| Religion That Denies God (II Timothy 3:1-9)
1. You will hardly, if ever, hear a sermon preached on II Timothy 3:1-9,
so at first the message of "Religion Denying God" will seem strange to
you, demanding an introduction as below from a respected Bible
commentary of long standing, Matthew Henry, to illustrate that some in
Christianity have know about II Timothy 3:1-9, and have been speaking
about it even before the beginning of the falling away of Christianity
from sound doctrine.
2. Of course this is a certain "God" that is being denied by some
religions, the LORD God the Universe, the Creator of the Universe, the
Father of the Lord Jesus Christ; and the author and source through the
Spirit of God of our Bible of 66 books.
3. The Matthew Henry Commentary on II Timothy 3:1-9
"Even in gospel times there would be perilous times; on account of
persecution from without, still more on account of corruptions within.
Men love to gratify their own lusts, more than to please God and do
their duty. When every man is eager for what he can get, and anxious
to keep what he has, this makes men dangerous to one another.
When men do not fear God, they will not regard man. When children
are disobedient to their parents, that makes the times perilous. Men
are unholy and without the fear of God, because unthankful for the
mercies of God. We abuse God's gifts, if we make them the food and
fuel of our lusts. Times are perilous also, when parents are without
natural affection to children. And when men have no rule over their
own spirits, but despise that which is good and to be honoured. God is
to be loved above all; but a carnal mind, full of enmity against him,
prefers any thing before him, especially carnal pleasure. A form of
godliness is very different from the power; from such as are found to
be hypocrites, real Christians must withdraw. Such persons have been
found within the outward church, in every place, and at all times.
There ever have been artful men, who, by pretences and flatteries,
creep into the favour and confidence of those who are too easy of
belief, ignorant, and fanciful. All must be ever learning to know the
Lord; but these follow every new notion, yet never seek the truth as it
is in Jesus. Like the Egyptian magicians, these were men of corrupt
minds, prejudiced against the truth, and found to be quite without faith.
Yet though the spirit of error may be let loose for a time, Satan can
deceive the nations and the churches no further, and no longer, than
God will permit."