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An Itch for Novelty

People get caught up in nonsense, and it is an itch for novelty. After a while, they tire of it and run off to some new thing. It is because they have never learned to love the Word of God.
Apr 20, 2007 06:54 PM EDT

BY Greg Laurie

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. —2 Timothy 4:3–4

In describing the last days, the apostle Paul said, "A time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear . . . " (2 Timothy 4:3–4).

The phrase "itching ears" in verse 4 could be translated, "an itch for novelty." Is that not an apt description of people in the church today? I am amazed at the crazy things that people who profess to be Christians will buy into. It seems as though every few years, a new fad comes along that everyone gets worked up about.

People get caught up in nonsense, and it is an itch for novelty. After a while, they tire of it and run off to some new thing. It is because they have never learned to love the Word of God.

The Bible tells us that in the last days, there will be false teachers, there will be a false gospel, and there will be false miracles. Only those Christians who are conversant with the Word of God and are biblically literate will be able to identify them.

Jesus said we are to "go and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19). The church is a place where the Bible should be taught and where God's people should know what the Word of God says. It should be a place where we worship, a place where we pray, and a place where we use the gifts God has given to us. But we are getting away from that. And that is why there is such a vulnerability to false teaching today.

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