2 Timothy 4:3 “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”
Christianity is changing. We all know it has been, we talk about it all of the time. We make jabs at folks like Joel Osteen or Rick Warren. We roll our eyes at books like Jesus Calling, The Shack and Your Best Life Now because we see clearly through their façade. We are told that speaking out against others in the realm of Christianity is judgmental and wrong, so we joke and laugh at their expense without realize it’s at our own expense.
We watch social media preachers grow in numbers. Joshua Feuerstein with two million followers, Marcus Rogers with 400,000. Jory Micah proclaims the oppression of women via the Bible and Bromleigh McCleneghan telling Christians that sex outside of marriage is totally fine. Andy Stanley begins to deny the validity of scripture and Perry Noble recommends we look at the Ten Commandments as suggestions.
Why should we worry about them? Isn’t their deception obvious? Well, no, it isn’t. If it were we wouldn’t be needing to have this conversation. Not only do they pervert the scripture by creating a version of God in their own image, but they even deceive the very elect at times. Don’t believe me? Jesus told us, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” (Matt 24:24)
There is no better time for us to embrace sound doctrine and theology. We must wrestle through these truths together, in order to become a strand that is not easily broken (Ecc 4:12). There will come a day that Christianity will not be recognized to us today. That being one who embraces the scripture in totality in the face of adversity will label us as “extremists and terrorists”. It’s not that unreasonable is it? That those who pervert scripture now, will be the ones who influence the law and our society. Those who are acceptable to the world will be raised up at “true Christians” because of their promotion of “love” over the judgment of a God who hates sin, and those who do evil.
Adhering to a Biblical standard will mark us enemies of the state, and the common “good” of the world. We will move from arguing over theologies, to praying for endurance while our own families are being killed for their beliefs. If you aren’t prepared to be hated by the world around you, you aren’t a part of Christ. Yes, it’s a scary thought, but one that the scripture not only promises will happen, but one that comes with an eternal reward, far better than anything on this Earth.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. “For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”