. Athens was not a moral, upright, virtuous city. It was a city full of idolatry.

When we see evil and wickedness in the world, we shouldn’t throw our hands up in despair. We shouldn’t be shocked or surprised. Evil and wickedness is not an anomaly; it’s the norm. The evil we see in the world isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s not like things have suddenly gotten out of control in the last fifty years. Wickedness has been standard practice since Cain killed Abel.

So why does this give us hope? Hold on, I’m getting there.

IT GET’S WORSE

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but things are going to get worse. Before Jesus returns, evil and wickedness is going to increase in the world. Speaking of the last days, Jesus said:

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)

Lawlessness and wickedness and godlessness isn’t going to decrease, it’s going to increase. In fact, it’s going to increase to such a degree that many Christians will find their love for Christ going cold. Dang, son. That’s some serious, intense, lawlessness. Contrary to what the Beatles proclaimed, it’s not getting better all the time. It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11, Paul spoke of the “man of lawlessness”:

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

At some point, the “lawless one” will come, and he will come in power, with false signs and wonders. He will be so impressive, so powerful, that many unbelievers will be deceived by him. The wickedness promoted and perpetuated by the lawless one will be on a colossal, sickening scale.

It’s already bad, and it’s going to get worse. But don’t throw up your hands in despair. There’s good news.

DON’T DESPAIR

The good news is that, in spite of the wickedness which fills the world, the gospel of Jesus Christ will continue saving sinners! Yes, evil is powerful, but Jesus is more powerful! Yes, Satan prowls about like a roaring lion, but Jesus is the great lion slayer. Jesus encouraged Peter that the church would not be overcome, and would even stand against hell itself:

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

Jesus isn’t particularly concerned with the most recent Barna report, or church growth study, or the state of Hollywood. He will build his church, and there is absolutely nothing that can stop him.

Even as Jesus talked about the spike in lawlessness, he also promised that the gospel would be proclaimed in ALL nations:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

And when the big, bad, man of lawlessness appears, Jesus will take care of him too:

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

When Jesus returns, he will utterly decimate the man of lawlessness. Farewell, lawless one! King Jesus has arrived!

DON’T LOSE HOPE

Should we be concerned about increasing immorality in the schools, and on television, and in politics? Sure. Where appropriate, we should stand for righteousness. And, of course, we should instruct our kids how to think biblically about the sin they will most certainly encounter.

But if we’re constantly outraged, disgusted, discouraged, or panicked, then we haven’t come to grips with the Bible’s grim description of the world, and we aren’t fully trusting in our coming, conquering, reigning king.

Yeah it’s bad. Yeah, it’s gonna get worse. But the gospel will continue to triumph, Jesus will remain on the throne, and Jesus will finally rid the world of wickedness.

Response

My first contention is to say, who ever wrote this has to be a high school student, no adult would have written this drivel. To be fair without sounding ostententious maybe the person was a very young adult or maybe he was full of fervor and passion with no real world experience. Whatever the case this article wreaks of hyperbole.

Firstly, please throw up your hands because your immorality clause has ran out. Your litany of things you are against, your, what is the world coming to moment is very disingenuous. What you are doing is judging people who differ with you, they are correct in their claim to believe how ever they please. Lets take a look at why you’re throwing up your hands.

  1. shocked at the behavior of young people these days
  2. Shocked at the levels of immorality at universities
  3. Shocked at the apathy of people toward spiritual things
  4. Shocked at the spike in gay marriages
  5. Shocked at the smut being produced by Hollywood
  6. Shocked at the increase in sexual promiscuity in our culture

Instead of answering point by point, I will say this. The world hasn’t changed, the world has gotten better without christianity as the major influence, people are now critical thinkers. Without christianity as the influence people are allowed to be critical thinkers. could some be better or change, generations before us thought so, they also probably thought the world during there  time was going to hell in a hand basket. Instead of being narrow people have choices, they can choose how to better live there life instead of a deity they don’t know, they know what’s best for them. What you  are offering is fascist   theocracy. Churches have the right to exist as other have the right to exist. The law of the land is the constitution, not the bible! The bible should never be used to create laws, for it is for the believer to follow. And what about the revisionist decade of peacefulness youre’re speaking off when people didn’t have rights except people that were born the right color.

The being that you speak off is confusing, he creates man (mind you he’s perfect and cannot make mistakes) then repents for creating mankind then destroys mankind for a do over. The first mankind was evil, no good thoughts, what you described earlier sounds basically the same. You on the other hand is awaiting the destruction of the world. You go on to say the world is worse or has gotten or gotten worse, you even throw in some scriptures to substantiate your claim, when you’re not looking at the obvious.

Since you cherry pick, I’ll do the same 2 Cor 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God.

Say Satan is the God of this world(the name God/title is a 19th century creation)we have other proofs he is. Read Math 4:1-11 focus carefully on verse 8,9 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”

If Satan didn’t have charge he couldn’t have offered the kingdoms of the world. When prophecy  was written it was written for a certain time, the people it was was intended for! I suggest you clean your temple first, your churches. No one can seem to agree on simple doctrine. I’m pretty sure what you believe you believe it to be true…as with everyone else.

Crime has been trending downward, life has gotten better since the 16th, 17th, 18th and early 19th century, life has improved since the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s. You can have your bible and revisionist history. To cherry pick once more I live by Ecc 9 verses 7,5 7 Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already approved what you do. 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost.

I believe in the rights of individuals, justice and non aggression, and the right to coexist. You also have the right to live life as you see fitting.

Written by John the Revelator

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