2 Tim 3:1-7 But understand this that in the last days.. people will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.. always learning but never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Life is difficult on its own let alone life in the last days. We are living in the last days described of in Paul’s words to Timothy. The issues outlined here are marks of complacent Christianity.
Complacency loves pleasure more than it loves God. Complacent believers make church more about them than about God. Its characterised more by apathy, passivity and selfishness than by action, passion and sacrifice. In a cultural climate of self-help, self-talk and self-love, complacent Christianity thrives. Complacent Christianity attempts to bring God down to the lowest level of non-commitment possible.
Complacency has the form but not the power. Complacency engages in the ritual but lacks the power. It appears godly but it never lives up to what it looks like. Complacent Christianity is religious but lacks substance to change people’s lives. Complacency leaves you wondering, there’s got to be more to following God than attending endless events but not seeing heaven break into the earthly realm.
Complacency always hears but never obeys. The western church is more educated than we are obedient. We’ve heard sermon after sermon, read book after book but seen very little change. We’ve got to move from hearing only to obeying promptly. Jesus said, ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do what I tell you to do?’ Love for God is marked by obedience.