“Truly I say unto you, all things shall come upon this generation” (Matthew 23:36) We are certainly in the last days and we live in a generation in which all these “things” have come upon us. “…lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God” riddled with “positive thinking” that sanctifies covetousness, glorifies selfishness, and makes religion a way of gain (I Timothy 6:5). This generation is an age where men are also “…covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unloving, without self control…having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy. 3:1-5). The “good things” of this life are available to those who seek both material prosperity and psychological fulfillment. They are found by faith in one’sown possibilities and faith in oneself! “And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, why does this generation seek after a sign? Truly I say unto you, there shall no sign be given unto this generation.” (Mark 8:12)
It is intellect without enlightenment and knowledge without wisdom that rules the day. Those that think and behave contrary to this belief are seen as negative. Positive thinking has taken over this generation, leaving the youth falling by the wayside and families destroyed!
Therefore faithful followers of Jesus Christ must stand against this error. We need those who have a love for the truth, not crowd pleasers. We must comprehend that while we need to stand on the promises of God, we must at the same time; realize His complete displeasure for error and sin.
Ministers of the gospel in this generation are more concerned with what man wants to hear, rather than with what God wants him to hear. “After their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy. 4:3). The vague generalities and “positive” sayings of psychology may meet one’s need to “think good” about himself, but such positive thinking and teaching does nothing to address the real need of a person. Man’s real need is to be “convicted of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John. 16:7-11). Those that preach the truth of the gospel expose sin, prick the heart, and cause people to tremble while pointing to Jesus Christ as our only hope for eternal salvation and redemption.
Jesus was not oriented toward rewards in this life nor did He teach such. This generation rewards Jesus with hate and He promised His disciples they would get no better (John 15:18-21). And Peter in his sermon, made clear God’s intentions for us “… with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40). Evil must come to a head, and to this generation “…this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Luke 22:53) Let those of the household of faith “…be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Knowing that “…this generation shall not pass away until all things be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:32)