TOTAL DEPRAVITY – THE EVIL AMONG US

2 Timothy 3:3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good

You might think Paul was out of his mind when he wrote this? I believe if you look further, this is ringing true especially in the times we live. You can turn on the TV to the news to see a report of any qualities and all of what Paul described. People burning down buildings, defacing public and private properties, and calling this a protest? A political party using the murderous death of one person to divide an entire country into sectarian racial identities and unprohibited violence. The utter destruction of entire communities by individuals who see evil as good and good as evil.

But personally in the last year I have witnessed total depravity in totality of its evil form. A family member told me that our own mother “deserved her broken neck” of which she obtained in a horrible car accident. Who says this about his mother other than someone who is totally depraved? This family member and others also celebrated the cancer of my beloved dog Leo, and then his death, all because they cannot stand my witness in Jesus Christ. They viewed this as “payback” to their evil. They gossiped, they maligned, they slandered continuously. Such horrible EVIL behaviors can only come from a fallen nature.

If you doubt man is born fallen, just view the evil among you. How that seemingly good natured person you know can turn into a diseased at the mouth demon at the drop of a hat for example. Or that good kid down the block you saw grow up now on the nightly news burning down businesses in your community under the veil of a “protest”. That police officer you saw as good, coldly murders a person over really nothing but the authority they believe they possess to do so.

If you are viewing mankind as “good”, you will see things and experience things which will be greatly upsetting because that worldview will keep showing them as not “good”.

This is why the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power unto salvation, must be shared. When one is actually regenerated, they are given a new heart. One which does not desire to do the evils contained in that heart any longer. One who has been saved and their heart regenerated, really does to come understand how utterly evil they truly were before this point. They were not any better in thoughts or actions, and if it were not for God’s restraining hand on evil, they would too have perpetrated all the evils in their heart, such as the example of saying your own mother “deserved a broken neck”. I was NO different in my former life as that person for example, and I thank God for saving me from this form of evil and placing me in Jesus Christ, not by my depraved choice, but by His grace and mercy.

If you approach individuals in the respect of their fallen nature, total depravity, you will only then understand how imperative the Gospel is to be shared. The evils you witness just further the evidence of this fallen nature. Remember, God wiped out the entire world with a Flood except for 8 individuals and all animals according to their type. He saved many more animals than humans! Think about this. As it was then, it is now. Man’s heart is depraved and evil. It takes a supernatural change of that heart from God to regenerate it from that evil. And what is the tool that God gave us to be the means to His end in this? THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. That by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ’s person and work alone one can be saved. Believe in Jesus! He is the way, the truth, and the life! Those being drawn by God, hear this call. And if it is of His will, God will make them a new creation. And no longer they will behave as depraved fools willing to blaspheme Him and everyone around Him.

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