Man Christians are aware of the prophecy
of Jesus concerning "LOVE Growing Cold."
However, do you know the context of His Words?
And because iniquity shall
abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
"Iniquity" literally means "lawlessness" or "not
having law," going against the law, breaking the law.
This is what the false teachers and falser prophets "teach," that you can't really KEEP the whole law, so you should in fact BREAK the whole law, or at least one of the Ten Commandments, that it is in fact your DUTY to disobey God! And this is why LOVE is growing cold.
At that time many will turn away from the faith
and will betray and hate each other, and many
false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love
of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm
to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:10-13 (NIV)
...and many people's love will grow cold
because of increased distance from Torah.
(The Complete Jewish Bible)
...and because of the abounding of the
lawlessness, the love of the many
shall become cold (Young's Literal)
Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the
love of many will grow cold.
(New Living Translation)
Such will be the spread of evil
that many people's love will grow cold.
(The Good News Translation)
And because lawlessness
will abound, the love of many
will grow cold. (NKJ)
And because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold.
(Third Millenium Bible)
And because lawlessness
will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.
And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. (English Standard)
Because lawlessness is increased,
most people's love will grow cold.
And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. (Douay-Rheims)
And because wickedness is multiplied,
most men's love will grow cold. (RSV)
And because there will be more and more
lawlessness, most people's love will grow cold.
Because iniquity will be multiplied,
the love of many will grow cold.
There will be more and more evil in the world,
so most people will stop showing their love
for each other. (New Century)
For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will
do them in - nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes. (The Message)
...and because lawlessness shall prevail, the love of the most shall grow cold (Darby)
And because iniquity will abound, the love of many
will become cold. (Webster)
...and with the increase of lawlessness, love in most people will grow cold (New Jerusalem)
...and because of the prevalent disregard
of God's law the love of the great majority
will grow cold (Weymouth)
Note, this is not talking about heathen, about pagans, about those that directly hate God, atheists and agnostics, or lions and tigers and bears, oh my. This is talking about those that profess to be Christian. This is talking about those who come in His Name, those who teach many to break the least of these Commandments. The false shepherds who grow fat while starving the sheep. The wolves wearing the skins of sheep. Those that place their own man-made traditions at level and even higher than the Word of God. These are those that cry "Lord! Lord!" and cast out demons and perform mighty works, while all along they do not keep His Commandments, and He says, clearly, distinctly, "If you love Me, keep My Commandments!"
The Good News is
if you hold fast until the end
YOU WILL BE SAVED!
Hold Fast, Hektor!
Jesus says: "Let no man deceive you."