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How many people in our culture are tired of mistruths, half-truths, and blatant lies coming from various media sources? We've reached a tipping point, or to say it more vividly, our culture is circling the drain. We're going downhill fast! But the hope of the gospel is the greatest gravity fighter! It's the only floatation device! It's the ballast in the keel of the boat!

Paul the apostle has been determined to help the church at Philippi through his instruction in chapter three. He refutes those who would lead the church "down the drain" into works-based righteousness. Here in v.17 and following, Paul implores them to imitate him and others who are like-minded. He says with tears that there are some who "walk as enemies of the cross of Christ," saying, "Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things" (Php 3:19).