“Perilous times” have indeed entered the religious and secular arena of our day. Biblical discernment has been all but abandoned in the church. Hatred among those who are normally civil now seems unrestrained. Political viciousness across party lines is unprecedented. Pro-abortion legislation is being cheered. Yet those are just a few of the “perilous” effects of loving “their own selves.” Second Timothy chapter 3 verses 2 through 13 give us more: “…covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith…[these] evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” One cannot separate those sins from the aggressive implementation of self-love; they are the inevitable consequence.
T. A. McMahon, “Tragedy Compounded.” The Berean Call, 12/19.