COLD HEARTS IN THE LAST DAYS
As the love of many grows cold.
by Alan Yusko
I'm writing this as I have heard from others and seen a growing coldness within the Church. Many today who profess to be Christians are quite cold hearted in their treatment of others. The foundation for a cold heart I believe is the rejection of sound Biblical doctrine. Once that is done then over time sin and compromise comes into the life of that person. The end result is the heart grows very cold to others.
This tract will explore this issue about an increase of cold hearted people within the church in these last days. The key verse for this tract is the following:
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my names sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD.
Above we see persecution and hatred against God's people. They will be hated and even killed in this godless world.
Troubles in the world separates the sheep from the goats. Above we see hatred and betrayal.
In the last days there will be an abundance of false prophets. These are wicked men from within the Church and others without that preach heretical doctrines. Unfortunately many will be deceived and follow these false prophets. The people who will be deceived are those who do not love God's word enough to read it on a daily basis.
Finally we see the key verse (verse 12) for this tract. As a result of the troubles in the world, the false teaching, the false prophets, and the fact that many will be deceived we see the love of many waxing cold. This means people will develop cold hearts. Verse 12 tells us that iniquity shall abound in the world. This means that sin will be everywhere and that it will be socially acceptable. Society and people in general will love darkness rather than light. As a result the hearts of men will grow cold and their love will also grow cold. This can be seen in the world as well as in the church. The world is cold hearted as they can murder innocent babies in the womb and have no spark of conscience whatsoever. It is totally legal and right before the eyes of the world to commit murder. Next the old and sick are on the death list for the world. If babies can be murdered then the sick and elderly better pray as they will be next. Hearts are growing cold. Christians who live in the world are surrounded by all kinds of sin and evil. Some have allowed themselves to backslide and have allowed their hearts to grow cold.
REJECTION OF SOUND DOCTRINE
Why is there a growing amount of cold heartedness in the church? The foundation for a cold heart is a heart that does not love sound doctrine.
2 Tim 4:3
3 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;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Its time to wake up as the days of the rejection of sound doctrine are upon us! Many who profess to be Christians have rejected truth and sound doctrine and would rather their ears be tickled instead. Notice in verse 3 above that the lusts take over as sound doctrine is rejected. As the lusts take over sin comes into the life of that person. As people turn away from sound doctrine they turn to sin and compromise with one of the fruits being a cold heart.
Let me give an example. We have the promise keepers movement which is openly uniting with a works based sacramental false religion --- Catholicism. Rather than evangelize lost Catholics they are treated as brothers in Christ. The foundation stone of promise keepers is a rejection of sound doctrine. The people in promise keepers go to the meetings and get pumped up with this man-club as they sing together and have fellowship. Since doctrine is NOT a concern they get very angry at anyone who dares to stand against this: 'move of God'! This means sincere Christians who see problems with promise keepers can be mistreated within their own church. If they refuse to join in on this great 'move of God' they can be called as divisive and unloving. Actually the problem is not with those who see problems but rather with those who do not love God and who do not love sound doctrine. Remember a cold heart and a rejection of sound doctrine goes hand in hand together.
Another example is the laughing revival. I have heard testimonies of people who have had this demonic movement come into their church. The pastor and many others in the church get involved. There are some Christians however who see the danger of this evil movement and even dare to speak out against it. They think it is strange and demonic when people bark on the floor like dogs, roar like a lion, laugh like a drunkard, pass out, convulse like one with epilepsy, or vomit out "words" of the Lord. As a result of their warnings these 'loving' so-called Christians in the laughing revival from hell heap abuse on these people calling them every bad name that comes to mind. Many Christians have been wounded and have been forced to leave this type of an assembly to find another even after 10 or 20 plus years of faithful attendance. This type of thing is happening today and again the foundation is a rejection of sound Biblical doctrine. Once the sound doctrine is rejected the heart grows cold and unteachable.
