2 Peter 3:3 says scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying “Where is the promise of His coming?”
“Walking according to their own lusts” – What does this mean? Albert Barnes defines it as “living in free indulgence of their sensual appetites.” John Gill, in his exposition of the Bible, says “this phrase denotes a continued series of sinning, a progress in it, desire after it, and pleasure in it.”
In the last days, people will be carnally-minded, and will completely disregard, even mock, the words of Jesus. Such an attitude and behaviour very closely resembles that of Noah’s day, when people were “indeed flesh” - driven solely by their lusts - and disregarded the warnings of judgment. If we haven’t reached that point yet, I would say that we are pretty close.
So, is our modern-day culture what Christ was talking about when He said things will be like it was in Noah’s day? Has our world really become as bad as all of that? I believe it has.
The men of Noah’s day embraced lustful living and godlessness. They were men of the flesh, wicked oppressors, and their entire system was corrupt. Justice was perverted, and most notable was the sexual immorality and decay of that culture. This is the kind of world that we can expect in the days before Christ’s return.
Looking at our world today, the parallels are striking. We live in a highly sexualized society where the desire for pleasure has become tantamount. There are 2 things in particular that defined the people of Noah’s day – total depravity, and widespread demonic activity, where “The sons of God came into the daughters of men.” While it is hard to know specifically how man progressed to this state, we know from the Bible that it happens (a) collectively, and (b) over time. We know that man had gotten to such a state of wickedness that it basically infiltrated their entire society.
We also know that sexual immorality can send a society into decay. In Noah’s day, demonic activity went hand-in-hand with rampant sexual deviance, and violence. Oppressive rulers practiced brutality, violence, and rape. So, what does this have to do with us today?
Human sex trafficking, and sexual violence against women and children, is a very serious problem. In the end times, it will become worse. Such crimes have increased over the years in direct proportion to the publication and distribution of pornography, and those who commit acts of sexual violence are almost always motivated to sexual aggression by pornography.
I will attempt to lay out how the modern-day scourge of visual pornography, and society’s acceptance of it, has brought our culture to this point, and how it reflects the fact that we are living in the last days.
The Bible talks about the behaviour of those in Noah’s day, how men took women by force and entered into unholy sexual unions. I suppose the next logical question follows: What would drive men to do something so horrible? Can we expect such behaviour in a civilized society such as ours? The truth is, our world is becoming less and less civilized. Millions of men are exposed to these kinds of images on a regular basis, as pornographic movies are filled with scenes of violence, rape, and humiliation. When a person is continually exposed to these kinds of images, it will affect his mind and his conscience, and he will become aroused by them.