II Timothy 4: (NKJV) 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
In this 21st century there is a great concern of biblical illiteracy that we see in many churches today. So many go to church, but they want to be entertained. They want to be razzled and dazzled. And they want everything except the Word of God. Have you noticed this concern and problem? One thing that has always been at the forefront of my new Ministry Grace and Truth Ministries is the teaching of God’s Word, without apology. Why is this important? Because one of the signs of the last days is apostasy.
People living in the end times are going to fall away from the faith. According to II Timothy 4, “People will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons” (verse 3). Knowing God’s Word and keeping His Word will fortify you against that.
As we get closer and closer to Christ’s return, it will be more and more difficult to be a Christian. Things are going to get spiritually darker in our world. Today in America, we live in what I would describe as a postmodern culture: anything but Christ. People are cool with whatever you want to believe; unless it is the Bible and unless it is Jesus Christ.
Then suddenly you are in trouble. Suddenly you are the discriminatory towards others. You are the narrow-minded one, You are the intolerant one, You are the hateful one. And it is just because you believe that the Bible is true, and you want to live for Jesus Christ. God will give you the strength to live this life, but you will be opposed. So whether you want to go high-tech or low-tech, read God’s Word. Know God’s Word. And more importantly, keep God’s Word, today’s message is food for thought!