2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
“wicked men even in the very bosom of the church”
“persecutions from without”
last days – from Christ’s ascension to the end of the world.
perilous times – on account of persecution from without, still more on account of corruptions within.
perilous times – there will be rather great abundance of most wicked men even in the very bosom of the church, who will nonetheless make a show and countenance of great holiness, and charity.
perilous times – they are times when a Christian hardly knows which way to turn or what to do. He has to live under a constant sense of hindrance and difficulty of one sort or another.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
persecution – they who are persecuted for their opinions, should consider that this may be one evidence that they have the spirit of Christ, and are his true friends. They should remember that, in this respect, they are treated as the Master was, and are in the goodly company of the prophets, apostles, and martyrs; for they were all persecuted.
We see the corruptions of Rome, and even worse we see the corruptions within the Protestant church.
But there has always been a remnant…
Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
And there has always be a cost…
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,