Devotional Thought for Today – 06/12/2021

ITCHY EARS

What Does 2 Timothy 4:3 Mean?

2 Timothy 4

CONTEXT: In the final chapter of 2 Timothy, Paul writes about two major themes. The first is quite obvious the importance of preaching the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:1–8). The second section offers personal concerns and thoughts to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:9–22).

In order to understand our text, we need to understand the previous verse, the Command or Charge (v.2) from Paul to Timothy to Preach the Word! He must be ready when it is convenient (in season) and inconvenient or troublesome to preach (out of season). He, Timothy must be ready to JUDGE those in error and point out their errors (reprove and rebuke). Finally, Timothy is to encourage, support, aid, and comfort the church (exhort) by using sound Biblical teaching (doctrine) and patient leadership (longsuffering).

Now our Text for Today (v.3) makes more sense, especially in today’s churches. Far too many folks have itchy ears and want whatever they can get out of a “worship” service. Somehow their Theology and Doctrine (these are almost 4 letter words in some evangelical circles) are all screwed up. They have placed themselves and their needs above God. 😥

He is the best preacher, not that tickles the ear, but that breaks the  heart.

Paul makes it clear to Timothy and it should be clear to everyone who stands behind a pulpit (or wherever they stand or sit today) The object of Worship, the Object of Preaching is Christ and Him crucified, not the folks in the pew. Churches are not places to bring the world into they are the House of God, Holy Sanctuaries, and should be treated as such. It is far too easy today to walk into many churches and be confused thinking it is an amusement park.

” If a teacher fascinates with his doctrine, his teaching never came from God. The teacher sent from God is the one who clears the way to Jesus and keeps it clear; souls forget altogether about him because the vision of Jesus is the only abiding result. When people are attracted to Jesus Christ through you, see always that you stay on God all the time, and their hearts and affections will never stop at you.”

Oswald Chambers 


Other Resources:

What does 2 Timothy 4:3 mean by itching ears?

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/08/2021, Beware False Teachers

Seduced With Flattery

What makes a room or building a sanctuary?

The masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road!

If I Only Had One Sermon To Preach”

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/25/2021

Biblical Doctrine: The Lifeblood of the Christian life
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Recently I had a discussion with someone who maintained that doctrine was not necessary, in fact it was ‘old fashion archaic thinking and his time was much better spent working for the kingdom.’

I hope that I am not the only one that saw the issue with that statement. How can one hope to serve the Kingdom with out having a right understanding of God’s Holy Word and how to apply it to your life? Forsaking Biblical doctrine can mean only one thing, we would rather live in the world.

Doctrine after all is in the basic sense, teaching or instruction. The word translated “doctrine” means “instruction, especially as it applies to lifestyle application”  2 Timothy 3:16.

Doctrine is very important in the bible. One can not seriously read the Bible without seeing it as an instruction manual from God as to our moral, ethical and spiritual behaviours. Yet we live in an age, as Paul predicted, 2 Timothy 3:4, when mankind would either reject sound doctrine or doctrine altogether. That is not to say one must get tied up in or argumentative over controversial biblical doctrines. Yet in most areas, the Bible is completely CLEAR and CONSISE

It should be the “DESIRE” the “GOAL” the “HOPE” of every true believer to mature in the Doctrine of God so we can fulfill the mission God has for each of us.

Today’s Prayer

Thank You, Father, for Your Holy Scriptures. Teach me, convict me, correct me and train me through the living, powerful inspired Word of truth, that I may be equipped to carry out the work that You have ordained for me to do. Keep me mindful of the dark days that face the Church in these times and may I live and work to Your praise and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.

Modified from Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/2-Timothy/3/16

OTHER RESOURCES:

Why is Doctrine Important?

What Is Doctrine and Why Is It Important?

What is doctrine?

What Is Sound Doctrine?

Why is sound doctrine so important?

Bible Verses About Sound Doctrine

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/08/2021

Beware of False Teaching | Our Daily Bread Ministries

Before I get into the topic of today, yesterday’s post on 2 Corinthians 6:2, was the precursor to Paul’s teaching on what a ministry should be 2 Corinthians 6:3-10.  Of course, the bible has much more to say about what the makeup of church leaders, ministers, teachers, deacons, etc.,  should be. 

It also has much to say about False Teachings or Teachers. The KJV Bible online for instance has 17 verses listed while the Open Bible has nearly 100 listings.  My point in this is to make it clear that the Holy Spirit (the author of the Bible) wanted to be sure we knew there would be many of those opposed to sound biblical doctrine who would arise and try and lead folks astray. 

