in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of
themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving,
slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from
such people turn away!"
2 Timothy 3:1-14
can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not
discern this time? Yes, and why, even of yourselves,
do you not judge
what is right?" Luke 12:56-57
light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light
and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
"...the whole world is under the
sway of the evil one."
1 John 5:19
"You love evil more
"All those who hate
me love death.”
"Do not love the world
or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the
Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the
Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and
the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."
"Now the parable is this: The seed is
the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil
comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and
be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the
word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of
temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who,
when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of
life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good
ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it
and bear fruit with patience." Luke 8:11-15
"Do not be deceived:
'Evil company corrupts good habits.' Awake to righteousness, and do not
sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame."
1 Corinthians 15:33-34
"Jesus said, 'Are you also
still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever
enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those
things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they
defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These
are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed
hands does not defile a man.”
"Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom
he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,
knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your
brotherhood in the world."
"[Jesus] said to Peter,
'Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are
not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.' Then
Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
looks at a woman to lust for her has already
committed adultery with her in his heart."
[Would our holy
less concerned for children who feed their imagination with the
pictures and practices of popular occultism?]
"...unless you repent
[turn around] you will
all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell
and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other
men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you
will all likewise perish.”
"He who is not with Me is
against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." Luke
"...take heed to
yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and
cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a
snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore,
and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that
will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
“And when He has come,
convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of
sin, because they do not believe in Me..."
not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to
bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his
father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against
her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own
household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy
of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy
of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is
not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who
loses his life for My sake will find it."
"...many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because
lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures
to the end shall be saved." Matt
"His disciples came to
Him, saying, 'Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.'
He answered and said to them: 'He who sows the good seed is the Son
of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds
are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of
the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the
harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it
will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send
out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things
that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will
cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and
gnashing of teeth."
"...be watchful in all
things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill
your ministry. But the end of all things is at hand." 2 Timothy 4:5
"Behold, I send
you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."