False Gospel : Itching Ears

2 Timothy 4 : Preach the Word

Right before this Paul is speaking of God’s Word
– able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (vs 15)
– All Scripture is breathed out by God (vs 16)
– profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness (vs 16)
– will equip for every good work (vs 17)

So the charge in 2 Timothy 4?
– Preach the Word (vs 2)

2 Timothy 4:3-4
“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, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths”

Verses 3 and 4 sound eerily similar to The Fall in Genesis 3.

God gave Adam a sound teaching
– don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will die (Gen 2:17)

The serpent taught to suit Eve’s passion
– you will be like God (Gen 3:5)
– Eve looked at what she “desired” or would “delight” in (Gen 3:6)

and going against God’s word, Adam and Eve ate.

2 Timothy 4:3-4
“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, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths”

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