I'm noticing an increase in celebrating sinful ideas of many kinds.
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2 Timothy 3 says "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good." Jesus says in John 16:1-4: "All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them." Look at the world; cell phones are attached to most hands, people voice their opinions hiding behind social media platforms; t.v. shows and commercials show things that some people, especially small children, should not have to be concerned about; people take the side of wrong-doing against certain races of people; police killing innocents, people rioting on one person's instructions to do so; causing death and destruction; video games most always focus on destruction; a large number of the people doing all these things call themselves "Christians" - GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE US! FYI: The enemy did not want me to write the above - my device froze, erased and canceled over three different times...BUT GOD DID!
The increase of human sin, and an accompanying lack of sorrow or remorse for it, were indicated by Jesus in Matthew 24:12 as signs that would mark the approach of His return and the close of the present age. The response of Christians should be that indicated by Jesus in the very next verse (Matthew 24:13), in which He said that the believer who stands firm (that is, who remains faithful, and does not engage in that sin or encourage it) will be saved.
I looked up what I remember of this verse, "not only do these things but egg others on" + bible verse, and this is what I found: Romans 1:32, CSB: "Although they know God's just sentence--that those who practice such things deserve to die--they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them."
Remorse is defined this way: Deep regret for wrongdoing. The question insinuates that there was a time when the world population had deep regret for sin, and the notion that the bible speaks of a time when that would no longer be the case. The idea is that instead of getting better we're getting worse. I've never read either assumption in scripture. I don't know of a scripture that says mankind in general, was ever regretful for doing wrong because it was wrong. We have a conscience that alerts us of our wrongs, but I don't think it doubles as a guidance counselor. So it's reasonable that we won't grow less remorseful, we were never remorseful to start with. The prophet Jonah cried out in preaching to Nineveh and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh will be overthrown" (Jonah 3:4). The people believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth. In other words, they repented. Why? Listen to the king of Nineveh: "Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away His fierce anger, so that we may not perish"(vs 9)? It doesn't say that the people were remorseful; they were like most of us; they wanted to skip the consequences. I've never read where David was remorseful for having Uriah murdered. He was doing fine until the prophet Nathan related to him how despicable the thing was that he had done. (2 Sam 12). This means that God favored him, sent Nathan the prophet to him, and gave him an opportunity to repent. He repented. Would he have grown remorseful and repented of his own accord with no prompting from God? Can you imagine David and his friend Jonathan watching a football game and having a beer, and David confessing to Jonathan what he'd done, and saying how sorry he is for it? I don't think so! Was Moses remorseful for killing an Egyptian? I don't think he had planned to relocate to Midian, but he fled when he was told, "Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian!" He thought, "surely this thing is known." (Ex 2:14). He wasn't remorseful, he was afraid of the consequences of being found out. Paul said it best. He told the Corinthian church, "Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death." (2 Cor 7:10) Repentance is of God. Regret can be driven by a myriad of reasons. It's really easy to regret wrongdoing; all that has to happen is that we get taken into custody. These are the signs Jesus told His disciples to look for at "the close of the age." (End of the church age, the world will be forever changing, but will never END!) : (1) Many claiming to be the Christ (2) wars and rumors of the same (3) famines, earthquakes (4) believers hated (5) many believers fall away because of persecution, hate one another (6) false prophets arise (7) lawlessness increases, the love of many grow cold. (Mt 24:5-12) But that's not all; there's one more sign that is often omitted in this narrative. Vs 14 says 'The gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations...' That's currently happening, praise the Lord. I don't remember reading that the time would come when sin would BEGIN to be celebrated. I think it has always been pretty popular. Before hanging up let me say this: I don't think it's a good idea for the church (believers, christians) to throw social media under the bus, accusing social media of being a tool of Satan, and doing it on a social media website. That's like condemning books while reading the bible. There are horrible social media websites. They'll probably get worse before Jesus gets back. Jesus said that lawlessness would increase. Of course it will. There were fewer than 100,000,000 people on earth then. There's 7.8 billion alive today. Why should we be surprised that growth brings new problems? More sinners, more sin. More sinners, more sinners saved from sin and death. There are two sides to every fight. I thank God He put me on the winning team!
In addition to the references cited above, Revelation 9:20 speaks of a future time during the great tribulation when the 6th trumpet judgement had reduced the earth's population by a third, that those who remained alive clung to their idolatry and did not repent of their "murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality, or their thefts. Then in Revelation 16:9, 11, 21. Rather than repent at the most severe of God's judgements the earth dwellers curse God. It seems to me that these are also examples of loving sin so much that they simply resort to futile cursing of God, rather than repent.
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