Global Apostasy: Shipwrecked
The God of the Universe has revealed Himself by way of a Book that He wrote.
That Book called the Bible; and it contains propositional truth from the One who calls Himself the Author of Truth.
This God explains that as the countdown to the end of days approaches, so does the level of religious deception. False teachers, proclaiming a false gospel, with false prophets, heralding false messiahs would become the norm as Jesus explained in Matthew 24:24.
And, most ominous would be that Christ's church would heap together teachers who would bring teaching that people want to hear (itching ears), rather than what they need to hear (God's Word).
In the midst of all that warning come these simple lesson for us, and warning to us is that:
Detached from Truth—Lives are Shipwrecked
Guarding the truth is our chief responsibility as we see the falling away from truth that characterizes the end of days.
To not guard the truth leads to "ship wreck"; we can get into a state of not being moored and anchored by the truth as we see when Paul uses this word to describe those who thrust away sound doctrine and try to sail on their own and not carefully guarding Christ's way, truth and life.
1 Timothy 1:19-20 "having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme."
What can cause a soul to be shipwrecked? False teaching and belief in a false doctrines about Christ. That was one of Christ's constant warnings.
When the world darkens, culture crumbles, and truth dies—you know the end of the world is near.
It is then that Jesus warned that the church would fill up with fruitless counterfeits.
When that happens it is time for believers to brace for the storm that we know is coming. The waves will only increase. Spiritual darkness will only deepen as deceptions grow.
These are days when we who know and love the Lord Jesus should reach into our hearts and grab onto the anchor line of truth as contained for us in God's Word, and feel it strongly holding us securely—tugging us homeward.
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