by Mike Ratliff
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV)
No Christian would argue that this list characterizes man in these last days, but sadly, these very things are tolerated in professing believers in our time. This passage and other obvious Bible verses that state these things are simply ignored by professing Christians and Christian leaders. They give lip service to the Bible, but disregard what it actually says. How often do we encounter a professing brother or sister in Christ and as we attempt to deal with them Biblically are rudely attacked from an obvious base of pride manifesting itself in arrogance? I personally find that very disquieting. Yes, it may accomplish what that person wanted in getting us to back off, but what has it done to our relationship and, even more importantly, what has it done to their own relationship with God, if one did indeed exist to begin with?
Here is 2 Timothy 3:2 from the ESV: For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy
Here is 2 Timothy 3:2 from the NA27 text: ἔσονται γὰρ οἱ ἄνθρωποι φίλαυτοι φιλάργυροι ἀλαζόνες ὑπερήφανοι βλάσφημοι, γονεῦσιν ἀπειθεῖς, ἀχάριστοι ἀνόσιοι
The word the ESV translates as “arrogant” is the Greek adjective ὑπερήφανοι, which is the nominative, plural of ὑπερήφανος or huperēphanos, “assuming, haughty, arrogant.” It is used to speak of one who shows himself above his fellow men, in honor preferring himself. There is not one passage in Sacred Scripture that tolerates this attitude in believers. In fact, God has this to say about it.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:1-10 ESV)
Carefully read this my brethren. Have you been “offended” by a fellow brother or sister in Christ? Have you been hurt by all the fighting and fruitless arguing going on lately within our ranks? The answer is not to hold on to your anger through pride, but to release it through humbling yourself before God. Submit yourselves to God, draw near to God and He will draw near to you. I promise you that His desire will be for you to be reconciled to your brother or sister in Christ. Go to them and seek forgiveness. You may say, “Yeah, but he said!” or “Yeah, but she said!” So what! Is not God able to make all things right? Get the devil out of the picture and all that stuff that seems so important will look like nothing. Get on your knees before God, confess your sins to Him, then go to your brothers and sisters and seek forgiveness. That is what is called for. The opposite is to be full of pride or to be arrogant, that is of the flesh, and that means you are controlled by the devil. I doubt if anyone reading this wants that.
Soli Deo Gloria!