What the Bible Says About Lawlessness
“And lawlessness will be increased, and most people’s love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). This verse from the Bible talks about how lawlessness will increase in the end times. This increase in lawlessness can be seen all around us. We see it in the news, on the streets, and even in our own homes.
Paul begins by stating that everyone is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Or do you not know that those who are employed in the priestly service of the church are considered ministers of Christ, administering to his body, which is the church? But if you have bitter jealousy and contention in your hearts, do not boasting and lying against the truth! This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For where there is jealousy and contention, there you will find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy! And the righteousness from above descends upon those who make peace…
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
a. Galatians 5:21 Some manuscripts include envyings.
What Causes Lawlessness?
There are many factors that can contribute to lawlessness. Broken homes, poverty, mental illness, and a lack of education are just a few of the causes. When people don’t have the proper guidance or support, they are more likely to turn to a life of crime. Let’s take a closer look at some of the causes of lawlessness.
Sin is the transgression of divine law. It is lawlessness. And it is this that makes man a lawbreaker, and at war with God. “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). So what causes lawlessness? It is our sinful nature. We are born with a sinful, rebellious nature that is at war with God and His laws. The Bible says, “There is none who does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12).
Rebellion is often seen as the ultimate act of lawlessness. When people rebel, they are rejecting the authority of the law and choosing to go against it. There are many different reasons why people might rebel against the law. In some cases, it may be because they feel that the law is unjust and they want to change it. In other cases, it may be because they simply don’t agree with the law and they want to defy it. Whatever the reason, rebellion is seen as a serious act of lawlessness.
Ignorance is often cited as a major cause of lawlessness. When people are unaware of the law, they are more likely to break it. This can be due to a number of factors, including a lack of education or simply not being informed about the law. In some cases, people may be deliberately kept in the dark about the law in order to exploit them.
The Consequences of Lawlessness
The bible verse that talks about the consequences of lawlessness is Romans 6:23. This verse says that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The consequences of lawlessness are clear: death. But, there is hope! We can have eternal life if we turn to Christ.
Separation from God
The first and most fundamental consequence of lawlessness is separation from God. When we choose to disobey God, we are choosing to go our own way instead of His. This separation begins in our hearts, and it eventually manifests itself in our actions. We may not realize it, but every time we sin, we are pushing God away from us.
Over time, this separation can become more and more pronounced, until we find ourselves living in complete disobedience to God. At this point, we are effectively cut off from His grace and mercy. We are no longer able to experience the joy of His presence in our lives, and we will ultimately end up facing His wrath and judgement.
This is why it is so important to stay close to God and obey His commands. When we do, we enjoy His love and protection. But when we choose to rebel against Him, we bring all kinds of problems and heartache into our lives.
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
The lake of fire is a place of eternal punishment. It is a real place where those who have not received forgiveness will be eternally punished. This is described as a “second death” in Revelation 20:14.
What does this punishment entail? The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of specifics, but we can be sure that it will be tormenting and excruciating (Luke 16:23-24). It will be a place where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12).
This should cause us to take our sin seriously and to repent while there is still time. We don’t want to experience the consequences of lawlessness, which is eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
The main purpose of temporal punishment is to make amends for the sinful action. It isRectification of the disorder caused by sin. “An evil committed cannot be amended by a good intention alone; it requires also an actual good deed corresponding proportionately to the evil of the offense.” (ST II-II, q. 14, a. 12). The honest person who intends to make amends for a sin may seek advice from his confessor or spiritual director as to an act of reparation which would correspond proportionately to his sin and its gravity. This will help him perform his act of reparation in the most efficacious way possible.