2 Timothy 4:3
New Living Translation
3 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.
When Jesus The Messiah first was sent to earth in flesh and resurrection there used to be a time when everyone wanted to hear his stories and teachings now people see only stories and teachings of his taught from others and they question what they already know so instead of searching for that which is true and they already know they search for just a sound response in and wherever they can get one but those are given by cons and false teachers they now will listen to what it is our own heart wants to hear not what was taught by Jesus The Messiah which we have always known true
The true teacher is Jesus The Messiah, Waymaker, Promise keeper
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.
What does 2 Timothy 4:3 mean?
The time when people would not listen to sound teaching and instead amass false teachers was not far away, according to this reference. . Paul was concerned that after his death, false teachers would arise in Ephesus and turn believers from the true faith into error and myths. Paul specifically addresses four concerns in this verse and the next that would lead people away from God’s truth.
The first two concerns are in this verse. First, people would grow tired of the true gospel and reject it. Instead, they would turn in other directions, looking to replace sound or healthy teaching. This is to be expected when the gospel message begins with a humbling, difficult thought: we are imperfect and in need of saving.
Second, instead of following godly teachers, people would choose to follow teachers who told them what they liked to hear, rather than what was true. The idea of “itching ears” may be that of twitching or moving ears that sought something different from the traditional, true gospel message.
The next verse will add two more descriptions of those who turn away: they will avoid truth, and they will follow myths.
Second Timothy 4:1–8 contains Paul’s last ministry instructions to Timothy. Paul knows that he will not survive his current imprisonment. So, he clearly and boldly charges Timothy—commands him—to hold to the faith he has seen and lived. He can do this knowing that Paul has faithfully served God, expecting the heavenly rewards given to all of God’s followers. The poignant tone of this passage is made even more bittersweet by the long friendship these two men have shared.
Paul introduces himself, then recaps Timothy’s path to becoming a minister. He reminds Timothy of how his family brought him up in the faith, and then how Timothy served faithfully with Paul in the past. Paul then focuses on two primary ideas. First, that Timothy’s background in the faith should give him the courage to stand fast against hard times. Second, that Timothy should use that courage to defend the truth of the gospel message. Paul will use these points and examples as the foundation for the rest of his letter
Second Timothy is the last of Paul’s epistles. He was a prisoner in Rome, and knew that his life was nearing its end. Paul also knew that after his departure, grievous wolves, would arise in the body of Christ, and would not spare the little flock of God.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Paul gave significant, advanced-warning about treachery within the Church, and seriously cautioned Timothy against false teachers, doctrines of demons, apostasy within the Body of Christ and ungodly heresies infiltrating the little flock of God.
Earlier we discover Paul exhorting Timothy to righteous living, Christian fidelity, fulfilling his ministry as a pastor and ensuring that he continues to be a worthy workman – approved of God.
Paul encouraged Timothy to flee from evil lusts, and to preach the whole council of Christ.. and he further expressed his grief over certain men, who were distorting the pure gospel of grace, and destroying the faith of some, by teaching that there was no resurrection!
But in this final section, Paul reiterates the serious warning of godlessness in the last days, where evil men will go from bad to worse – deceiving others, and being deceived themselves… For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, is Paul’s heart-breaking pronouncement.
They will want to have their ears tickled, with a watered-down and compromised gospel, he continues, and they will accumulate for themselves teachers, who say the things they want to hear, by preaching a feel-good credo, instead of teaching the plain, truth of the gospel of grace, about sin and salvation.. and about Jesus Christ, as the one and only way to be justified by God.
The closer we get to the close of the Church age, the more we recognise this prophetic word from Paul, coming to pass. We see an evolving gospel, which focusses on a feel-good factor and we hear of ungodly aberration in the Body of Christ. Some teach a prosperity gospel, with its accompanying, unbiblical ‘word of faith’ declarations and positive proclamations, together with an emerging church, where Scripture is altered to tickle the ears of carnal men and foolish women.
Some falsely teach a universal salvation.. where everyone is eventually saved, or that there are many ways to God. Certain groups proclaim that we all worship the same deity, while others promote a social gospel and embrace polytheism, eastern mysticism, transcendental meditation, centering prayer or ‘Chrislam’. There are also those that follow secular philosophies and promote an unbiblical worldview – where Bible prophecy is ignored or twisted.. and extra biblical teachings are promoted, while others are encouraged in a purpose-driven life, through a socialite gospel.
Many like to focus on social changes in the community, while denigrating the gospel of Christ, the salvation of the lost and spiritual maturity, while others continue to teach an equally concerning works-based religion, rather that a grace-based faith, which too often promotes the unbiblical teaching called, ‘replacement theology – which incorrectly teaches that the Church has replaced Israel.
Paul warned that the time would come when they will not endure sound doctrine, and would want to have their ears tickled, with a watered-down and compromised gospel, and accumulate for themselves teachers – having itching ears. How reflective of Christendom today, is this warning from Paul.
Let us beware of the many false teachers, doctrines of demons, extra-biblical revelation, fascination with angels and the plethora of ungodly teachings that are infiltrating Christianity today – lest we be drawn away into unscriptural teachings and an unbiblical worldview. Let us study to show ourselves approved unto God and take to heart the whole, council of God – so that we are not led astray, in these increasingly evil and godless times.
Heavenly Father, keep me low at the cross and looking to Jesus. Protect my heart and mind from the huge numbers of false teachers and unbiblical doctrines that are flooding the church today. Help me to identify false teachings and distorted doctrines.. and I pray that I may flee from the increasing amount of ungodly, unbiblical and extra-biblical teachings, that are flooding Christendom today. I pray that I may live worthy of my calling in Christ, and live my life to His praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.