Itching Ears

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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. But watch thou in all things." (1 Tim. 4:1-5)

Here is one of those passages of Holy Scriptures which we casually pass over, or perhaps relegate to "Them." Who are these people with itching ears? And who are these teacher who are willing to accommodate them. Lord, is it I?

The Apostle Paul gave Timothy a solemn charge to Preach . .. Doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. What is it they want to hear? Fables. They want to feel comfortable in their religious ease. A woman approached my wife a while back to inquire as to what our group believed. In her reply she mentioned that one thing we advocate is holiness. (I am sure some of you remember that one. "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." Heb. 12:14) The woman’s reaction was almost violent. She gave Zena to understand that she did not want to hear anything about that, and quickly found somewhere else to be.

Apparently that time has come. Is your preacher easy on the ears? Did you ask him to be? Perhaps if we tried, and asked God to help us, we would be able to find one of those true pastors which God promised, in Jeremiah 3:15, that He would give to us. "I will give you pastors according to mine heard, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."