“The COVID 19 Pandemic & The Urgency of Now – Part 2”

W.A.R. Bible Study

Dr. Oscar T. Moses | Calvary Baptist Church


3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2 Timothy 3:3

The goal in this lesson is to educate the membership on biblical truth concerning the ungodly behavioral identity that will surface within the Church in the last days and how the Christian should respond.

Understanding The Characteristics in II Timothy 3:3

This chapter is clear of its message: 

  1. Paul sent Timothy this letter to give him a clear dose of reality; in the last days “perilous” times will come. “Perilous” means difficult and dangerous. In other words, the last days will be difficult and dangerous for those who call themselves Christian. 
  • The character traits listed in verses 2, 3 and 4 are crucial to our understanding because they define people who identify themselves as Christian but their behavior is contradictory. 
  • We must be able to identify ungodly behavior and respond in a manner that validates our stance in Christ. 

Small Group Starter Questions

  • Why did Paul write this letter?
  • What is meant by the “last days?”

Small Group Exercise

Read each of characteristic defined below from verse 3, read the examples, and answer the questions that follow.

Without natural affection – Without that affection which parents bear to their young, and which the young bear to their parents. An affection which is common to every class of animals; consequently, men without it are worse than brutes.

Example – One of the disgraces of our society today is how we have become without natural affection. We have become quick to discard the old; even our parents when they reach their “Golden Years.” During this COVID 19 crisis the elderly may not have access to all of the social media outlets to stay connected. We readily push their care off on someone else to take care of them. Mothers are abandoning their children. Women are destroying their unborn children through substance abuse. Father’s are having babies without caring for them. This is what is meant by without natural affection.

  1. How is this behavior seen in the church among those who call themselves Christian?

Truce-breakers—From the thought of pouring out a libation, because in making treaties libations both of blood and wine were poured out. The word “trucebreakers” means those who are bound by no promise, held by no engagement, obliged by no oath; persons who readily promise any thing, because they never intend to perform.

Example – Last week the conversation of commitment came up. We have been taught that a man’s word is all that he has. A hand shake was all that was needed to seal a deal. However, today the attitude some people have towards keeping their word has changed. The courts are full of people that have broken their agreements. The art of deception seems to be the “new normal” and it is not unusual to encounter someone who will shake hands and agree with you on a deal with no intentions of honoring the deal. In 2020 you must have an agreement written down and signed before witnesses. People break truces to gain the advantage. This is what is meant by truce breakers.

  • How is this behavior seen in the church among those who call themselves Christian?

False accusers – Devils; but properly enough rendered false accusers, for this is a principal work of the devil. Slanderers; striving ever to ruin the characters of others.

Example – In the last days it will not be unusual to not take the time to learn true personalities of people we encounter. The normal practice will be to accuse others of things known not to be true. The goal for the false accuser is to gain advantage over a person by attempting to destroy their image. 

  • How is this behavior seen in the church among those who call themselves Christian?

Incontinent— Lack of restraint of the passions or appetites; Lack of controlled anger. Lack of control of the sexual appetite; free or illegal indulgence of lust. Out of control.

Example – Incontinent means without self-control; eating without self-control, an uncontrolled sexual appetite, anger without control, a mouth out of control (cursing, lying, gossiping, etc.), and spending without control. A person that exercises no control over the flesh is unstable. The incontinent Christian is powerless and defenseless over the enemy.

  • How is this behavior seen in the church among those who call themselves Christian?

Fierce— Wild, impetuous, whatever is contrary to pliability and gentleness. The Greek word used here – anēmeros- does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. It means “ungentle, harsh, severe,” and is the opposite of gentleness and mildness. Religion produces gentleness; the want of it makes men rough, harsh, cruel; compare the notes at 2 Timothy 2:24.

Example – Fierce describes what is going on in our streets today with the robbing, killing and other vicious acts without compassion. It is a behavior that has no respect for authority, no boundaries in carrying out vicious acts towards anyone. Anyone can be on their “hit list” at anytime, without reason or provocation.

  • How is this behavior seen in the church among those who call themselves Christian?

Despisers of those that are good—Not lovers of good men. The natural animosity of darkness against the light, of wickedness against righteousness, of error against truth, etc., is the mark of these. “The wolves always hate the sheep.” 

Example – These evil people do not merely despise “goodness,” they specifically dislike “good people.” A person that tries to do the right thing becomes a target for the “despiser”. The “despiser” will side with the wicked and target the righteous because the righteous is a reminder of their ungodly behavior. 

  • How is this behavior seen in the church among those who call themselves Christian?

Questions to Ponder

  1. How does these characteristics cause you to take a personal probe at your own life?
  2. How does this bible study challenge you to be a better Christian?
  3. How should we respond to this behavior in the church?

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