W. Austin Gardner
Selfish, Self-absorbed, Self-lovers
II Timothy 3:1 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,
This generation will be the "me generation!" What could be so important as me and mine?
Taking care of number 1 is their goal in life!
What do so many modern churches major in today, self-esteem, self-worth, positive self-image?
Humanity has turned inward into himself.
Adrian Rogers said, "A very prominent feminist wrote this, and I quote: "We must destroy love." Can you imagine anyone saying that? "We must destroy love." And, here's what she says: "Love: an institution by definition, which is generally recognized as approval and acceptance. Love promotes vulnerability, dependence, possessiveness, susceptibility to pain, and prevents the full development of a woman's human potential by directing all her energies outward in the interest of others." Can you imagine a person saying that? "We must destroy love." She says, "What you need to do is to forget about directing your energies outward, forget about such things as taking care of children, loving your husband, being a good citizen, doing unto others as you would have others do unto you." 1
These perilous days will include entirely self-centered people. They love themselves instead of God. They focus on themselves, what makes them comfortable and happy.
They put themselves before everything and everyone else. They decide what they will or will not do and consider not what God might say or think. Their world revolves around them. The only valid question, for them, is how does it affect me!
They become their god. They do what they feel or think is right.
Their will becomes the center of the universe, taking precedence over all else.
Men have fallen in love with themselves. They are on the throne of their life.
They find their identity in themselves and not the Lord Jesus Christ.
He overvalues himself while undervaluing others.
What is to be the Christian attitude?
We are not to seek our own, insist on our way, force ourselves or our way on others. I Corinthians 13:5
We are to die to self! Mark 8:34 -36
We are not to live for ourselves. II Corinthians 5:15
We are to esteem others as better than ourselves. Philippians 2:3
We are not to live our lives but to allow Christ to live His life through us Galatians 2:20
1 Adrian Rogers, "These Issues We Face," in Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive (Signal Hill, CA: Rogers Family Trust, 2017), 2 Ti 3:1–17.
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