Here is another example: We have all heard of the name it and claim it faith teachers out there. They have big names and big churches and even appear on TV on a regular basis and wear shiny, expensive jewelry. The name-claim pastors claim to have frequent communication with God in some form of audible means. God, they say, tells them all kinds of things in their personal one-on-one audiences with the Almighty. Unfortunately what God supposedly says does not line up with His revealed Word in the Bible. Also they give prophecies that were given supposedly by God that do not come to pass. They are really false prophets who have not heard from God but rather have heard from the devil. Do you know the test of a true prophet of God? Well that person must be 100 percent correct all the time when he speaks God's words. The penalty in the Old Testament was death for a false prophecy. We do not live in days today when false prophets are killed but we certainly live in a day with an over abundance of false prophets. Do the followers of false prophets care about the false teaching and false prophecies? Do they care that these men are false prophets according to the Bible? The answer is NO. These men are deceivers and they deceive MANY! When a Christian who loves God and who loves sound doctrine gives a warning the prophet followers heap abuse on that person. The cold hearted people who reject sound Biblical doctrine get very nasty when their 'spiritual' leader is questioned or tested with the Bible. Death threats are even given such as: 'God will destroy you for attacking His anointed'...etc... or 'God will DEAL with all the doctrinal nit-pickers!' To the false prophets those who love and stand up for sound doctrine are considered as unloving and divisive cancers in the Church which they pray God would remove. Again many true Christians have been wounded by these cold hearted people who love their false prophets and false teachings instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. The foundation stone for a cold, unloving heart is a rejection of sound doctrine.
Here is an example of a false prophecy. Once such person who claims to have frequent talks with God made this claim: He claimed that God told him in June 199X God would rip out all evil from the earth. All kinds of gullible followers believed this so-called Word from God given by this false prophet. As the day approached everyone became very excited who believed this false prophecy. But the day came and went with nothing really happening. His followers wanted to justify themselves, so they grabbed a newspaper and started to say that maybe it did happen but "SYMBOLICALLY"! They found events in the world and said: Here God is ripping evil from the world. The bottom line is that this man gave a extra-Biblical false prophecy that did not come to pass. In fact it couldn't possible come to pass because his false prophecy contradicted what God had already revealed in the Bible. God will not rip all evil from the world on a certain day but is in the process of removing evil and sin. He will not be finished until the end of the 1000 year kingdom after Jesus returns to earth. At that time God will create a new heavens and a new earth free from the stain of sin. Until that time evil will still be in the world and it does not really matter what a false prophet says.
The sad thing is... if people read their Bibles and had an obedient and teachable heart, the false prophet with his false prophecy would not have prospered at all. Instead he was honored on "Christian television" and many spoke forth his 'word of prophecy' with great fervency and reverence rejecting and attacking all voices who would dare to contradict this 'prophecy from God'. We again see the rejection of sound Biblical doctrine leading to a cold heart.
LOVE OF GOD
The bottom line is people who reject sound doctrine do not love God.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments
If they did love God they would keep His commandments. This involves hearing the Word of God and obeying it. It also involves loving sound doctrine and rejecting false doctrine. Unfortunately this is not done today. In the name of 'love' false preachers are allowed to freely preach their heresies and any who challenge them are attacked as being unloving, hard hearted, and divisive.
We are commanded to:
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Christians are commanded to hold fast to sound doctrine. We are commanded to defend the faith attacked by the false teachers in search of earthly treasure and fame.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
There are many vain talkers and deceivers. Remember they will prosper and they will deceive many. Unfortunately today they have made great headway into the Church. Because people do not love sound doctrine false teachers are accepted and hearts grow colder as the days grow more evil.
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. (for the sake of MONEY)
For those who love God we must continue to speak up as God leads. Never give up speaking against those who promote error and heresy in the Church. The motivation for the false teachers is money. They want money and they do not want the things of God.
