2 Timothy 3:1-9
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 11)
We have been looking at some of the specific signs which the Bible says will become increasingly evident in the behavior and lifestyle of people during the end times. In this series, we have looked at the following, all of which are mentioned in this passage:
1. The increased selfishness of man.
2. The increased lawlessness of man.
3. The increased religiosity of man.
4. Increased blasphemy and rejection of God.
5. Increased ingratitude or unthankfulness among men.
6. An increase in unholy living.
7. A lack of natural affection among people.
8. Trucebreakers and people who do not keep their word.
9. False accusers, slanderers, and people who cause division between others
10. Traitors not only in the world, but in the church
Today, we turn our attention to the words “heady” and “highminded.” We are dealing with these two words together because they are closely related. What do these words mean? The word “heady” comes from the Greek word meaning headstrong, rash, or reckless. A heady person is characterized by activity that is self-serving and impetuous. They plunge rapidly ahead into what they want to do, not taking heed to sound advice and words of caution. Nothing matters to them but getting what they want.
In our very first message in this series — Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? — we dealt with the sign of increased selfishness among people. A heady person is one who is selfish because he cares only for his own wishes and desires. He does not obey the Biblical command in Philippians 2:4: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
You heard the old saying, “haste makes waste.” People ruin their lives because they are in a hurry to do something or to get somewhere that they are not ready for. Some people are in a hurry to get married when they are not ready for marriage. Some young people are in a hurry to leave home when they are not ready to face the world on their own. Some people are in a hurry to leave the job or work position that they are in when they are really not ready for the added responsibilities. If you look back on your life, you are probably able to identify a point at which you rushed into something, made a mess of things, and then realized that it would have been better if you had waited.
Why are so many people’s lives and families ruined in the world today? The reason is simple: Because people refuse to do things God’s way. People want to do marriage their way, and look where that has gotten us — broken homes, broken families, a broken society. It’s about to get even worse: people are trying to get homosexual marriage legalized across the country. It’s already legal in a few other countries. In a few years, people are going to be wondering why so many people are sick from sexually transmitted diseases. The World Health Organization recently reported that homosexuals are 19 times more likely to have HIV than the general population. It also stated that there is an “exploding epidemic” of HIV in homosexual communities around the world. Last year a Gallup poll found that 69% of Americans think divorce is acceptable, 66% think fornication is acceptable, 42% think abortion is acceptable. All of these things that are wrong and sinful in God’s eyes. But, people want to do things their way, not God’s way. They are heady — they think they know what is best — and they rush headlong to their own destruction.
People want to have their own way, and so they try to push God out of their lives. You’ve heard of the lawsuits being filed against schools, businesses, and cities that do simple things such as pray before a city council meeting, put up a monument of the Ten Commandments before the courthouse, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “one nation under God” in it before school starts. Now, people are saying, ‘No, we don’t want God involved in our lives. We know what’s best. We can do things on our own.’ And then they wonder why we have so many school shootings, so much corruption in government , and so much crime in our community.
How is headyness connected with highmindedness? The word “highminded” comes from the Greek word for conceited. It is also translated: to be puffed up, to be swollen with conceit, or to be swell headed. A highminded person is one who is filled with pride. The Greek word “tuphoo” literally means to be wrapped in smoke or mist. It carries with it the picture of having a distorted view of one’s own standing. Commentators have likened this person to a “know it all” because no one can tell them anything. They have such a high view of themselves that they do not believe they can be corrected or instructed. And, so, like the “heady” person, they go right on their way thinking they are right and fall into destruction. The book of Proverbs calls this type of person a fool.
Why must headiness and highmindedness be guarded against in the life of the Christian? The Scottish preacher Edward Irving stated, “Above all things, truth and righteousness are to be pursued; haste and rashness are to be diligently guarded against, for the reason that we are naturally prone to that which is evil and slow to that which is good.” For many of us, it is natural to be hasty and impetuous. We get an idea fixed in our head that we think is right and we attempt to pursue it. However, the wise and humble among us will consult with the word of God and consult with others before making our decisions. As the Bible says, “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
As Christians, we ought to demonstrate to the world the power of doing things God’s way. We must not succumb to the natural, fleshly temptation to become heady and highminded — full of ourselves, our own wishes, and our will. Rather, we show ourselves to be the true servants of Christ by obeying what He says and putting His will before our own.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and right now I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.