2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
These words of warning were given to believers concerning the kingdom of God. Paul, the author of 2 Timothy, wrote with passion from a prison cell. His message was vital and he needed believers to heed the words.
Believers today desperately need this reminder as well. Instead of seeking God for ourselves and digging into His word, we tend to look for teachers, pastors and ideas that align with our personal beliefs and desires.
We have all been guilty of this on some level. We follow popular preachers who have mesmerized the masses and often do not take time to search in the word to see if what they are saying is from God. Many teachers twist scripture to support their own ideas or in order to say what you want to hear. This is dangerous.
What have your itching ears wanted to hear that has led you to false doctrine? Maybe you wanted to hear that you are going to be millionaire or that you would never get sick or that your earthly life will never have sorrow. Unfortunately, this is what some preach and we have eaten it it up.
Challenge: Take time to repent if you have ever been guilty of this. Take inventory of the teachers and preachers that you follow and ask God to help you to turn your heart away from any false doctrine.