For those who love God and who love sound doctrine there is a bond of unity. It is automatic as the Holy Spirit is the same inside each true Christian. Unfortunately there are many tares scattered throughout the wheat. There are wolves among the sheep.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
In these closing days the love of many is growing cold. Sin abounds even within the church as many have developed cold hearts. However God still has His remnant of people that love Him, who love sound doctrine, and who love fellow Christians.
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God
Many today seek out the praise of men. However the above verse states that there is praise available from God. Those who love God and seek Him first will receive that praise. However there is a price to pay. You may not be too popular in many circles as you stand against the tares and false teachers. You may even have to find a new church if yours is given over to gross doctrinal compromise with a refusal to listen to sound doctrine. Don't give up on attending church as we are commanded to find a good church to attend. However be sure you attend one that puts the Bible first. No church is perfect but you want one that at least is trying to walk with God.
APOSTASY IN LAST DAYS.
The Bible teaches in the last days there will be a great apostasy. On the other hand many tares and the false prophets are all saying that we are on the verge of a great revival. Soon the Antichrist will rise (after the rapture) and the current apostasy and falling away from doctrine is preparing the way for a world religious system. This system will be apostate and be against sound doctrine. I believe it will be a combination of both Catholicism and Islam. So when you hear of people talking about a great revival then beware. The Bible says there will be apostasy in the last days and not revival. The revival of the 'false religions' will be a great ecumenical movement which will unite all kinds of false religions into one. That is 'their' revival and has nothing to do with God...but everything to do with the Antichrist.
Another interesting difference is that the true Christians are getting ready to go to heaven to be with the Lord. On the other hand, the tares are getting ready to reign on earth right now. The tares claim that they will win this world for 'God'. Yes the world will be won and it will unite but not under God... it will be under Antichrist. For the true Christian just look up and rejoice that the day is drawing nigh. Keep witnessing to the lost and obey and serve God as He leads. The last days will be marked by a falling away from sound Biblical doctrine. Along with that will be an increase in the coldness of hearts. Yes the world is not heading for revival but instead it is heading for a great falling away and apostasy.
2 Thess 2:3
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Above we are told that before the days of the Antichrist there will be a falling away first. What will people fall away from? They will fall away from sound Biblical doctrine. The faith once delivered unto the saints will be rejected. Instead fables and myths will be accepted. The narrow way of salvation ONLY through the Lord Jesus Christ will be rejected. Instead a false gospel will be the acceptable part of the teachings of the apostate world religion. This will happen around the time when the devil's Antichrist comes to power. Well we are in those days NOW!
Also as people fall away from sound doctrine sin will abound in society as well as in the church. As a result the love of many will wax cold. Again this is happening today. Many are walking around with cold, sin hardened hearts.
Soon the church (body of true believers) will be raptured to be with the Lord in heaven. After the rapture many churches will not lose any significant membership. With the restrainer removed the devil will be free to bring his Antichrist to power. During the reign of the Antichrist all sound doctrine will be rejected with deception and lies in its place. Many will believe those deceptions and hence be lost in hell forever. However during that time God will save many people as everyone on earth must choose to accept or reject salvation as found only in the Lord Jesus.
We have shown that a hard cold unloving heart goes hand in hand with a rejection of sound doctrine. Many who claim to be loving Christians are really cold hearted people who do not love sound doctrine. They release their venom on those who do not embrace their errors or those who warn about the dangers of embracing error. Also we are living in days of apostasy and not revival. The false prophets are claiming that 'revival' is coming! But is isn't. The world is heading into its darkest days. After the rapture the Antichrist will be free to rise to power. During his reign God will judge the earth with terrible judgments upon the wicked. As the world goes further into sin and apostasy the love of many will wax COLD. There will be cold hearted people within and without the churches. These people reject sound doctrine and will attack and abuse anyone who stands against the deceptions they have embraced.
Don't be discouraged if you run into cold hearted people within the church. Remember your faith is based on the Lord Jesus Christ and not on other people. Just keep on doing what is right and look forward to the soon return of the Lord Jesus to take the true believers home to heaven at the rapture.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD.
even so.... come, Lord Jesus!
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