You may be quite sure that in the last days there are going to be
some difficult times. People will be self-centered and grasping; boastful,
arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless
and unappeasable; they will be slanderers, profligates, savages and enemies of
everything that is good; they will be treacherous and reckless and demented
by pride, preferring their own pleasure to God. They will keep up the outward
appearance of religion but will have rejected the inner power of it. Have nothing
to do with people like that.
Of the same kind, too, are those men who insinuate themselves into families
in order to get influence over silly women who are obsessed with their sins and
follow one craze after another in the attempt to educate themselves, but can
never come to knowledge of the truth. Men like this defy the truth just as
Jannes and Jambres defied Mosesa: their minds are corrupt and their faith
spurious. But they will not be able to go on any longer: their foolishness, like
that of the other two, must become obvious to everybody.
You know, though, what I have taught, how I have lived, what I have aimed
at; you know my faith, my patience and my love; my constancy and the
persecutions and hardships that came to me in places like Antioch, Iconium and
Lystra – all the persecutions I have endured; and the Lord has rescued me from
every one of them. You are well aware, then, that anybody who tries to live
in devotion to Christ is certain to be attacked; while these wicked impostors
will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and deceived themselves.
You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember
who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known
the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably
be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and
teaching them to be holy. This is how the man who is dedicated to God
becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.
2 Timothy 3:1-17