An Entire Generation Deceived
“There is a generation that is pure IN ITS OWN EYES, yet is not washed from its filthiness.” Proverbs 30:12 When a people reject God and the laws of God, they justify to themselves all the evil that they do - thus, they are pure IN THEIR OWN EYES, and they reject the whole concept of sin. It has come to pass in this generation that a man and a woman living together without marriage is the norm. No one thinks anything of it. The fact that the Word of God speaks against fornication does not even enter their mind, and should one remind them of it they’d only be laughed at and told to mind their own business. It’s good and right and accepted by them, it’s right IN THEIR OWN EYES, and they feel no pangs of guilt. But …they are not washed from their filthiness. When a woman finds herself pregnant unexpectedly these days, it seems like nothing to her to destroy the child growing within, because abortion is now so commonplace that to many it doesn’t seem wrong anymore. She justifies her deed IN HER OWN EYES and goes forward with it. She remains in her filthiness. When a man finds himself attracted to other men these days, it no longer carries the shame it once did. He justifies himself in his own eyes, tells himself that this is the way God made him, and lives in what God calls evil, calling it right IN HIS OWN EYES. He remains unwashed from his filth. This generation is like no other. It demands a freedom never before known to mankind, the freedom to be their own god, to make their own rules, to throw off the restraints God himself has set forth. They feel no shame, they live by the motto, “If it feels good, do it,” and don’t anyone dare say anything against it. They insist on dwelling in their filth, calling it good. And …they remain in their filth. “There is a way that SEEMS RIGHT to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 This is a formula for disaster. God in his mercy and patience has warned and warned and warned, sending men to call out the immorality of this generation, but they couldn’t care less about God, they are their own gods. They remain in their filth. “There is a generation - oh, how lofty are their eyes, and their eyelids are lifted up.” Proverbs 30:13 This generation lives in the pride and arrogance that will bring them to destruction. How can they think judgment won’t fall upon them? They think that because judgment doesn't fall immediately, so in their eyes, there won't be judgment at all. They don't realize that God has been merciful, giving them time to repent. But they mock God, and they mock his servants who speak to their immorality. The prophet Jeremiah was the last prophet God sent to Israel to plead with them to come to repentance. He was mocked and laughed at and even thrown in prison …until judgment fell and destroyed them. Their Temple was destroyed and Jerusalem fell in total devastation. Judgment hadn't come immediately, so they believed it never would. After many warnings ...it came. Before God sends judgment he sends men to plead with the people. It took Noah an entire generation to build the ark; he was "a preacher of righteousness" and all that time he pleaded with the people (2nd Peter 2:5). They laughed at him and at the huge boat he was building in the desert where it never rained. They laughed him to scorn. But finally, judgment fell ...and they all perished. That entire generation, destroyed. "...and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;" 2nd Peter 2:5 Truly this is a generation lofty in its own eyes, dwelling in pride, arrogance, self-will and defiance, hating the faithful, and demanding that all sin not only be tolerated but be approved. Dissenters are punished, preachers are hated, and evil has filled the land. They are invincible IN THEIR OWN EYES, reminiscent of what was said about the Titanic before she set sail, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.” But it sank, didn’t it! Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked. He has held out mercy for a very long time, giving ample opportunity for repentance. But there comes a day when it’s over, and all the signs say that day is almost upon us. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. BUT …the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” 2 Peter 3:9-10 "As a thief in the night" - meaning suddenly and unexpectedly. Hear the call to the proud: it’s going to bring you down. It will send you to hell. It’s not worth it. God pleads with you to come to repentance. Humble yourself before him and be saved, or else he will humble you and you will be lost forever.