Dangerous Sin of Self Love
Category : General
2 Timothy 3: 2 (KJV)
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
It is proper to remark, first, in what he makes the hardship of those “dangerous” or “troublesome” times to consist; not in war, nor in famine, nor in diseases, nor in any calamities or inconveniences to which the body is incident, but in the wicked and depraved actions of men.
It shall be one of the characteristics of those times that men shall be eminently selfish – evidently under the garb of religion; 2 Timothy 3:5. The Greek word here used for lover of self (philautos) does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. It means a lover of oneself, “selfish.” This kind of love interferes with the rights and happiness of no other persons, the focus is ME.
It is important to note the usage here is not in a good sense, as men may be, and as such are who love their neighbors as themselves, and do that to others they would have done to themselves; and who take all prudent and lawful care to preserve the life and health of their bodies, and seek in a right way the salvation of their immortal souls: but in a bad sense, as such may be said to be, who only love themselves; their love to God, and Christ, and to the saints, being only in pretense, not in reality; and who do all they do in a religious way, from a principle of self-love, and to selfish and mercenary ends; either to gain glory and applause from men, or to merit something for themselves at the hands of God, without any view to the glory of God, the honor and interest of Christ, and the good of others; and ascribe all they have and do to themselves, to their industry, diligence, power, free will, worth, and merit, and not to the grace of God.
The selfishness which is condemned, is that regard to our own interests which interferes with the rights and comforts of others; which makes self the central and leading object of living; and which tramples on all that would interfere with that. As such, it is a base, and hateful, and narrow passion; but it has been so common in the world that no one can doubt the correctness of the prophecy of the apostle that it would exist “in the last times.” This is very dangerous and is a deadly sin that we see prevalent and evident in our society. However, the sad reality is that this characteristic may be seen in the principles and practices of many in the church. This sinful self-love is the root of all the rest that follows in the list. Let us beware, be careful of this great evil–SELF LOVE and INTEREST
Have a great and godly day!