Dr. M. Drew McKinney

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Posted:  10/23/2017 – Lessons from Timothy 

Lessons from Timothy … ” And the Rocks Cried Out “

Eye of the Storm

What would Jesus experience if he was to return to this world today for a visit?

Would he find a world of acceptance and prepared to worship him, or would he be cast into the ‘Eye of the Storm’ by believers that have been patiently awaiting his return.
Are todays culture war’s causing us to journey far from the historical Jesus defined in the New Testament. Will the ideology so passionately defined during the cry of the Reformation and other culture war’s prevent believes from recognizing our savior. Will the Master be accepted for who he is, or will his identity and divinity be questioned. Did the teachers of biblical theology during the middle ages alter doctrine and practices that have cause believers centuries later to view of our savior through the eyes of a different ideology. One example of this would be the practice of hard works. Jesus asked us to have Faith in him and practice hard works to secure ones place in heaven. Belief in Jesus is the ultimate key to heaven, but have we reduced works and living a life like Christ to secondary matters. Have Jesus’ secondary matters become irrelevant to our lives and our Faith. Might these irrelevant facts passed down through the centuries cause people to accept or ignore specific ideals specified in the Bible, or even question the authenticity of our savior if he would return to earth unexpected today.
There are some who would not recognize the savior if he returns without the Revelation apocalyptic theater. This might occur because of the End Time politics embedded in our sociality by various false prophets. (Recall Jesus’ warning of false prophets in the gospels.) How many would be willing to accept His salvation if the savior appears differently from what they expect. Timothy spoke of ‘Dangers’ we should be weary of as the world draws to its end (The Last Days). Read his words with the heart of the historical Jesus, not through the eyes of todays political religious environment.
2 Timothy 3:1-5    The Dangers of the Last Days  …  You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will love only themselves and their money.  They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful.  They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others, and have no self-control.  They will be cruel and hate what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and Love pleasure rather than God.  They will act religious,  but they will reject the power that could make them Godly.  Stay away from people like this!
If your heart is telling you that you are not ready for his return, maybe you should re-read the New Testament.