I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. – 2 Timothy 4:1-4
When the Apostle warns that “a time is coming”, we may tend to think of a degenerative process leading down to an end-time nadir of lawlessness and apostasy. There have been, though, and will probably continue to be historical troughs in the cycle. Peaks and valleys of revival and falling away occur for individuals, nations, and mankind as a whole. If one looks at popular culture in America today, he might conclude that we are at or very near a low point. That may be true, or it may get much worse. I shudder to think this is not the bottom, but it is possible. I would not wonder that human depravity could shock the devil.