But know this, that 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! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
Always Learning And Never Saved
The condition of sinful man is a tragic result of denying the truth of God. Turning from the doctrine of the Lord men become lovers of themselves concerned more for their own wisdom and knowledge. Pride has been at the root of every sin man commits against the law of God because he believes that truth resides in his power. The devil does not want man to deny God but to recreate the Creator into the image of the creation. Changing the form of the incorruptible to a philosophy of the corruptible serves the needs of Satan to destroy the soul of man. Disbelief does not always mirror itself by a denial of God but rather distorting enough truth to give man a feeling of superiority over the word of God. The Bible is filled with stories of those who mixed a little bit of God with the wisdom of man to create a religion of convenience, self-gratification and hypocrisy for what they called worship.
Religion is an abundant commodity in our society today coming in so many forms, fashions and designs that one can truly worship in any way he desires. The Bible has become the obstacle of the masses to recreate God in their own images to worship the Lord God has each individual thinks He should be presented. It is hard to imagine how many different views of the Bible men have today. At the core of this philosophy are those not unlike what Paul described two thousand years ago: “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Here are people who scour the Bible from cover to cover learning all they can about various views of what people believe about the Lord but never finding the truth of the will of God in their lives. Filled with the pride of their own knowledge they embrace every doctrine as holy. Truth is relative to the views of men. Always learning but in the end hold no position of one God, one faith and one doctrine.
The folly of this type of religion is their foolishness is evident to all. Building their faith on the sands of man’s wisdom they fail. God’s word is narrow. There are no truths to the will of God but only one truth. Jesus Christ and His word is the only way of salvation. Worshiping the Lord in any fashion man desires is the greatest folly and lie of Satan. Embracing any belief accepts the condemnation of the one God who gave His one Son to show man the one path of righteousness by the one will of His mercy. Man can worship God under any banner he wants but Jesus died for His church and salvation will be found in only the body of Jesus Christ.
Loving self is the greatest tragedy of man. He worships a straw man. There is no substance. There is no truth. More importantly – there is no hope. Having a form of godliness does not save. Denying the power of God does not save. Truth is measured by the acceptance of the only truth given to man. Always learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth is an epidemic disease of man’s folly. It is a perilous religion.
It is not wise to be wiser that it is given man to be wise. (Anonymous)