A New Peril In The Last Days -- By: Robert T. Ketcham

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 03:4 (Winter 1960)
Article: A New Peril In The Last Days
Author: Robert T. Ketcham

A New Peril In The Last Days

Robert T. Ketcham

Written in 1956 as National Representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches

“This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come” (II Tim. 3:1) is a familiar text — so also is its context. It not only announces a fact but it states the causes which produce the fact. Times of peril are to come because “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” These “times of peril” are surely upon us. This list sounds like a modern news analysis of society as it now is. As believers in the Book and the Blessed Hope, we have all acknowledged this as a profound and perfect picture of the “last days.”

There is, however, a new peril showing its head in our day. The peril of which I speak is clearly prophesied in many Scriptures. While it does not appear specifically in II Timothy 3:1–5, it does appear indirectly later in the chapter. The peril to which I refer is not one arising from the world of godless men and “pug-uglies.” It is one arising from the world of evangelicals! Men who have been trusted as leaders in the evangelical field are now coming forward with a proposition which is frightening in its potential of peril. This “new look” at the “old Book” is couched in such subtle terminology as to make it a major peril to God’s people. Only those who are accustomed to detecting these subtleties are aware of them in this new proposition. The rank and file of God’s people are apt to fall for it. The new proposition which is now emanating from the camp of “evangelicalism” is most insidious in its phrasing and approach. The perils of which Paul speaks in II Timothy 3 are so easily recognizable that the believer can readily detect them and avoid them. The peril of this “new evangelicalism” is far more dangerous because it comes with

words of avowed loyalty to the Scriptures while proposing such a new approach to them as can easily change the whole complexion of the great body of Christian doctrine.

The peril to which I refer is set forth in an editorial in the March, 1956, issue of “Christian Life” magazine. The article is entitled “Is Evangelical Theology Changing?” The editor of this particular article ...

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