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December 23, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Enduring sound doctrine
We read in 2 Timothy 4:3-4:
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Sound doctrine can sometimes be difficult to handle. It demands a lot of work to understand, remember, and apply. In most cases, the sound doctrine goes against human nature. Because we want to have our own way, we won’t endure sound doctrine anymore.
As a result, we want to have our own ways. We want to do what seems easy and pleasurable. To replace sound doctrine, people would instead choose the teachers they like to scratch their itching ears.
People who abandon God’s word, His sound doctrine, and teaching, would soon find teachers who would teach them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.
This tells us that not all popular teachers teach by God’s word. Most of them simply are popular because they teach doctrines that are easy to follow and apply. These teachers are eloquent. They are charismatic. They are influential.
Yet, they are just popular because they give what their listeners want.
Therefore, people with itching ears would turn away from the truth. They would rather believe fables and myths. Some people call themselves Christians and believe they can mix unbiblical teachings with God’s word.
There are those who believe in the Bible and evolution at the same time. There are those who approve of homosexuality and sinful behaviors and still say, “I love Jesus.” There are those who worship God but at the same time worship money, status, power, and even themselves.
You see, people with itching ears don’t want to hear teachers correcting them. They don’t want to hear about sin, repentance, and good works. They would rather listen to feel-good sermons, sing rock-and-roll worship songs, and treat the church as a social club.
As true followers of the Messiah, we must and should stay faithful to God’s sound doctrine. Let’s not trade God’s truth with false teachers and fables that only please the sense temporarily, but lead to destruction.
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