Itchy Ears


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. — 2 Timothy 4:3

This text is sobering for men like me who teach the Word. Every time I pick up the Scripture, I am reminded of the weight I bear in teaching it as the individual authors and God intended. And as I have gotten older, I have listened with greater precision to teachers who make these small diversions from what Paul calls "sound teaching." Some hearers will never pick up on these diversions. They will carelessly accept what they hear from these teachers based on how persuasively they might say it or how stylish they might be. But none of these things matter if the gospel they teach is not sound because it won't work.

In fact, some teachers maliciously teach unsound doctrine, knowing that it will meet with the passions of their audience. They do it to get butts in seats and bucks in wallets, but not the Bible into people's hearts and minds. They are fully aware that the Bible may reprove, rebuke, and exhort others (2 Timothy 4:2) and potentially drive them away from their church. They fear losing followers, so what they do is soften the edge of the truth to gain approval from man — not God. Thus they consciously exchange the passions of God for the passions of man to suit themselves.

So don't adjust the Bible to your liking. Let the Bible adjust you. And discover the life-giving power of a timeless book that has the power to change you in ways that will align you with God rather than the passions of man.

ASK THIS: Are you willing to let the truth change you rather than your take on the popular opinion?

DO THIS: Commit to letting truth win out in you, not your opinion. Begin with laying your opinion(s) down. (Share an opinion that you need to lay down in the comment section below.)

PRAY THIS: God, thanks for your unchanging truth. Change me, not your truth.

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23 thoughts on “Itchy Ears

  1. Tom MacLeod says:

    It is good to have teachers of the Word. But they are to stimulate us to study the Word to show yourself approved to the Word. Help me to allow the Word to align with it not to align the Word to me for His ways are alway Higher than my ways.

  2. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I also tend to judge people, but need to remind myself that God is the only judge that matters, and will judge us the same way we judge others. God, please help me to have Your compassion for everyone whenever I feel the desire to judge anyone.

  3. Marco says:

    When reading scripter, it is important to read with the full context of what the original author was intending to communicate to the original audience. There lies the message that was intended to be communicated. Taking scripters out of context is a travesty to the searching believer and fills us with false truth. If something from scripter is taught as a partial truth, it is a lie. God calls us to be set apart, holy from the world as his people. We cannot have God, AND… for example, the teaching that once we believe, we are saved. This is a partial truth, that causes us to believe a lie. We cannot be saved without first believing, and no one who does not believe can be saved. Demons believe in god, and know that he is real, but they are not saved ( James 2:19-20). In the prophet Isiah’s time the people believed in God, and even went to the temple. But they did not serve God alone. They were not set apart as his holy people, which lead to their destruction and exile to Babylon. God longs for us to be set apart, fully devoted to him, and him alone. Without reading scripter in context it is easy to miss the calling of our lord. We must read his word, pray for understanding, talk about him everyday, gather together as believers and work hard to show the results of our salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. (Phillippians 2:12) God’s word tell us that his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Let us pray for understanding daily!

  4. Chris says:

    I am daily reminded of my faults, sins and shortcomings. I humbly except that I am being held accountable and having to man up.

  5. Dennis James says:

    Studying God’s word and application is my main focus. I test all things to scripture and always am trying to live my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must decrease so that HE may increase.

  6. Cory B says:

    Judging people who lie, cheat, steal, or are hypocritical and self righteous. Because I too have either been all those at some point or I still am.

  7. Chris says:

    I lay down my opinions about politics and our government. God has put our leaders in place with purpose.

  8. Gary Vosen says:

    I need to stop judging others. Especially when it comes to politics. Seek truth thru the Word!

  9. Corey says:

    Well… 🙂 I have learned and daily I try and remember that if I am not praying about a specific subject and I have an opinion about it…I shouldn’t! Its simple. If your praying about it you can have a opinion or word from the Lord otherwise better drop the opinion and just pray about it! Our own opinions are just that, “our own”. Shouldn’t we want God’s opinion which is truth?

  10. Ed says:

    I need to set aside ALL my opinions, close my mouth and listen to that still, small voice that is the Holy Spirit confining the truth of the word

      • Ed says:

        Thank you. My frustrations with the events of the day and the lies, and rotting of our nation before our very eyes has caused some righteous anger that’s become self-righteous anger and I’ve gotten bitter and cynical in the process. May god still our tongues and soften our hearts towards those that are lost and may our words become edifying and not critical.