Christ said (Matthew 24:12 – Young’s Literal Translation) that prior to the Great Tribulation, “And because of the abounding of the lawlessness, the love of the many shall become cold.” On the surface, one might think “we have plenty of laws.” A counter argument to that would be, “but many are breaking them.”
While that is a reasonable thought, given the context and with much of Holy Scripture it predominately means not keeping the law of God. Hence, we can readily see why many other translations render the Greek word, anomia, in this verse as iniquity.
With all the laws any of us have, we might think our societies are improving. However, if you are aware of the news, it seems like much improvement is needed. In fact, most likely if we could take a worldwide poll of those above fifty years of age I would venture to guess that most would say their respective society is worse that what it was half a century ago.
Looking at some of the laws that have been made in the past half century we see it is sinful man’s attempt to legalize lawlessness (in the Biblical sense, being without the law of God). Just after I first came to Christ, abortion was legalized in the U.S.A. Most recently, my own state passed a law stupidly redefining marriage permitting hom-o-se-x-ual(1) marriage.
While that is sad enough, the grim fact is that as people are convinced in one way or another that sin is fine, even legal, sin develops into more sin in their lives, causing their spiritual ears to be deafened so they cannot hear God.
What can be heard from God is His gracious offer of mercy (Hebrews 10:16-17): This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.is the sure Cure for lawlessness and it is found by surrendering one’s life to Christ.
(1) This word was broken up to avoid unsavory ads.
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