If there is a time we need to take heed to the timely warning of Apostle Paul about perilous times, it is now. Paul warned us in 2Timothy 3:1 saying, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come”
Reading further, Paul said what will be the evidence of the perilous time which can be seen in 2Timothy 3:3-7 which says, 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.
Speaking further in 1Timothy 4:1 he said, Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Also, in 2Timothy 4:3 he equally warned us, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Putting the above warnings together, we need to as a matter of urgency to arm ourselves with the knowledge of the truth as Jesus told us in John 8:32 where he said, that, and we shall know the truth, and the truth shall make us free.
For emphasizes, please it is an adequate knowledge of the truth that will set us free not half-truth or falsehood clothed with truth or truth clothed with falsehoods.
I said this because of Paul’s warning in 1Timothy 4:1 where he said, Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Moreover, in Mathew 16:19 Jesus said “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
From what Jesus said above, the keys of the kingdom has been released to us and in Luke 11:52 Jesus explained what those keys are when he chided the lawyers of the day.
He said to them, “Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered”.
What I am trying to point out is that we must never joke with our lives but must take responsibility to build robust and healthy spiritual lives by arming ourselves with adequate spiritual knowledge of the truth(the bible).
Apart from arming ourselves with adequate knowledge of spiritual truth, we equally need to heed the warning of Apostle John by what he said in 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”.
Apostle Paul equally explained further in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 the reason for what John said above by saying, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
It is highly unfortunate that lots of believers are behaving like spiritual babes (children) which Apostle Paul warned us in Ephesians 4:14 saying, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Finally, I wish to join Paul to encourage us to take personal responsibility to equip yourself spiritually by doing what he told Timothy in 2Timothy 2:15 which says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.