(2 Timothy 3:5). The “form” or appearance of godliness includes going to church, being water baptized, knowing Christian doctrine, using Christian cliches, and following a community’s Christian traditions. Such practices can make a person look good outward, but if the inner attitudes of belief, love, and worship are lacking, the outer appearance of a person is meaningless. People do not like to be exposed.
Instead of repenting of their ungodliness, and turning to Jesus Christ, they seek to destroy the one who has shown them up for what they really are. Paul warns us not to be deceived by people who only appear to be Christians. It May be difficult to distinguish them from true Christians at first, but their lives will give them away. The characteristics described in 2Timothy 3: 2-4 are unmistakable. You shall know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).
Paul had no illusions (like some people,) that the world would gradually become better and better, until finally all men and women would become converted. Rather, he knew by divine Revelation that the opposite would be the case. That evil men and seducers (impostors) will grow worse and worse (2Timothy 3:13). They would become more subtle in their methods and more bold in their attacks. Not only would they deceive others, but they themselves would be ensnared by the very false teaching with which they sought to trap their hearers. Think about it my friends, think about it. After having paddled their lies for so long, they would actually come to believe them personally (believing their own lies).
As the Bible declares, For the time will come when they (those who were deceived) will not endure sound doctrine (the truth) ; but after their OWN lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; means hearing only what they want to hear. And they (those who were deceived) shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (lies, 2timothy4:3-4. Jesus said, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!! John 8:32. Think about it my friends, think about it.
-Brother Wallace Jackson