2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them]. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
Galatians 6:7-8 (AMPC)
Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.
One kernel of corn will produce a corn stock with two or more ears. Lets say this stock has two ears. Each ear will average about 800 kernels so two ears per corn stock will have about 1600 kernels. If you’re a farmer that’s great. But if you’re dishonest, that’s an overwhelming return on your investment of sin!
Have you noticed that when you do something displeasing to the Lord He says little or nothing? The reason is that it isn’t necessary for Him to say anything. Your investment of sin will come back to you many times over! Those who practice sinning while claiming God’s name (Christian) wonder why they don’t have the relationship with Jesus that they want.
I John 3:4, 6 (AMPC) (emphasis mine)
4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect—being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
6 No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him—deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].
These verses are saying that habitual sin is not consistent with the Christian walk. Our political leaders, our entertainment industry, our sports clubs all glamorize gross sin. Worse, America exports sin. Even as Daniel prayed prayers of repentance in Daniel 9 by identifying with his nation, so let those of us who understand who we are in Jesus pray repentance and turning from sin for our nation.