Four of my favorite verses on the subject are 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 3:5, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, 1 John 2:18-25.  Again in reading these, it is plain that many a false teacher is wandering around just waiting for the gullible follower. What is most disturbing is John’s warning that they will be known to us for they will claim to be “religious folks” that is they believe the bible but their actions deny that truth. Or maybe worse we will know for certain they have come out of the “church” and are now spreading false doctrines. 

J.C. Ryle, the Anglican theologian of the 19th Century wrote about Eight Symptoms of False Doctrine: (and those who spout it) 

Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.

        1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their ‘earnestness’ makes many think they must be right.
        2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.
        3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.
        4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong.
        5. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.
        6. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heart-work.
        7. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan often masquerades himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14).
        8. There is a widespread ‘gullibility’ among professing Christians: every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed, and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.

All these things are peculiar symptoms of our times. I defy any observing person to deny them. They tend to make the assaults of false doctrine in our day peculiarly dangerous. They make it more than ever needful to cry aloud, ‘Do not be carried away!’

From J. C. Ryle’s Warnings to the Churches [Banner of Truth, 1967], ‘Divers and Strange Doctrines’, pages 76-77, with slight editing.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, there are so many false teachings and doctrines of demons that are flooding mainline churches today, and I pray that You would give me discernment and protection from all those, (whether knowingly or unknowingly) who are distorting the word of truth and the gospel of grace.

Give me wisdom and understanding as I read Your Word, so that I may be enabled to discern what is biblical truth and what is a distortion of that truth. Father, Your Word tells us that in the last days there will come times of great difficulty, where love will wear thin and people will be become proud and arrogant, abusive and unholy, having an outward appearance of godliness but denying the truth of the gospel. Protect me I pray, and all those I love from being influenced by such evil distortions, and keep us under Your promised protection, by Your grace.

Protect our hearts and minds from all those who distort the truth, and keep us all covered in the love of God, and protected by the blood of Christ, as we wait for His any day return. He alone is able to keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen

Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/prayer/prayer-of-protection-from-false-teachings-1156


OTHER RESOURCES:

Warnings to the Churches (eBook)

What is false doctrine?

False Teachers and Deadly Doctrines

Seduced With Flattery

Logos.com

Con lisonjas seducirá a los violadores del pacto; mas el pueblo que conoce a su Dios se esforzará y actuará. (RVR 1960) 


It is human nature to be appreciated. Anyone who says they do not like to get an attaboy for a job well done is either lying or just full of false humility. Husbands you understand try going a week without telling your wife “I love you” and see how that goes :). 

But there is a H U G E difference between being paid a compliment for doing well, loving someone, etc. and seducing them with (AMP) smooth words [of flattery and praise]. 


CONTEXT:

Daniel 11 is arguably one of the most detailed and involved prophecies in the Bible. I will not attempt to put to pen what other great scholars have done before me. I will provide the following to give context to our text today:

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible – Unabridged Daniel Overview

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) Daniel Chapter 11 

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible- Daniel 11 Overview 

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge – Daniel Oveview by Arend Remmers

If I had to give my BRIEF overview of Daniel I would first divide it into two main sections. Chapters 1-6 being the reign of current world kingdoms Greek and Persian. The Chapters 7-12 The future kingdoms (Prophecy) and the remnant. 

Borrowing from Matthew Henry, we find in chapter 11 v.1-30 the angel of the Lord shows Daniel that there will be a time coming of great conflict, strife and wars. Many will be deceived but God will remain sovereign and in control. 


 

BREAKDOWN: 

He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant,

Here is the key point of this verse (not the prophecy part) that so called believers will be seduced away by flattery. People will be so consumed with self, that God will test their faithfulness to His commandments and see if they can pass muster. 

It should be evident by the lackluster, water-down Gospel messages being preached by unbiblically qualified (READ THE BOOK) persons, and being accepted by multitudes that Daniel’s prophecy is at least in some part unfolding. We same the same thing expressed  by Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3 (AMP) For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold,

I know there will be some who will say, ‘what gives God the right’, hello He is GOD! The all powerful creator of the universe who sent His only begotten Son for a propitiation for man’s sin. Something we are totally incapable of doing or desiring to do on our own.

but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.

Yet a remnant  both in the time of Daniel, today and in the time the prophecy will be fulfilled will be found. These are those who LOVE God above all else, who as the (AMP) version puts it; …[are spiritually mature and] know their God will display strength and take action [to resist]. 

These folks know God, what a wonderful concept. Knowing God, while I and not sure we will ever truly and fully know God, His Word says He has given everything we need to live a very spiritual and godly life


APPLICATION:

Today’s application is simple, resist the fluff and go for the stuff. Be spiritually mature and do not fall prey to the make you feel good emotional garbage being spewed from so many pulpits today. God never called us to have itchy ears He called us to share the Genuine Gospel Message. Are you one of the Remnant?