Preacher's Pulpit by Dr. Joe Tims

What Has Happened To America?

Judges 21:25

"In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."

INTRODUCTION

What has gone wrong?

What has happened to this enlightened world of ours?

Frightening statistics point to the breakdown of law, moral responsibility and even conscience in our world.

We don't have standards any more or even feel we should.

I believe we need a fixed standard, a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong.

We need a dependable standard for right living.

There is no better starting point for understanding right living than the Word of God.

We must get back to the Word of God (the only true rules for right living).

(Prov 14:12) "There Is a Way Which Seemeth Right unto a Man, but the End Thereof Are the Ways of Death."

God has not left us to decide WHAT is right, but only to choose to WALK the path He has marked for us.

(1 John 1:7) "But If We Walk in the Light, as He Is in the Light, We Have Fellowship One with Another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son Cleanseth Us from All Sin."

Notice:

I. We Are Living In Perilous Times

(2 Tim 3:1) "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."

A. "Perilous" times, that is, "difficult, hard to deal with."

B. "Perilous" this is the same word used in Matt 8:28 to describe the Gadarene demoniac (exceeding fierce)

C. Because people will believe the "doctrines of demons" (1 Tim 4:1 ff)

D. America has become a "demonic graveyard" just as in Gadara.

E. There has been a breakdown of law and moral responsibility with the searing of our conscience.

II. Self Love is Throne of Most Hearts

(2 Tim 3:2-4) "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;"

A. True affection has almost disappeared.

B. Unnatural affection has prevailed.

C. "Incontinent" means "intemperate"

D. "Fierce" means "savage," and savage conduct is certainly evident today.

E. "Heady" means "reckless"; and we surely live in a reckless age.

F. Look at the carelessness of human lives . . Drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.

III. Feel Good Religion

(2 Tim 3:5-8) "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (8) Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith."

A. There is plenty of religion, but it is mere imitation, a form of godliness without the life changing power of God.

(Matt 7:22-23) "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

B. Peter said:

(1 Peter 1:18-19) "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"

C. There is still plenty of religion, but little life changing born again preaching!

D. Satan is an imitator, and his imitation gospel and church has spread in these last days.

E. The departing from the faith that Paul taught in 2 Thess 2 is upon us today.

Conclusion:

(Col 3:1-4) "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."

Are you trusting Christ for Salvation?

Are you Living for Christ?

Are you following the docrtines of demons?