By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
Paul's list of the characteristics of the people of the last days is a horrible list indeed. It has become increasingly true and evident in our modern age. In the days of Paul, such people were already present and did much damage to the church. They found their way into the Christian communities. They visited homes and misled "weak-willed women".
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"Have nothing to do with them" (2 Timothy 3:5). How would you apply Paul's instruction in Practice? How can Christians be different from the people of the world and yet seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)? What is the connection between holiness and evangelism?
"Have nothing to do with them" (2 Timothy 3:5). 
Paul's list of the characteristics of the people of the last days is a horrible list indeed. It has become increasingly true and evident in our modern age. In the days of Paul, such people were already present and did much damage to the church. They found their way into the Christian communities. They visited homes and misled "weak-willed women" (Greek gynarkia, meaning "little women"). These women were morally and intellectually weak, who themselves were examples of the terrible people of the last days, described as "loaded down with sins and swayed by all kinds of evil" (2 Timothy 3:6). They were curious but not committed.
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These women were gullible. They would believe almost anything and were, as John Stott says, "easy prey for door-to-door religious salesmen" . Such corrupted teachers who spread heresy and unsound doctrine both deceived and were deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). Their decendants today are more polished and have the technology to easily enter homes through the Internet! Imagine the damage they are doing to the church. Just today, I had to reply to and email from a church leader; his church has easily believed the heretical teachings of a modern day false teacher.
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How would you apply Paul's instruction in Practice? 
Deception of the false teachers will eventually be exposed
Paul uses the example of Jannes and Jambres to illustrate the character and apostasy of the false teachers. These men were the Egyptian magicians who were summoned by Pharaoh to challenge Moses and were able to mimic the miracle performed by Moses - up to a point (Exodus 7:8-12). Just as Moses was able by God's power to turn Aaron's staff into a snake, the Egyptian magicians were likewise able to turn their staffs into snakes. As the floor of the Pharaoh's throne room was filled with snakes, others who were present would have been lulled into accepting the deceptive power that was at work through the magicians. But the deception was exposed when "Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs." In the same way, Paul was confident that the deception of the false teachers will eventually be exposed, for he said "their folly will be clear to everyone" (2 Timothy 3:9).
Paul uses the example of Jannes and Jambres to illustrate the character and apostasy of the false teachers. These men were the Egyptian magicians who were summoned by Pharaoh to challenge Moses and were able to mimic the miracle performed by Moses - up to a point (Exodus 7:8-12). Just as Moses was able by God's power to turn Aaron's staff into a snake, the Egyptian magicians were likewise able to turn their staffs into snakes.
But the deception was exposed when "Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs." In the same way, Paul was confident that the deception of the false teachers will eventually be exposed, for he said "their folly will be clear to everyone" (2 Timothy 3:9).
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All must be ever learning to know the Lord 
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.
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But these follow every new notion, yet never seek the truth as it is in Jesus, Satan can deceive the nations and the churches no further, and no longer, than God will permit.
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Make continual and earnest and contrite efforts day by day to renew and deepen our personal communion with Jesus Christ. 
Make continual and earnest and contrite efforts day by day to renew and deepen our personal communion with Jesus Christ. He is the source of the power which godliness operates in our lives, and the closer we keep to Him the more it will flood our hearts and make us real, out-and-out Christians, and not shallow and self-deceived pretenders.
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How can Christians be different from the people of the world and yet seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)? 
Elsewhere Paul cautioned us: "Do not misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character'" (1 Chorinthians 15:33). We must be careful about the company we keep. Keep away from false teachers and the terrible people of the last days. It may be difficult to keep away from the people with whom we interact daily. In fact we should not isolate ourselves from them, even if we could. How else can we win them for Christ? But we must keep away from their worldviews and lifestyles, from their manners of speech and behaviour - for those will harm us spiritually. The psalmist's spiritual allergy to evil, unrighteousness, and godlessness is something we ought to develop. "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2).
"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2).
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The church has to guard itself against the perilous worldliness of the last days. "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould" (Romans 12:2 PHILIPS) is a biblical command that we must always bear in mind in all our interactions and relationships, and in all our thoughts and choices. The disciples of Jesus must be different from the terrible people of the last days. How this difference is seen in our lives and ministries.
