Disobedience To Parents

“But know this, that in [the] last days grievous times will be [upon us].  For men will be lovers of themselves, money-lovers, braggarts, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural feeling, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, haters of good, betrayers, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these” (2 Timothy 3:1-5; underlining mine–CD).

I am not promoting or endorsing John Bunyan as a true Christian when I quote from him.  Bunyan’s words trigger thoughts of certain wicked, slanderous, irrational, hyper-emotionally-insecure individuals whose subjective “feelings” are placed above objective truth.

“As domestic iniquity standeth in these, so also in the disorders of children and servants.  Children’s unlawful carriages to their parents is a great house iniquity; yea, and a common one too (2 Timothy 3:2-3).  Disobedience to parents is one of the sins of the last days.  O! It is horrible to behold how irreverently, how irrespectively, [sic] how saucily and malapertly, children, yea, professing children, at this day, carry it to their parents; snapping, and checking, curbing and rebuking of them, as if they had never received their beings by them, or had never been beholden to them for bringing of them up; yea, as if the relation was lost, or as if they had received a dispensation from God to dishonour and disobey parents.

I will add, that this sin reigns in little and great, for not only the small and young, but men, are disobedient to their parents; and indeed, this is the sin with a shame, that men shall be disobedient to parents; the sin of the last times, that men shall be ‘disobedient to parents,’ and ‘without natural affection.’

… Is it not common now-a-days, for parents to be brought into bondage and servitude by their children?  For parents to be under, and children above; for parents to be debased, and children to lord it over them.  Nor doth this sin go alone in the families where it is; no, those men are lovers of their ownselves; covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemous, that are disobedient to their parents.  This is that the prophet means, when he saith, ‘The child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable’ (Isaiah 3:5).  This is a common sin, and a crying sin, and to their shame be it spoken that are guilty; a sin that makes men vile to a high degree, and yet it is the sin of professors.

This is a sin in the house, in the family, a sin that is kept in hugger-mugger, close; but God sees it, and hath declared his dislike against it, by an implicit threatening, to cut them off that are guilty of it…Let them then that name the name of Christ, depart from this iniquity” (John Bunyan, Complete Works; underlining mine–CD).

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