• W. Austin Gardner

Conditions of the church in the last days



These conditions center around a system of denials.


There is a denial of God (Luke 17:26; 2 Tim. 3:4-5),


a denial of Christ (1 John 2:18; 1 John 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:6),


a denial of Christ’s return (2 Pet. 3:3-4),


a denial of the faith (1 Tim. 4:1-2; Jude 3),


a denial of sound doctrine (2 Tim. 4:3-4),


a denial of the separated life (2 Tim. 3:1-7),


a denial of Christian liberty (1 Tim. 4:3-4);


a denial of morals (2 Tim. 3:1-8, 13; Jude 18),


a denial of authority (2 Tim. 3:4).31


This condition at the close of the age is seen to coincide with the state within the Laodicean Church, before which Christ must stand to seek admission. In view of its close it is not surprising that the age is called an “evil age” in Scripture.


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