“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
We are living in a day and time where we see the meaning of these verses more clearly than ever before. Mankind is searching for answers—spiritual answers. But many are eager for the blessings that come with a life dedicated to the Lord but not the self-discipline, not the self-denial, not the self-abasement, not the humility, not the holy or righteous lifestyle. Many want all the benefits without a life submitted to the Benefit Giver.
So many “Christians” flock to churches and the preachers, evangelists and teachers who will preach to them what they want to hear—riches, power, success, and the list goes on. In essence, they have turned away from the truth and have become comfortable with lies and deception. What has happened is exactly what today’s verse is relating . . . they have turned away from truth and have turned truth into fables.
Where do we stand? Do we submit to the preaching of the Word of God regardless how uneasy we feel when confronted with truth? Or, do we search for a more palatable sermon? In order to tell the truth from the lie, the real from the counterfeit, we must be more than just casually acquainted with the truth. When bank tellers are being taught to recognize counterfeit money, they study the genuine bills so when they encounter a counterfeit, they readily recognize it. On the same wise, we must read the Word, study it, and commit it to our heart and memory. Then, when we come in contact with a false doctrine or message, we will immediately know it.
Let’s pay particular attention in order to avoid being like those who will not endure sound doctrine. Submit to the whole counsel of God and allow the unadulterated Word of God to do its perfect work in our hearts.
Father, I pray that I will never become one of those who turn away from truth and seek after an easier doctrine. Help me, Lord, to recognize the false doctrine of the world and to cling to the Truth presented in Your Word. Help me never fall to prey to those who preach and teach an ear-pleasing message, amen.
“And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” (John 17:19)
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