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. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
The Holy Spirit warned through the writings of the first century church there would come days of peril when the hearts of men would be turned away from the Lord. Perilous times were coming that would transform the world into a place of spiritual darkness. The warning of the Lord against the onslaught of Satan’s devices is not something that speaks of a specific time in history as if it were a single event. Paul is showing how the home will be the foundation for the corruption that is in the world. Every nation is built upon the character of the home and as the home goes, so goes the nation. Society blows in the direction of the training (or lack of) found in the relationship of the husband and wife and parents toward children. When the home is filled with unrighteousness, the community will follow suit. Blame cannot be laid at the feet of some generic cause for the crumbling of the nation. The home is reason the world has changed. When the home changes, everything else changes.
An examination of the modern home opens up the source of societal disease. Children are taught to love themselves above all things. Money is the focus in a materialistically driven world where name brand and new gadgets are the craze boasting of position and prestige. Respect for parents and older adults are lost with children that are unthankful, unholy, unloving and unforgiving. It is a ‘me, me, me’ world and instead of hearing an ‘amen’ in the home it is only a ‘who cares.’ Religion is maligned as something for outdated old people. There is no control in the passions and desires of young people who despise goodness as old fashioned and outdated. Headstrong lovers of pleasure, the home is on a roller coaster of non-stop pursuits of the pleasures of the flesh rather than lovers of God. As a result, the home is led away by the lusts of the flesh and eye filling the heart with the pride of life.
Perilous times are here. What is more frightening is to realize Paul is not talking about the homes of unbelievers but homes of the children of God. The danger of the perilous home is when this happens to the homes of those in the church. As the home goes so goes the church and when the church is filled with souls that are unloving, unforgiving, unthankful, etc.; it will not survive. All of the churches mentioned in the New Testament have disappeared. One of the reasons is because the perilous times came upon them and when the home was destroyed, they ceased to exist. The church today must reinforce the teachings of the home as built upon the promises of God. Husbands and wives must reestablish the home with the word of God as the center of influence with parents guiding their children by the sacred word. No home will survive without the teachings of the will of the Lord. Be warned. Perilous times are coming.