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Not of the World 
Shortly before He was arrested and crucified, Jesus prayed for His disciples. In this prayer, Jesus mentioned how His disciples “are not of the world.” (John 17:16). We need to correctly understand how we are not of the world. The focus is on the spirit of this world. We received the Spirit of God and not the “spirit of the world.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
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The apostle Paul teaches us that, at salvation, we received the Spirit of God and not the “spirit of the world.” (1 Corinthians 2:12) When Jesus instructs us about separation from the world, the focus is on the spirit of this world. Do not miss this: the spirit of this world or age is not necessarily the physical things of this world—but it is the attitudes, dispositions and motives of this present age. John makes this clear when he defines the things of the world as “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” (1 John 2:16)
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Notice that all three of these are intangible elements and not possessions or objects. The Scriptures teach us that separation from the philosophy and attitude of this world is the true meaning of biblical holiness. We could abstain from every object or possession in life, live in a monastery, and still be worldly if we are harboring greed, lust or pride in our hearts. Christianity is not a monastic or ascetic practice of life, but a life which reflects the motives, attitudes and actions of God’s agape (wide open in surprise or wonder) love.
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In the World 
In His high priestly prayer Jesus teaches us not to be of the world. Then He immediately tells us that He is sending us “into the world.” (John 17:18) If living among worldly men is sin, then Jesus is sending us into sin. However, when we properly understand that Jesus is sending us into the world to be as He was when He lived among wicked men we are liberated from a legalistic and sectarian view of separation from worldliness. Again, we see that worldliness is not about what we do or where we go. It involves why we do what we do and why we go where we go. The litmus test for worldliness is to question the motive behind what we do.
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Sad to say, as we look around at the modern church, we see men who are in the world as well as of the world. This is a tragedy. Why? Because if we are not different from the world in our life and actions we cannot properly call people to Christ. Our walk of love and truth should be the loudest testimony of the need for others to come to the Lord for salvation. When we are in and of the world we live as hypocrites.
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However, equally tragic are the men who are not of the world but also not in the world. How is our light of absolute truth and holy love going to melt men’s hearts if we are not among them in daily life? We are called by the Lord to let our light of truth and love shine “in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation.” (Philippians 2:15) As we abstain from the spirit of our age, which wars against our soul, let us live honestly “among the gentiles.” (1 Peter 2:11-12) We must not take the light of the gospel and place it under a bushel. Instead, let it light the room and the world around us. (Matthew 5:14-16)
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Defilement or worldliness does not come from what we touch, eat or drink. Neither does it come from the men we hang around or from the places we go. These are external issues. Defilement comes from what proceeds from within our heart. (Matthew 15:10-20) If we really understand this it will prevent us from falling into religious legalism and bondage.
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In our quest for biblical holiness we need to guard against sectarian isolationism and religious division. We are called to take the message of Jesus Christ to the world. That means we need to be among them and with them in everyday life. That is the only way they can see us live, demonstrate and share God’s message of redemption.
Be Ye Holy 
It is easy to read how we are called to be holy before the Lord, and separate from this world, and then abandon the very world we are called to reach. We must understand what true separation from the world means. It is imperative if we are going to be used by God to reach the men of the world with the gospel.
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None of us, whether a young believer or teacher, should use any excuse to justify known sin in our life. As God’s children, we must repent of our sin and look to the Lord’s grace for victory through the crucified and risen Lamb. As we do, let us realize that we can be in the world and not of the world at the same time!
‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ The forgiveness of little things and the forgiveness of very great things; our Father’s forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others.
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“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16, KJV).
We also pray that we "Have nothing to do with them", the characteristics of the people of the last days but to be holy before the Lord, and spiritually separate from this world.
We pray for repentance of our sin and look to the Lord’s grace for victory through the crucified and risen lamb. Let us realize that we can be in the world and not of the world at the same time!, Amen!"
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Reflection - Have Nothing to Do with Terrible Characteristics of People
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
 From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright © 2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART THREE: UNLIKE THE WORLD, Chapter 8 "The Terrible World And Its People" (2 Timothy 3:1-9), Page 123-124.
 Holiness is Essential for Evangelism, Posted by Terry Ivy on September 27, https://terryivy.com/2012/09/27/holiness-is-essential-for-evangelism/
 2 Timothy 3:5, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.", Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/2_timothy/3-5.htm
 2 Timothy 3:5, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.", MacLaren's Expositions, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/2_timothy/3-5.htm
 Stott, The Message of 2 Timothy, 103.
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